I forgot what my password is to get into my XP computer

I forgot what my password is to get past the startup phase of windows and get to my dang desktop!

Don't know what I did to cause it to ask for it in the first place, but somehow, I'm locked out of my own computer!  How do I retrieve my password when I can't even get to any programs at all?

*original title - HELP!  PASSWORD HELP!  I'M LOCKED OUT OF WINDOWS AND EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

 

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Last updated September 28, 2019 Views 4,775 Applies to:
Hi,

Have you tried booting to safe mode and select "Administrator"
then go to "Control Panel" and select "User Accounts"
then select your lockout account
select "Remove password"
Restart your PC.
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Ummm ... really Windows illiterate blonde (by Miss Clairol) here ... how do I "boot to safe mode?"  Thanks for your "expert" help!

 

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That's okay, it's not the kind of thing that PC users do often so it's understandable not to know about it.

To get into the Windows XP in Safe mode, as the computer is booting but before Windows launches, press F8 and hold your "F8 Key" or keep tapping F8  which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown in the link below.

Use your arrow keys to move to "Safe Mode" and press your Enter key.

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/chsafe.htm#02

 

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Thanks so much!  Will try that in the morning!

 

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EUREKA!  It worked.  Only now another blonde question.  Now the icons and type are so big that I think even Stevie Wonder could read it.  How do I return it to "normal?"

Thanks, computer man god!  (at least to me!)

 

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I think you have the gender wrong:  rpggamerGAL

You probably need to reset the resolution of your screen. 

Right click on an empty area of your desktop and select Properties.
Click the "Settings" tab.
In the lower left, under the heading "Screen resolution," click and drag the slider to the right.  I'd start with only one step to the right, and then click "Apply" your new screen will display and you'll get a chance to approve or disapprove of the changes.  When you get it to where you like it, you'll probably have to rearrange your desktop icons.

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WRONG!  I figured it out ALL BY MYSELF!  While operating in safe mode:

 

Go to START

Select HELP AND SUPPORT

Select PERFORMANCE AND MAINTENANCE

Select USING SYSTEM RESTORE ... (something or the other)

Select RUN RESTORE WIZARD

 

The wizard then allows you to pick a date to restore to ... and tells you even the last time you actually did anything or it just processes something each night to "set" the system every day.  Then, your computer just fixes itself.

 

And, apparently when in safe mode, that's when everything is seen as HUGE.  Sure didn't need my glasses to see that!

 

And it's not really Miss Clairol, it's LOREAL ... Don't hate me because I'm beautiful! ... sistah!

 

Thanks so much for all your help.  Got a real name?  SpotShort ID on AOL ... or *** Email address is removed for privacy ***  

 

YOU ROCK rpggamerGODDESS!!!

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Sorry wasn't here for 2 days.

 

 "that's when everything is seen as HUGE.  Sure didn't need my glasses to see that!"

 

You're funny SpotShort, you're a lot of fun :)

Good job for solving the issue, well done!

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Hi It is 2015' I forgot my password and tried all of your suggestions 

1.  I cannot get access in Safe mode to   Administrator , nor can I type anything

i appreciate help! Thanks

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