How To Log On To Your Windows User Account If You Forget Your Password Or If Your Password Expires

Note: This is a guest post by Mark from WindowsPasswordsRecovery.com where he introduces his wonderful product for recovering Windows passwords in addition to other methods.
If you forget your Windows password or if your password expires, you must reset your password before you can log on to your computer. This article contains two methods that you can try to reset your password so that you can log on to your computer again.
This article is intended for a beginning to intermediate computer user.
You may find it easier to follow the steps if you print this article first.
Reset forgotten or expired password
If you forget your password or if your password expires, there are three methods that you can use to log on to create a new password. One method is to use a password reset disk, if you have created one. By using the password reset disk, you can recover your user account and your personalized computer settings. Another method is to log on using the administrator account to delete the forgotten password and then to create a new password, The third method is to use windows password recovery tool. You only need to reset the password to “Blank” without reformatting or reinstalling your system.
The instructions guide you through each step and help you verify that the problem is resolved.

Method 1: Use a password reset disk

To log on to the computer by using a password reset disk, follow these steps. If your computer is or was a member of a domain, go to the “Windows XP Professional in a domain” section and follow those steps.

Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional
1. Restart the computer.
2. On the Windows XP logon screen, click the user name that you want to use, and then press ENTER.
Note You receive the following error message:
Did you forget your password? You can click the “?” button to see your password hint. Or you can use your password reset disk. Please type your password again. Be sure to use the correct uppercase and lowercase letters.
3. Click Use your password reset disk. The Password Reset Wizard starts. The Password Reset Wizard enables you to create a new password for your user account.
4. In the Password Reset Wizard dialog box, click Next.
5. Insert the password reset disc into the CD drive, and then click Next.
6. Type a new password in the Type a new password box, and then type the password again in the Type the password again to confirm box.
7. In the Type a new password hint box, type a hint for the password, and then click Next.
8. Click Finish, and then try to log on to Windows XP again.
If you were able to reset your password and are now able to log on successfully, you have resolved the issue, and you are finished. If you are still unable to log on, try method 2.
Windows XP Professional in a domain
To log on to a computer by using a password reset disk, when that computer is a member of a domain, or was disconnected from a domain, follow these steps:
1. Restart the computer.
2. In the Welcome to Windows dialog box, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE.
3. In the Log On to Windows dialog box, type an incorrect password in the Password box, and then click OK.
4. In the Logon Failed dialog box, click Reset. The Password Reset Wizard starts. You can use the Password Reset Wizard to create a new password for your local account.
5. On the Welcome to the Password Reset Wizard page, click Next.
6. Insert the password reset disc into the CD drive, and then click Next.
7. Type a new password in the Type a new password box, and then type the password again in the Type the password again to confirm box.
8. In the Type a new password hint box, type a hint for the password, and then click Next.
9. Click Finish, and then try to log on to Windows XP again.
If you were able to reset your password and are now able to log on successfully, you have resolved the issue, and you are finished. If you are still unable to log on, try method 2.

Method 2: Log on as an administrator to reset the password

If you did not create a password reset disk, you may be able to log on as an administrator to reset a forgotten or expired password. The steps to do this differ if the computer is a stand-alone computer or a member of a workgroup of two or more, or a member of a domain. Select the appropriate set of steps from the following to try to log on as the administrator to reset the password.
Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional
To log on to a computer as the administrator to reset a password, try the following steps.
1. Log on as an administrator.
a. Restart the computer.
b. Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE two times, and then type the name of the administrator user account.
c. In the Password box, type the administrator password, and then click OK.
Note If the administrator password is set to a blank password, do not type a password before you click OK.
2. Reset the password.
. Click Start, and then click Run.
a. Type control userpasswords2, and then click OK.
b. On the Users tab, click the name of the user account that you want to reset the password for, and then click Reset Password.
c. Type a new password in the New password box, and then type the password again in the Confirm new password box, and then click OK.
d. Restart the computer, and then try to log on to Windows XP again.
If you can log on as an administrator to reset your password and you can now log on successfully, you have resolved the issue, and you are finished. If you are still unable to log on, go to the “Next Steps” section.
Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional in a workgroup
To log on to a computer as the administrator to reset a password, when that computer is in a workgroup of more than one member, follow these steps:
1. Log on as an administrator.
a. Restart the computer, and then press the F8 key during startup until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears.
b. On the Windows Advanced Options menu, use the arrow keys to select Safe Mode, and then press ENTER.
c. Select Microsoft Windows XP edition, and then press ENTER.
Note In this step, edition represents the correct Windows edition.
d. On the To begin, click your user name screen, click Administrator, and then type the administrator password.
e. Press ENTER, and then click Yes.
2. Reset the password.
. Click Start and then click Run.
a. Type control userpasswords2, and then click OK.
b. Click the name of the user account that you want to reset the password for.
c. Click Change the Password, and then type a new password.
Note If you do not want to use a password, click Remove password, and then continue to step “e.”
d. Click Change Password.
e. Restart the computer, and then try to log on to Windows XP again.
If you can log on as an administrator to reset your password and can now log on successfully, you have resolved the issue, and you are finished. If you are still unable to log on, go to the “Next Steps” section.
Windows XP Professional in a domain
To log on to a computer as the administrator to reset a password, when that computer is a member of a domain, follow these steps:
1. Log on as an administrator.
a. In the Welcome to Windows dialog box, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, and then type the name of the administrator user account.
b. In the Password box, type the administrator password, and then click OK.
Note If the administrator password is set to a blank password, do not type a password before you click OK.
2. Reset the password.
. Click Start and then click Run.
a. Type compmgmt.msc , and then click OK.
b. In the Computer Management (Local) dialog box, expand Local Users and Groups.
c. Click the Users folder, and then right-click the user account that you want to reset the password for.
d. Click Set Password, and then click Proceed.
e. Type a new password in the New password box, type the password again in the Confirm password box, and then click OK two times.
f. Restart the computer, and then try to log on to Windows XP again.

Method 3: Use windows password recovery tool

If you are not a computer technician, or not familiar with computer system operations, you may feel the above methods are scary and still can’t figure out what I am saying. Then you may try to use the software programs which may suit you. I’ve found that Windows Password Recovery Tool is the most effective. The program can easily reset the password to “Blank” without reformatting or reinstalling your system. Follow these steps:
1. Download Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0:
http://www.windowspasswordsrecovery.com/downloads/Windows_Password_Recovery_Tool_Trial.iso
2. Burn your Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 CD.
3. Insert newly created CD in your CD drive and reboot your computer.
4. Select Windows installation to be processed:
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5. Select the account to reset the password for:
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6. Reset your lost password.
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7. The user’s password has been successfully reset
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The third method can 100% reset any windows login password. It works perfectly to reset any local user account to a blank password.

20 thoughts on “How To Log On To Your Windows User Account If You Forget Your Password Or If Your Password Expires”

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  2. here is the methods I know.
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    Start system and when you See Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press ctrl+alt+del keys Twice and it’ll show Classic Login box. Now type “Administrator” (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank. Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows.
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