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Creating a Login Password Reset Disk (Windows XP)

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq PCs with Windows XP and a floppy drive.
If you forget your login password in Windows XP Home Edition, you can use a password reset disk to reset the password and login. You are only required to create this disk once, and no matter how many times you change your password the disk will always work if you forget the password.
To create a password reset disk:
  1. Logon to Windows XP using the current password.
  2. Click Start, and then Control Panel.
  3. Click User accounts, and click the account name that you are currently using.
  4. Click Prevent a forgotten password in the top left hand corner of the window
    The forgotten password wizard opens.
  5. Click Next on the welcome screen
  6. Insert a blank floppy disk in the floppy drive and click Next.
  7. Enter the current login password in the field provided, and click Next.
  8. Click Next.
  9. After the disk is created click the Finish button.
To use the password reset disk when you forget your login password, follow the steps below.
  1. At the logon screen click the user account you would like to use.
  2. Enter an incorrect password or no password at all and press enter on the keyboard.
  3. Click Use your password reset disk in the "did you forget your password" window that opens.
    The password reset wizard opens.
  4. Click Next to continue.
  5. Insert the password reset disk into the floppy drive and then click Next.
  6. Type and confirm your new password in the fields provided. You may also type a new password hint.
  7. Click Next to continue.
  8. The password has been reset, remove the password reset disk from the floppy drive, and click Finish.
  9. Type your new password and logon to Windows.
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