Have you forgotten your Windows password and can’t log on to your computer? It happens quite often really so don’t worry, with each version of Windows, recovering a lost password becomes a bit harder, thanks to Microsoft’s inexorable security improvements. However, there’s no need to abandon hope as there is a few methods you can try:
One of the easiest solutions is to enter through another Administrator account, there is a bunch of hidden accounts with administrative privileges that come pre created in Windows for troubleshooting, the most common ones are named “Administrator, Owner, XP“. Any administrator account can reset the password of any other account.
If you’re NOT using the Windows XP log-in screen (the one with the icons for each user), you can try logging in with the account named ‘Administrator’, which is hidden on the XP log-in screen. If you are using the XP log-in screen, try pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del to reach the old, NT-style screen, which should allow you to type in the user name.
If no other account with administrative privileges exist (which is really rare), you will need to use a password cracker to crack it.Ophcrack would be my first choice as it is freeware and performs the job fast.You will have to use another computer to download the iso file from ophcrack.sourceforge.net, burn it onto a CD using any burning application (I suggest DeepBurner as it’s freeware).Boot from this CD and watch Ophcrack go to work. Based on extensive password tables, it can recover most passwords in a matter of minutes, for all the accounts on a PC.