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.
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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.
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HackingT5 days ago
MichaelP212 months ago
faizank23 months ago


it worked thanks guy

it worked thanks guy

hydell1014 months ago

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

fadedmike3616 months ago
how to bypass forgotten password
nabilak7 months ago

Nice Thank you....www.techrainy.com

nabilak7 months ago

Nice Post Thnak you....<a href="http://www.techrainy.com/2014/10/how-to-recover-admin-password-in-window.html">How to Recover Admin Password in Window XP</a>

Boylet149 months ago

Forgetting the Windows password is not new. Many people suffer from this problem. Very easy solution to bypass Windows XP login password is use of the password recovery tools for Windows. Various such tools are available which can do the desired, but SmartKey Windows Password Recovery is one of the best and reliable tools to reset Windows password to a blank password.

BoelyYohay10 months ago

It is unnecessary to reinstall Windows, this will let you loss important data. The best way is using Windows xp password reset disk to regain password, if you have no disk, you can use some Windows password recovery tool to reset password, these tools can save data in your computer

greenlist10 months ago
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Christopher-1410 months ago

It's common that people often forget their Windows XP password and have no idea how to bypass it but reinstall the system. However this way maybe cause data loss in the computer. Here I will share 3 easy methods to reset the lost password without any data loss. Please turn to the following page:


bensimth1 year ago

I also ever met such problem, but finally, I found Windows Password Unlocker, it helped me solve the problem, you can find it at: <a href="http://www.passwordtech.com/free-reset-windows-password.html">free reset windows password</a>

Or U could just use the BIOS

topunlocker2 years ago
For bypassing windows xp password, you can do it with the following methods:

1. Using a password reset disk is the simplest way to get back in business if you forgot your Windows XP password. Of course, it assumes that you had the forethought to create a password reset disk when you set up your computer.

2. Logging On as an Administrator

For most Windows XP systems, there is a built-in "Administrator" account that can be accessed without a password. But first you have to start your computer in "safe mode." Follow these instructions, and you should be back in good graces with XP in a jiffy:

3. Ophcrack (http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/)

If you're feeling brave, or like to play hacker, you can download the free Ophcrack program from another PC, and burn it to a CD.

4. Windows Password Unlocker (http://www.passwordunlocker.com/windows-password-recovery.html)

If you can not reset or bypass the xp password with the above methods, try with the professional and powerful tool.
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 ( http://www.lostwindowspassword.com/windows-password-recovery.htm ). It is really helpful. Only took me 4 minutes and 3 steps to bypass forgotten Windows xp password.
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.
rarora32 years ago
Bypass Window's Password Security ?
Karel098483 years ago
Thanks for great trick! I have just come across another way to bypass Windows password. All of them are wonderful!
A new way to reset a forgotten Windows password, compare to to this trick, the new way is a universal way to recover any lost windows password.
ranm7 years ago
In XP Pro, if you have fast user switch turned on, you could just press ctrl+alt+del two times.
vaiden ranm7 years ago
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 vaiden3 years ago
control userpasswords2 (just so you know correct format)
syons shtihl3 years ago
Why not use Windows xp Password reset disk, it is free! Or recover Windows XP password with Windows Password Rescuer, it also can be used to reset Windows 7 password if you forgot Windows 7 password.
zaroc syons3 years ago
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)
syons zaroc3 years ago
Maybe this article also say about Windows XP password reset.
Instead of bypassing or hacking, Recover Windows XP password is legal.
jmartin473 years ago
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.
don't do this. google: UBCD4Win. It is awesome. Full ntfs reading/writing. Just boot away; and take back your files, leaving no trace.
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
ascontracts6 years ago
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
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 jbv64 years ago
i dont know how to do that
rbailey11 jbv65 years ago
OK i used the net user idea, but i still dont have the password for the users. how do i bypass them????
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
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!!!
Windows = C
Unix = BASIC
Windows > Unix


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