How to Access your PC if you Forget Your Administrative Password

Things You’ll Need:

Re-set Your Admin Password With a Bootable Windows CD-ROM

Step 1:
Modify your PC’s BIOS so that it will boot from the Windows CD-ROM. Insert the Windows CD into the drive and boot up the PC. Watch the screen messages until you see the prompt: "Press any key to boot from CD."

Step 2:
Go through the boot-up process until you get to the "Setup" screen where you have the option to install or repair. Choose the option to repair and press "R" which will launch the repair process. As the repair runs, Windows Set up will do a check on your disks and then begin to copy files. This may take a few minutes. Your PC will then re-boot itself automatically.

Step 3:
Open a command prompt after your PC reboots and resumes set-up. Here’s how:

* In Windows 2000, wait until the point where it’s registering components, and then pres the "Shift + F10" keys.

* In Windows XP, watch the bottom left-hand side of your screen until you see a progress bar that reads: "Installing devices," and then press the "Shift + F10." This will open a command console.

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