How to override the windows XP administrator password

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How to override the windows XP administrator password
It can be frustrating to lose your Windows XP administrator password. (last straw image by Jake Hellbach from

Windows XP includes support for two different types of user accounts: administrator accounts and standard user accounts. Administrator accounts in Windows XP have the power to do things that standard user accounts do not. Without administrative access to the system, there are many features and settings that you cannot change or use. If you have lost the password to your administrator account, there are a number of ways you can attempt to override or bypass the Windows XP login.

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    Log into Windows XP with an account that has administrative privileges which you know the password for.

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    Open the "Start" menu and click "Run." Type "control userpasswords2" into the "Open" box and click on "OK."

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    Select the administrative user account for which you have forgotten the password. Click on the "Change Password" button.

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    Enter a new password into the "New password" and "Confirm new password" dialogue boxes. Click "OK" to complete resetting the password.

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    Reboot your computer to the Windows login screen.

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    Press the "Control," "Alt" and "Delete" keys at the same time to bring up a dialogue box asking for a user name and password.

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    Enter "Administrator" as the user name. Leave the "Password" box blank and press "Enter" without entering a password. If you did not set a password for the default "Administrator" account during Windows set-up, you can log in with the default account.

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