Forgot HP Laptop Password Windows XP How to Unlock It

“I have an old laptop with Windows XP system and haven’t used it for years. Now, I cannot remember the administrator password at all and I don’t have a password reset disk. How can I unlock the HP laptop Windows XP? Really need to get back some data from the laptop.”

In Windows XP and beyond Windows versions, users are able to create a password reset for preventing a forgotten password for the administrator account. However, many people haven’t done this at all. This will leave you at your wit's end when you forgot your administrator account password. Luckily, we have some other methods to reset forgotten administrator password for Windows XP Professional or Home without reset disk.

OK, go back to the question at the top of the article, how to unlock HP laptop Windows XP if you have forgotten your administrator password? In this tutorial, I will show you three methods to reset administrator password and unlock HP laptop Windows XP without reset disk, without losing data. Of course, you also can do this on any other brand of laptop or desktop computer.

Method 1: Use Password Rescuer to Unlock HP Laptop Windows XP without Password. (This is 100% working.)

Method 2: Unlock HP Laptop Password Windows XP from Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

Method 3: Reset Admin Password and Unlock HP Laptop Windows XP with NT Password Editor.

Method 1: Use Password Rescuer to Unlock HP Laptop Windows XP without Password. (This is 100% working.)

Forgot HP laptop password Windows XP no reset disk, the best way to unlock your HP laptop Windows XP is using Password Rescuer to reset your forgotten admin password. This is a powerful password recovery tool which allows users to reset forgotten admin password for any Windows Operating System such as Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Windows server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003, etc. People can also use it to recover lost password for Microsoft Word document, Excel worksheet, PowerPoint presentation, Access database file, RAR/ZIP archive and PDF. Using the following links, you can purchase full version of Password Rescuer Personal and free download trial version of Password Rescuer Personal.

To use Password Rescuer Personal to unlock HP laptop password Windows XP, complete the following steps.

Step 1: Use Password Rescuer to create a password recovery dis with USB flash drive.

Password Rescuer Personal allows users to create password recovery disk with a CD/DVD or USB flash drive on any Windows computer. In this guide, I will show you how to unlock HP laptop password Windows XP with USB flash drive.

1. Click “Purchase” or “Buy Now” link to purchase full version of Password Rescuer Personal. A moment later, you will receive the full version from email you provided.

2. Install Password Rescuer Personal full version on a Windows computer which you can login as administrator. Upon launch the software and choose “Remove Windows administrator and user passwords”.

3. On the next screen, plug a blank USB flash drive into the current computer and select “Windows Password Rescuer”.

4. Check option of “Burn to USB” and then select your USB flash drive from the pull-down drive list. Then click “Burn” button and confirm it.

5. When successfully complete burning, unplug the USB flash drive and close the software.

Step 2: Use the USB flash drive to unlock HP laptop Windows XP without password.

1. Now, connect the USB flash drive to your HP laptop. Set the laptop to boot from USB. (Read more details about this step.)

2. Wait for the laptop to boot from USB and load Windows Password Rescuer screen. When you get the following screen, select “Windows XP” and then select your administrator account from list.

3. Click “Reset Password” button.

4. When a confirm message pops up, click “Yes”.

5. The administrator account password will be removed from your HP laptop.

6. Click “Reboot”. When a confirm message pops up, unplug the USB flash drive and then click “Yes”.

7. Wait for the computer to load Windows XP and then you can unlock the HP laptop without password.

 

Method 2: Unlock HP Laptop Password Windows XP from Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

In Windows XP, there is a built-in administrator account which was built while you install the Windows OS and was hidden by default, but we can log into this account in safe mode. So you can use this account to reset any other user account password on your HP laptop Windows XP.

This is a good way to unlock HP laptop password Windows XP without disk. However, before doing this, make sure that you haven’t create password for the Windows XP built-in administrator. If your forgotten password is for the built-in administrator, this method is useless. The following procedure is about how to unlock HP laptop password Windows XP from Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

Step 1: Turn on your HP laptop and hit F8 immediately to get into the Windows Advanced Options Menu. Hit down key on your keyboard to move the highlight to “Safe Mode with Command Prompt”, press Enter key.

Step 2: In next screen, select “Microsoft Windows XP Professional” and then press Enter key.

Step 3: Wait for the laptop to load Windows XP Safe Mode and login the built-in administrator automatically. When Command Prompt launches and the command window appears on the screen, you can now reset any of your user account password easily.

Step 4: To view all your Windows XP user accounts info, type “net user” in the command window and then press Enter key. To reset a user account password, type “net user [user name] [new password]” and then press Enter key. Restart the computer to load Windows XP in normal mode and then you can use the new password to unlock your HP laptop Windows XP.

 

Method 3: Reset Admin Password and Unlock HP Laptop Windows XP with NT Password Editor.

This is a free Windows password remover which can help remove administrator and user passwords from Windows 7, Vista or XP computer, but it is not easy enough for new users that it will ask you to make changes to system files.

Let’s see how to use NT Password Editor to reset Windows XP admin password and unlock a HP laptop.

Step 1: Create a bootable CD/DVD with NT Password Editor.

1. Search for “Offline NT Password&Registry Editor” and download it on a computer which you can access.

2. Prepare a writable CD/DVD. Use a ISO CD/DVD burning software to help burn the NT Password Editor ISO file on to the prepared CD/DVD.

Step 2: Boot your HP laptop from CD/DVD and reset admin password for Windows XP.

1. Place the newly-created CD/DVD into the HP laptop which you need to unlock. Then set the laptop to boot from CD/DVD.

2. When the laptop successfully boots from CD/DVD, it will load a blank screen of NT Password Editor. Press Enter key on your keyboard until the following screen comes up. Then type “1” and hit Enter key to go on to next step.

3. Windows XP installation partition is loaded. Type “1” and press Enter key to load SAM System Security file.

4. Type “1” and press Enter key to load user account information from the SAM file.

5. Now you can see that all user accounts of Windows XP are displayed. To select a user account which you want to reset the login password, type the user name and then press Enter key.

6. Type “1” and then press Enter key, NT Password Editor will remove the user account password from your HP laptop Windows XP.

7. Password cleared, type “!” and then press Enter key to continue.

8. If you have removed password for an admin account, you don’t need to remove other user account password at all. Type “q” and then press Enter key.

9. When it asks you to write the SAM file back to the Windows installation, type “y” and then press Enter key.

10. Try the whole process again? Of course not. Just type “n” and then press Enter key.

11. Now, eject the CD/DVD from the HP laptop and then press CTRL-ALT-DELETE keys at the same time.

12. Wait for the laptop to launch Windows XP normally. Then you can unlock your HP laptop Windows XP without password. (Login the admin account without entering any password.)

 

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