How to Reset an XP Password With BartPE

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How to Reset an XP Password With BartPE
Access the Administrator account with BartPE. (computer image by michele goglio from

BartPE is a free software program that is used to restore your XP computer. The program is burnt onto a disc, which is then used in case your Windows PC will not start or has booting error issues. The program can also reset a lost XP password. Normally the Administrator must enter a password in order to access the user account and make system-wide changes, but if you are locked out and do not know the password, the BartPE disc can reset the password.

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  • BartPE disc

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  1. 1

    Insert the BartPE disk.

  2. 2

    Restart your PC. Immediately start tapping "F8" or "Delete" until you get the BIOS screen. It will have a black background with white text.

  3. 3

    Highlight the "Boot" option with your arrow keys and press "Enter." Select "Disc Drive" as the boot option and then press "F10."

  4. 4

    Press "Yes" if it asks you to confirm the selection and then press "Enter" to reboot the PC.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Go" button when BartPE appears on the screen.

  6. 6

    Click on "Programs" > "Password Renew" > "Select Target Windows."

  7. 7

    Select "My Computer" > "C" > "Windows" > "Renew Existing User Password" > "Administrator." This instructs the program to reset the Admin password.

  8. 8

    Enter in a new Administrator password. Click on "Install" to set it. Remember this password and store it in a safe location.

  9. 9

    Press the "Eject" button on your disc drive and take out the disc.

  10. 10

    Restart your Windows XP computer. Your password is now reset.

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