1. Place your Windows XP CD in your cd-rom and start your computer (it's assumed hère that
your XP CD is bootable - as it should be - and that you hâve your bios set to boot from CD)
2. Keep your eye on thé screen messages for booting to your cd Typically, it will be "Press any
key to boot from cd"
3. Once you get in, thé first screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading
4. When you get to thé Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to Setup Windows now
5. The Licensing Agreement cornes next - Press F8 to accept it.
6. The next screen is thé Setup screen which gives you thé option to do a Repair.
It should read something like "If one of thé following Windows XP installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it"
Use thé up and down arrow keys to sélect your XP installation (if you only hâve one, it should already be selected) and press R to begin thé Repair process.
7. Let the Repair run. Setup will now check your disks and then start copying files which can take several minutes.
8. Shortly after the Copying Files stage, you will be required to reboot. (this will happen
- you will see a progress bar stating "Your computer will reboot in 15 seconds"
9. During the reboot, do not make the mistake of "pressing any key" to boot from the CD again!
Setup will resume automatically with the standard billboard screens and you will notice
Installing Windows is highlighted
10. Keep your eye on the lower left hand side of the screen and when you see the Installing
Devices progress bar, press SHIFT + F10. A command console will
now open up giving you the potential for wide access to your system.
11. At the prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. You have just gained graphical
access to your User Accounts in the Control Panel.
12. Now simply pick the account you need to change and remove or change your password as
you prefer. If you want to log on without having to enter your new password, you can type
control userpasswords2 at the prompt and choose to log on without being asked for
password. After you've made your changes close the Windows, exit the command box and
continue on with the Repair (have your Product key handy).
13. Once the Repair is done, you will be able to log on with your new password (or without a
password if you chose not to use one or if you chose not to be asked for a password). Your
programs and personalized settings should remain intact.
Ok. now that your logon problem is fixed, you should make a point to prevent it from ever happening again by creating a Password Reset Disk. This is a floppy disk you can use in the event you ever forget your log on password. It allows you to set a new password.
Here's how to create one if your computer is NOT on a domain:
• Go to the Control Panel and open up User Accounts.
• Choose your account (under Pick An Account to Change) and under Related Tasks, click "Prevent a
• This will initiate a wizard.
• Click Next and then insert a blank formatted floppy disk into your A: drive.
• Click Next and enter your logon password in the password box.
• Click Next to begin the creation of your Password disk.
• Once completed, label and save the disk to a safe place