How can I access the administrator account on XP if I forgot the password?

ROCKEE June 3, 2010
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I am using Widows XP Service Pack 2. I want to know how to enter into the administrator account if it is password protected and I don’t know the password (I forgot it).

  1. Kongjie
    December 16, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Method 1: Log on as admin to reset the password. When installing Windows, it automatically creates an account “Administrator” and the default password is blank. If you have previously created a password reset disk, you can use it to reset the password also. for more info.
    Method 2: You can try free software such as Ophcrack,Offline NT Password & Registry Editor,PC Login Now and Kon-Boot. More details here:
    Method 3: Use 3rd party password recovery tool (eg. Windows Password Rescuer and Windows password tools) to reset your windows password. You also can use it to create a New admin user account directly. See help page at

  2. pceasies
    June 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    If you have access to another account you can login and open the Command Prompt (Start > Run > cmd.exe)

    net user Adminstrator *

    Type the new password twice. If you don't have access to another account you'll have to try one of the above methods.

  3. fallsoffmotorcycle
    June 4, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    To blank out a windows password use . Google that word and download the app. Burn it to cd and boot into it. Follow the prompts and experiment a bit. It works very well.
    Also try , (Google the name). It will let you into Windows past any password. It is a virtual tool working at the kernel level. It does not make any changes to passwords at all.

  4. Aibek
    June 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm
    • Jack Cola
      June 5, 2010 at 11:10 am

      I wrote the first article Aibek mentioned, so if you need some help, just let me know.

  5. Steve Campbell
    June 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm


    I found multiple ways for you to accomplish this here:

    Some of the methods are a little unorthodox but I'm pretty sure you'll find something that works.

    • rob
      June 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

      Make an .
      Everyone should have one anyway.

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