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Recovering admin passwords in XP

I am using XP Professional on my PC, and I have forgotten the administrative password. Is there any third-party tool that I can use to reset my password without reloading the OS?

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There is, although one way you can avoid having to do this is by doing a recovery install. If you don't want to do that, you can use the tools at the Winternals site to perform password recovery and reset.

This was first published in September 2003

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