How to Recover Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Password [GUIDE]

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Gigabot, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. Gigabot

    Gigabot OSNN Senior Addict

    Did you ever find yourself in a situation where you forgot your Windows password or lost it? Don't worry, you can still recover your password. There are many methods to do this but I found a simple free solution when I tried recovering my Windows XP computer.

    Firstly you will need to download software onto your Floppy Drive or burn it onto a CD (Whichever is more convenient for you)

    1. Go to and download the Login Recovery software. On the main page you will see a download link for floppy disks, but if you don't have a floppy drive you can also download the CD version from here (

    2. Insert your floppy or your CD into your PC and start your PC.

    3. If you used a CD, you will see an encrypted form of the password on your screen. It will look something like this:
    "Administrator:500:0,CC,5E,9A,CB,AD,1B,25,C9,AA,D3,B4,35,B5,14,04,EE:_99,6E,67,60,CD,DD,88,15,A2,C2,4A,11,0C,F0,40,FB,087CA:::". Copy this down on a piece of paper. If you used a floppy disk then this will automatically be saved to your floppy disk.

    4. Now remove your CD or floppy and go on a computer with Internet access. Once you're online go to (

    5. If you used a floppy disk go to A:\UPLOAD.TXT and click Browse on LoginRecovery page, select the UPLOAD.TXT file and upload it. Also input your e-mail address and click submit.
    If you used a CD then scroll down on the LoginRecovery page and input your encrypted password that you wrote in step 3. Enter in your e-mail and click submit.

    6. You can either get your passwords instantly by paying a $29.31 fee or you can wait 72 hours and have the password e-mailed to you for free.

    This was the most quickest and straight-forward way I found to recover a Windows password. If you have any other method you found that is completely free and quicker please share it here.
  2. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

    Tested login recovery - email came back from them saying they could not decrypt the password.

    What I do is:

    If administrator account - Boot from BartPE CD and, after some registry manipulation, use a password recovery tool to reset the password.

    User accounts - boot into safe mode command prompt then type

    net users username 123

    this resets usernames password to 123

    I know others but can not discuss them here.
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  3. Gigabot

    Gigabot OSNN Senior Addict

    Thanks for sharing this method here! I'll definitely give this a go next time I have to recover a password (if that ever happens :D).