Reset Login Password in Windows

Installing a program that only works on a Windows XP. The only computer with Win XP I have was stored in a box and it’s kind of old.

At the login screen I had to put a password. I just couldn’t remember a password from 7 years ago.

I used to have a CD (compact disc. They were used to stored data. It looks like vinyl record but smaller. A vinyl record is …whatever). Anyways…I used to have a program that would reset windows passwords. You run it and it asks for a new password. Easy. Cheap.

Reset Login Password

(You need a Windows XP installation CD)

  1. Go to the Login screen and note the user name
  2. Insert the CD and restart the computer. Make sure as to boot from the CD.
  3. Select the option to repair Windows.
  4. It will show something like select the Windows installation you want to repair. Then it will show the directory where Windows is installed such as 1: C:\Windows. You need to type 1 or the number that shows up on your screen.
  5. It showed Enter the Administrator password. I just hit Enter. It took me to the command prompt at the directory C:\Windows
  6. At the prompt type copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\ and press Enter. It will say something like 1 file copied
  7. Type copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe and press Enter. It will ask if you want to overwrite. Type Y
  8. Type exit to exit command prompt which will reboot. Remove the CD.
  9. At the login screen. Tap Shift 5 times. It will pop up a window with the command prompt.
  10. Type net user username password. Replace username with your user and password with a new password. For example: net user bob password1 and hit Enter, of course.
  11. Type exit to exit the prompt and go back to the login screen.
  12. Select the user and type in the new password.

For more info on how to remove the previous process. Read the source above.

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