Don’t Get Locked Out of Your Tablet PC – How to Recover a Lost XP Password

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An Ounce of Prevention…

(view large image) Creating a specific user account has many advantages.

It’s either happened to you or someone you know. Perhaps you created a new user account for your Tablet PC, then a week later you simply can’t log into the account! “What the heck was that password?” – you think to yourself. At the time it seemed really smart to make a seperate XP user account. That way nobody might accidentally delete that thirty page report or log into your work email account. But now it appears you can’t log into this account to get to the report. You swear you used your regular simple password “golf” or “joe2006”. Try and try agian, but none of the passwords seem to work.

So you need to get to that report. What to do? Well we have a suggestion for you. It’s not a matter of what you need to do (now that you have caused yourself grief), rather it’s what you should have done back when you created that new user account! So just what should I have done Mr. Tablet PC extpert guy? – you ask. Well we want to tell you about a commonly overlooked feature in Windows XP called the Forgotten Password Wizard.

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Three steps to get started…

1. Click Start, Control Panel, and User Accounts.
2. Click your user account name.
3. Under Related Tasks on the left, click “Prevent forgotten password” to launch the wizard.

(view large image) Whoops, don’t forget to plug in a USB flash drive, floppy disk or external memory card!

note: Be prepared to use some external drive or media to create your password reset disk. For some strange reason, we could not get our Gateway Tablet PC to utilize the built-in CD writer to create a password reset disk.

Once you have the appropriate drive/media connected to your Tablet PC, you are ready to start the “Forgotten Password Wizard”.

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By following the various sequential windows, the wizard will walk you through the process. Each screen will provide you with information about how your finished disk will work.

(view large image) If your media is already inserted, just click “Next”…

(view large image) You at least remember your current password to complete the wizard don’t you?

(view large image) Success!

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The final step – be sure to place your recovery disk in a safe place. Anyone who gets a hold of your disk will have absolute access to your user account – even is you change your password down the line. One other piece of advice, don’t forget your password AND where you put your disk!



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