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How To Create A Password Recovery Disk For Windows XP

If you created a password for a user account that you log into Windows XP with, then I highly recommend that you create a password recovery disk just in case you accidentally forget your password. Otherwise, you may lose to access to your computer if you can't remember it. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to launch the Forgotten Password Wizard so that you can create a password recovery disk.

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Creating a Password Recovery Disk For Windows XP

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  4. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  5. Now, Double click on the User Accounts icon to open up the User Accounts window.
  6. Then click on the User Account that you want to create a password recovery disk for.
  7. Then click on the Prevent a forgotten password link located within the Related Tasks section.
  8. When the Welcome to the Forgotten Password Wizard appears, click on the Next button.
  9. Follow the prompt to insert a blank formatted floppy disk into the A: drive and click on Next.
  10. Now enter your Current user account password in the white text box area and click on Next.
  11. The progress bar will reach 100% and Windows will then want you to click on the Next button.
  12. Now click on Finish to exit the Forgotten Password Wizard and close the User Accounts window.
  13. Be sure to store this disk in a safe place if you ever forget your password in the future.
  14. To use the Password Recovery disk later, you would click on the green arrow at the login screen.
  15. Windows will offer you a choice to see your password reminder or use your recovery disk.
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