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Creating a Password Recovery Diskette

Q. I've forgotten my Windows XP password, what can I do?

A. Microsoft has enhanced security features in Windows XP including the the ability to create a diskette to recover passwords incase they are forgotten.

  • Click Start.
  • Click Control Panel.
  • Click User Accounts.
  • Click on the account which you want to create a password disk.
  • Click Prevent a forgotten password which starts the Forgotten Password Wizard . This is found under Related Tasks.
  • Insert a blank, formatted disk into drive A, and click Next.
  • Enter the password in the Current user account password box.

To use the recovery disk, at the Welcome screen;

  • Click the user name whose password is on the recovery disk.
  • Click the question mark button.
  • This causes the Did you forget your password message to appear.
  • Click use your password reset disk.
  • This will start the Password Reset Wizard.
  • From this point, just follow the wizard's instructions and you will be able to set a new password. This will work if you are NOT part of a domain.


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