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Reset Windows password with safe mode

Windows XP only

You have to know that this trick only works for Windows XP because the Administrator account doesn't exist anymore on Windows Vista and 7. You should make sure that you have the right Windows version. If that's the case, then this trick is the most simple.

If you don't have the right version, you can reset your Windows password with the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor.


On Windows, there is a hidden account named Administrator. Most of the time, this account has no password set. That means that you can start your computer with this account, open the Control panel to delete of change the password of any users and fix your problem. The trick to bring up this account, it's to boot Windows in safe mode.

  1. Boot your computer and immediately press on the F8 key repeatedly until your computer displays a menu with white letter on black background. 
  2. With the arrow keys, choose Safe Mode and press the Enter key.
  3. Press Enter again when you are asked what is the Windows version.
  4. On the home screen, click on Administrator. If you have no home screen, type Administrator without password. If Windows doesn't tell you that you have the wrong password, you have won. Otherwise, you can reset your Windows password with the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor.
  5. Click on Yes to stay in safe mode.
  6. Click on the Start menu in the botton left corner, go in the Control panel, then in User Accounts to change user passwords.