Introduction: How to Bypass Windows XP Login Passwords From Scratch

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This is my first instructable, so don't be too hard on me.
This instructable basically sums up most of the login bypassing methods posted on Instructables.

Step 1: The Golden Disclaimer

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First, the standard disclaimer that goes with any good Instructable: This is to be used for instructional purposes only, and I am not liable for any damage or destruction to you or your computer that may occur from attempting this Instructable. In other words, if you delete your registry or mess with a school computer and get arrested, it's not my fault. And don't use this to get into someone else's computer either.*cough*

Step 2: The Easy Part

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Ok, now to start.
If you have a login page like the one in the intro, go to step 2. If you have a login page like this one, it should be relatively easy to get into. Unless the default administrator account has been changed, all you have to do is type "Administrator" or "administrator" as the user name and the password will be either blank or "password". Then press "OK" and you should be in.

Step 3: The Nastier Part

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If you have a fancy windows login page, things are a little more annoying. First, click "shut down" to shut down the computer. Then turn it back on. As soon as the screen turns on, press and hold F8. After about 10 seconds, a boot options menu will pop up.

Step 4: Safe Mode

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Now, in the menu, which should look like the picture below, select safe mode and press enter. It will show a whole bunch of gobbleygook for quite a while, (which you don't need to know anything about)and then it will bring you to the login page. This time though, there should be an account named "administrator". Click it, and either type "password" or nothing, whichever one works. If you don't get in after that, you're bummed.

Step 5: The Guest Account Method

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If nothing so far has worked, but there is a non-passworded guest account, you may have hope yet.
Go into the guest account, click the start menu, click run, and then type in "cmd". A black window should pop up.
Then, after typing "net user administrator *" , press enter and you will be given directions to create a new password for the administrator. After typing in the new password, press enter and close the window. Log off, then get into the administrator account with the new password.

Step 6: If You Get Stuck

If you try this and it says "access denied", you're out of luck. :(
(If its got security, you probably shouldn't be in it anyway.)

Well, that's the end. I hope this was useful, and if you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment.


GabrielT37 (author)2017-04-13

So I found some computers on a hard rubbish collection day and they were Windows XP, one of them had the simply login and after trying once I gave up but I then just went crazy on the keyboard and I got in XD

Never knew the 'net user Administrator *' worked as low as Windows XP, I only then tested it with Windows 8 and 10 nothing below, so nice to know!!!

Jacqueline_Walker (author)2017-03-10

Please don't waste your time with these methods, the only one that has ever given me any results is this one here:

oneacarp (author)2016-12-26

I used iseepassword windows password recovery tool to reset my win 10 password, it works very fast and easy.

MS75 made it! (author)2016-05-05

Thanks! It worked !!

moniquecrossland87 (author)2016-04-21

After typing "net user administrator", and typed in the new password it said "Is not recognized as an internal or external command operable program or batch file."....Any help would be deeply appreciated tyia!

JuneU (author)2016-03-31

Worked great. Thanks so much.

Oliviaheyer229 (author)2016-03-25

It didn't work?

remolacho (author)2015-11-28

Long life and happy holiday's. I got it. Txs so much.

psyko beats (author)2015-09-25

am getting a problem when i get to the stage after typing net user and pressing enter. how should i continue on?

smithad1 (author)2015-09-23

it works

faizank2 (author)2015-04-10


innocent.frimenjibo (author)2015-03-10

it worked thanks guy

hydell101 (author)2015-03-09

Thank you.... I had the simple login screen.... administrator worked for me.

fadedmike361 (author)2015-01-19

how to bypass forgotten password

BaTcH MasTeR 101 (author)2014-03-01

Or U could just use the BIOS

lingsang (author)2013-09-26

I have ever forgot my Windows XP password and locked out of computer. I was able to deal with it until my friend recommended me Windows Password Key ( ). It is really helpful. Only took me 4 minutes and 3 steps to bypass forgotten Windows xp password.

HiPoweredHacker (author)2013-04-16

In windows 7 use xp mode, hack from there. You may just get lucky enough.

P.S. I will not be responsible for any wrong things you do from my comments or instructables, it will be your fault.

zaroc (author)2012-02-29

hi, i like the way u talk, u girls r cool, looks like you threes a comp. guins, could u guys help me with the bypass thing,,,(zaroc)

ranm (author)2007-11-11

In XP Pro, if you have fast user switch turned on, you could just press ctrl+alt+del two times.

vaiden (author)ranm2008-01-24

lol, Exactly. Another fun way to do this is to have a moment alone with the PC while it is logged in to any Administrative account. Then press windows+R to open the run box. Now type controluserpasswords2. Now feel free to blank or change any account password on the computer.

shtihl (author)vaiden2011-11-28

control userpasswords2 (just so you know correct format)

jmartin47 (author)2011-11-02

sounds like u no lot bout computers juss gettin in2 them myself but real reason i got expensive computer password all kinds of sercurity need to get in hit me up if no peace

I think you guys have forgotten that we're supposed to be discussing how to bypass Windows XP login passwords from scratch, not Windows and Vista popularity contests. Anyhoo, is it possible to get into an account without using command prompt? The school set a password on a user account that used to be open to everyone. Now my saved stuff is locked in it.

I would recommend talking to the school staff about it. They could probably help you. If not, you could try to look at other instructables on using Ophcrack or such, but I don't reccomend it as I've had bad experiences with my school and computers before.

zuner2012 (author)mad_scientist2009-05-29

don't do this. google: UBCD4Win. It is awesome. Full ntfs reading/writing. Just boot away; and take back your files, leaving no trace.

jerrytt (author)zuner20122011-08-29

The UBCD4WIN program is lame enough. Installs after many "what if" questions, then when run won't take Windows 7 ultimate 64 or Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2 or find files. Too complicated to try and guess how to use it or get it to find files it needs

ascontracts (author)2008-09-09

Ok, my computer goes straight to this page after starting it, but the default administrator account was changed. my user name always loads up with this page but no longer have the password for it and I just cant seem to bypass the system in anyway... Any suggestions or am I s.o.l.? Thanks, Adam

jbv6 (author)ascontracts2008-12-25

O.K., open Command prompt(if you don't know how to do this, or if your computer has it blocked, send me a message, and I can tell you how) then, type "net user"(without the quotations), and press enter. it should give you a list of users, and you should be able to tell which one you want, if you can't, try each one.

acranford (author)jbv62011-06-08

i dont know how to do that

rbailey11 (author)jbv62009-08-25

OK i used the net user idea, but i still dont have the password for the users. how do i bypass them????

LinuxH4x0r (author)2007-11-09

Windows sucks - Try getting into a linux box. I'm running fedora core 5 (yea I know its old, but it works) I don't get viruses and I'm waaaay more secure. The box said vista or BETTER, so I installed LINUX!!!

YummyPancakes (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-04-27

Windows = C
Unix = BASIC
Windows > Unix


lagooned (author)YummyPancakes2008-06-23

what? look down! \/ "We Have a "be nice" comment policy...

YummyPancakes (author)lagooned2008-06-23

What? I was just stating my opinion. two months ago

lagooned (author)YummyPancakes2011-03-27

Well actually, this comment made no sense to me... TWO WHOLE YEARS AGO.

cornflaker (author)lagooned2008-12-09

It doesn't say your not entitled to an opinion though.

Oops, that's Unix. I was wrong, Linux beats XP any day.

In fact, that reminds me of a conversation me and a few of my classmates had today in Math class. It was me, two football jocks, and the teacher.

Jock 1 (to jock 2) : You're a nerd.
Jock 2 (to jock 1): You're a nerd!
Teacher: You know who's a real nerd? Bill Gates.
Jock 1: Yeah, even though he just pretends to be smart and rich.
Me: Of course he pretends to be smart! He invented Windows!

LinuxH4x0r (author)YummyPancakes2008-12-10


drmjj55 (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-11-28

linux sucks too!!

LinuxH4x0r (author)drmjj552008-11-28

how so?

drmjj55 (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-11-29

which is more popular? linux or windows??

LinuxH4x0r (author)drmjj552008-11-29

popularity has nothing to do with it. Most of the internet is running on Linux servers.

DJ Radio (author)LinuxH4x0r2010-10-30

Sorry for a 2 year old reply, but popularity does have something to do with it. If an operating system is more popular, that means more programs and drivers will run with that system, and be more compatible with it.

Now I know there are utilities like Wine that get around the compatibility issue, but still.

octavian234 (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-04-17

linux is way less popular then windows because the only people that use linux are people that are tech saavy and since the majority of america doesnt even know how to use the command prompt they have windows

cornflaker (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-12-09

Ahh I hate it when people always use popularity as an excuse for something being better, its sooo annoying! I mean I tried to switch to linux (tried a few distros) but I went straight back to windows after, I definitely like windows MUCH more, but yeah popularity doesn't have ANYTHING to do with how good it is people.

LinuxH4x0r (author)cornflaker2008-12-10

I get your point too. Its hard to switch over, but for certain tasks its easier. It still needs a little work. Honestly most of the time nowadays I use OSx

-Cry_Wolf (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-12-17

... OS X and XP FTW........

Because in the situation of web servers all you want on there (OS wise) is something simple to handle networking. PC wise Windows is much mroe powerful than any other OS.

how is it "more powerful"?

You can do more with it. There many thousands of pieces of software you can run on windows to build it up to whatever you need it to do.

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