Create a Password Reset Disk

Microsoft has enhanced security features in XP including the the ability to
create a floppy diskette to recover your password incase it is forgotten.

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel
  • Click User Accounts
  • Click on the account which you want to create a password disk
  • Click Prevent a forgotten password which starts the
    Forgotten Password Wizard . This is found under Related Tasks
  • Insert a blank, formatted disk into drive A, and click Next
  • Enter the password in the Current user account password

To use the recovery disk, at the Welcome screen

  • Click the user name whose password is on the recovery disk
  • Click the question mark button
    This causes the Did you
    forget your password
    message to appear.
  • Click use your password reset disk
    This will
    start the Password Reset Wizard.
From this point, just follow the
wizard’s instructions and you will be able to set a new password.

These instructions are for Windows XP workstation standalone in a
workstation. The instructions are different if the workstation is a member of a

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