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    XP Password Reset Discs A Must Have.

    Password Reset Disks
    If you have a password on your Windows XP computer, and you don't have a Password Reset Disk, stop whatever you're doing and make one. Right now.

    A Windows XP Password Reset Disk is a remarkable little creature - usually a diskette - that magically allows you to log on to your PC, even if you've forgotten your password. Even if you've changed your password 2,147 times and you forgot it. The diskette doesn't actually store your password.

    It's kind of a "Get Out of Jail Free" card (or at least a "Get Into My PC Free" card) that lets you log on to your PC, no matter what password may be in effect.

    In earlier versions of Windows you didn't need a Password Reset Disk. All you needed was a DOS boot disk made on almost any computer and you could start the computer and access the hard drive. But in Windows XP (like Windows 2000 and NT) you can't use this backdoor.

    There are some caveats (aren't there always?). If your PC is connected to a Big Corporate Network (in Microsoft parlance a "domain") your Password Reset Disk won't get you onto the network. It'll only get you onto the PC itself - you have to ask your Network Admin to allow you onto the network. And - the real kicker - this diskette will let anybody onto your PC, using your i.d., any time. If you allow Windows XP to store, say, passwords for your favorite Web sites, they're all available for the picking to anybody who has the diskette. So you don't want to leave it lying around, alright?

    Making a Password Reset Disk
    If your computer isn't connected to a network, or it's connected to a peer-to-peer network (in MS-speak a "workgroup"), here's how you start the Forgotten Password Wizard:

    Make sure you have a diskette handy. (Microsoft says you have to use a blank formatted diskette, but that's ludicrous. All you need is 2 KB 0f spare room on any old diskette.)
    Log on normally.
    Click start | Control Panel | User Accounts. Click on your account, then click Prevent A Forgotten Password.
    The Forgotten Password Wizard kicks in. Follow the instructions and you'll end up with a Password Reset Disk.
    If your computer is connected to a Big Corporate Network (a "domain"):
    Make sure you have a diskette handy.
    Log on normally to your local computer.
    Hit Ctrl+Alt+Del.
    Click Change Password.
    Click Backup.
    The Forgotten Password Wizard starts and steps you through creating a Password Reset Disk.


    Using a Password Reset Disk
    If you ever forget your password, don't panic. At least, as long as you can find the diskette you stuck into the Forgotten Password Wizard, you have no reason to panic.

    If your PC uses the Welcome Screen (which is the common state of affairs for standalone PCs, and those that are connected to a peer-to-peer network):

    Click your name, and type in a (presumably incorrect) password.
    You get a message that says:
    Did you forget your password?
    You can click the "?" button to see your password hint.
    Or you can use your password reset disk.

    Click on Use Your Password Reset Disk.
    The Forgotten Password Wizard comes to life and steps you through the process of changing your password. You then use the new password to log on normally.

    If your PC doesn't use the Welcome Screen (which is how things normally work on a Big Corporate client-server "domain", and how a few really paranoid people set up their peer-to-peer "workgroups"):

    Type your user name and (presumably incorrect) password
    You get a "Logon Failed" dialog box. Click Reset.
    The Forgotten Password Wizard comes to the rescue


    From Woody's Windows XP

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    One question. Can this diskette be used with other PCs that have XP too?

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    Originally posted by Dehcbad25
    One question. Can this diskette be used with other PCs that have XP too?
    I think this is an excellent question. What stops you from making this diskette and going to another person computer and using it (if you knew their login name) ??

    Does it work for win2k ??

    Ok you might not get into the network of the domain, but you can get local access right? does that mean you can add yourself to the admin group then just login?

    Hmm.... this might be an interesting exploit

    --- 0wN3D by 3gG ---

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    Succeded in braking Windo TZ Veteran Dehcbad25's Avatar
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    Interesting point Cash, do what I was thinking was to avoid makig a diskette per computer in the network. Instead of making a diskette for every PC with XP (only 10 now) have one that works with all. (Just in case)

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    Triple Platinum Member Thor's Avatar
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    Has anyone checked to see if the one diskette will work on any Xp?

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    Thanks Thor, this should come in handy down the line. I'm guessing one disk per pc as its prolly matching PC ID # . Prolly be a good disc to store netwerk drivers and what not on?

    I've noticed I'm not the only idiot out there muckin about with netwerk settings.

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    Succeded in braking Windo TZ Veteran Dehcbad25's Avatar
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    Not idiot. There is too much knowlege about computers for a person to hold.
    Instead think of yourself as a person that has a lot more of things that too know too much details about PCs
    Though your avatar is very good.

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    LOL I've noticed more than one IT professional making a good living because people are too busy to read the manual!

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    Succeded in braking Windo TZ Veteran Dehcbad25's Avatar
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    REally?? Then please tell me where to go so I can make a good living
    Maybe I have little work because I am very good. I actually teach the users what to do, so I don't get call again for the same reason

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    Ah the clowns I know are setting up there employers systems so they (the clowns) are indespenible, integral parts of the orginzation. God helpem if anybody get interested in IT forums.

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    Succeded in braking Windo TZ Veteran Dehcbad25's Avatar
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    Well, I waste most of my time setting up employee's systems too. I really want to do real work, but getting aproval from my boss is a pain. And it is even frustrating since my ideas get refused, but months later appear from "him" with some changes, and the changes sometimes make the ideas look stupid. I am very demanding with my own job, so I like things made to its best

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