How to Unlock/Reset Dell Laptop Password Windows XP

How to unlock Dell laptop password Windows XP if you have forgotten the administrator password?

If you need to regain access to your Dell laptop Windows XP without losing data, you can follow four guides in this article to easily reset forgotten Windows XP password and then you will be able to unlock your Dell laptop Windows XP without old password.

Method 1: Use the Best Windows Password Reset Software to Reset Password on Dell Laptop Windows XP.

With help of Windows Password Rescuer, you can easily reset forgotten Windows XP administrator and user password on any laptop and desktop computers. This is currently the best Windows password reset software in the market. It can help reset local and domain administrator or user password for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista XP and Windows server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003 etc.

In this guide, I will show you how to quickly reset Windows XP administrator password on a Dell laptop. All data in the computer will be fine after reset the password.

Step 1: Use another computer to install Windows Password Rescuer and create a Windows password recovery disk.

1. Purchase Windows Password Rescuer Personal full version and then you will receive a full download link in your email. (Free download trial version)

2. Download and install the software. Insert a blank USB flash drive or DVD into the computer and launch the software. Choose “USB device” or “CD/DVD” option.

3. Select your USB or DVD from pull-down drive list and then click “Begin Burning” to create a Windows password recovery disk.

4. Once burning successfully completed, take out the disk and transfer it to your Dell laptop.

Step 2: Use the Windows password recovery disk to reset Windows XP password on your Dell laptop.

1. Firstly, insert your Windows password recovery disk into your Dell laptop. It is necessary to set your Dell laptop to boot from USB or CD/DVD. You can follow the step by step guides bellow if you have trouble to do this.

1) How to set computer to boot from USB.

2) How to set computer to boot from CD/DVD.

2. Once your Dell laptop boots from the disk, Windows Password Rescuer will run automatically and show you a friendly interface. Now select Windows XP from list.

3. All local user accounts of Windows XP will be displayed in list. Select “Administrator”.

4. Click “Reset Password” to reset the administrator’s password. Select “Yes” when a confirm message pops up.

5. The administrator’s password has been reset to “blank” and shown in list.

6. Click “Reboot” button. When a confirm message pops up, remove your Windows password recovery disk and then click “Yes” to restart the laptop.

7. Once the Windows XP login screen appears, click “Administrator” to sign in without password! Congratulations! You have successfully unlocked your Dell laptop Windows XP.

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Method 2: Use Free Password Reset Disk to Reset Dell Laptop Password Windows XP.

Commonly, when people add a strong password to their admin account in Windows XP, they would create a free password reset disk to prevent a forgotten password for the admin account. Once you lost the admin password after that, you can use the password reset disk to easily reset your forgotten admin password just from sign in screen.

1. Power on your computer to start Windows XP. When the login screen appears, attempt to sign in your user account with a wrong password. It will tell you that the password is incorrect and give you a link to reset password with your reset disk. Connect your password reset disk to the computer and open the link. (If the link disappears, try to sign in with wrong password again)

2. Windows XP password reset wizard is open. Click “Next” to continue.

3. In this step, your password reset disk will be shown in the pull-down drive list. Select it and then click “Next”.

4. Type a new password in the NEW PASSWORD BOX and reenter it again to confirm. Then click “Next”. The old password will be replaced with the new one and you will now be able to log into Windows XP with the new password.

So, this is a useful and free way to reset forgotten password on your Dell laptop Windows XP without losing data. However, if you never created the disk for your user account, this method cannot help you at all.


Method 3: Reset Windows XP Password on Dell Laptop from Safe Mode.

To unlock your Dell laptop password Windows XP, you also can reset your forgotten login password from safe mode. In Windows XP safe mode, you may be able to log on by using the built-in administrator account with blank password.

So boot your Windows XP in safe mode and try to log on with the built-in administrator. Then you can reset any user account password easily. Here is the step-by-step guide.

1. Power on your Dell laptop and tab F8 as soon as possible to open “Windows Advanced Options Menu”. Press arrow key to highlight “Safe Mode with Command Prompt”. Then press “Enter” key.

2. Select “Microsoft Windows XP Professional” and hit “Enter”.

3. Windows XP will boot in Safe Mode with Command Prompt and automatically launch the cmd.exe. (If the built-in administrator is protected with a password, you need to enter your password first)

4. In the command window, type “net user” and press “Enter” to list all local user accounts of Windows XP. If you want to reset user account Dave’s password, use the following command: Type “net user Dave 123456” and then press “Enter”. The old password will be replaced with 123456. Restart the computer and then you can unlock your Dell laptop Windows XP with the new password.


Method 4: Reset Dell Laptop Password Windows XP from Lusrgms.

In fact, the easiest way to reset Dell laptop password Windows XP is using an available admin account. If you have an admin account on your Dell laptop Windows XP, now login and then use Lusrmgr tool to reset your forgotten password.

1. Log on Windows XP with an admin account. Press “Win+R” keys and then type “lusrmgr.msc”. Press “Enter” key and it will open “Local Users and Groups” for you.

2. Right-click your user account and select “set password”.

3. Enter a new password twice and then click “OK”. The old password will be replaced with the new one. In next sign-in, you can use the new password to unlock you Dell laptop Windows XP.


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