Break or Reset Administrator password in XP

So if you have forgotten the password of your admin account in Windows XP or just want to break in the Admin account of your college or office, do not worry, you can easily do that. However, I recommend this trick only for your personal use. There are numerous ways available to do so but the best possible way is to use EBCD (Emergency Boot CD), download from here.


1.    After you have downloaded the EBCD, extract and run “makeebcd.exe” to create an iso image for burning on the disk.

2.    Set Bios to boot from the CD Drive and insert the CD created in above step. You will see the following image, type 5 to select NT password for editor (Linux-based).

3.    Then press Enter in the next step to proceed.

4.    Press Enter again if you don’t keep Windows on SCSI drive.

5.    Select which drive contains your installation files or just press Enter to accept the default value given in the bracket. If your installation is in C: drive just press Enter.

6.    Press Enter in the next step to accept default values.

7.    Press Enter again.

8.    To enter password, press Enter to select the default option.

9.    Select the username. To enter password for Administrator just press Enter.

10.    To change the password just leave it blank and change it later after login (modifying password at this step will not work).

11.    Press Enter to confirm.

12.    Type ‘!’ and press Enter in the next step.

13.    Type ‘q’ to quit.

14.    Type ‘Y’ to write the SAM files.

Congratulations the password has been reset. So just login with no password and enter yours.

103 Replies to “Break or Reset Administrator password in XP”

  1. I’ve got the cd burned, get to the first screen and hit option 5… then it says ok kernal is loading and then nothing happens? Any sugestions?

  2. Last month , i lost my windows vista administrator password. I solved my problem with the help of Reset Windows Password utility. It not only supports Windows Vista , I have personally tested it with Windows 7 . It worked perfectly to reset any local user account to a blank password. Just an easy to use bootable CD/DVD . It can also be used on a USB Flash Drive. You can download it from:

  3. You can log on as administrator on safe mode. Press F8 when you start the computer and choose Safe Mode to get in. If you can not log in safe mode, try the tool bellow, it is the best method without lose anything.

    In consideration of remaining all programs and data of the computer, I recommend you to use a password tool: Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0. It supports all versions of Windows operation system. Recover Windows password without lose anything. Here are the simple guide:
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