How can I get into my Windows XP PC I lost my administrator password and can’t access safe mode?

rab October 12, 2012

I found a keylogger on my desktop (an older model Compaq Evo running XP Pro) so I made a password and locked my system but my wife accidentally threw it away.

Is there a way I can get around the administrator password besides safemode because pressing F8 won’t boot into safe mode.

  1. The Answerer
    October 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Try to pres F8 before the computer shows logo, then scroll down with the arrow key and click safe mode. Or, on the login screen, instead of clicking a user, press:

    And type in for username: Administrator Password:(Leave it blank)

    Hope I helped!

  2. Yiz Borol
    October 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Ophcrack is also a good option, it's pretty simple and works for passwords less than 13 characters (over that just takes a very long time (years...)

  3. susendeep dutta
    October 12, 2012 at 11:17 am
    • Harish Jonnalagadda
      October 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Worked so well for me over the years, thanks!

  4. Sabby Kutty
    October 12, 2012 at 7:26 am

    try with hiren's boot cd..hopes it works!!

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    October 12, 2012 at 5:28 am

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  6. Jacob Mathew
    October 12, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Try linux live cd.

  7. Bruce Epper
    October 12, 2012 at 3:22 am

    You could always use something along the lines of Hiren's Boot CD to remove the admin password or use a Linux LiveCD to remove or reset the password.

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