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Create a Windows XP Password Reset Disk
Creating a Windows XP password reset disk is a great way to protect yourself from the possibility of forgetting your account password. With it, you can easily reset your password and get right in to Windows XP.
It's true that there are ways to recover lost Windows passwords without a password reset disk but they are often complicated and I find they are time consuming.
Be proactive by creating a password reset disk right now. With a password reset disk, you don't ever have to worry about forgetting your password again. Follow my easy steps to create a password reset disk for your Windows XP account
1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.
2. Click on the User Accounts link.
3. In the pick an account to change area of the User Accounts window, click on your Windows XP user name.
4. In the Related Tasks area on the left, click the Prevent a forgotten password link.
5. When the Forgotten Password Wizard window appears, click Next.
Note: You will need a floppy disk drive and a blank floppy disk.
6. On the next screen, verify that a blank floppy disk is inserted in your floppy disk drive. Click Next to continue.
7. With the disk still in the drive, enter your current account password in the text box and click Next.
8. Windows XP will now create the password reset disk.
When the progress indicator shows 100% complete, click Next and then click Finish in the next window.
You can now remove the floppy disk from your computer.
Label the disk "Password Reset" and store it in a safe place.
Not a Windows XP user? Creating a password reset disk in Windows Vista is very similar to creating a password reset disk in Windows XP. See my Windows Vista Tips section
You only need to create a password reset disk for your Windows XP logon password once. No matter how many times you change your password, this disk will always allow you to create a new one.
While a password reset disk will certainly come in handy if you ever forget your password, keep in mind that anyone who possesses this disk will be able to access your account at any time, even if you change your password.