Thursday, June 23, 2011

Data will be Lost When Resetting Password

For security reasons, Windows XP ties certain user information directly to the account and password. If a user forgets his or her password, you can choose to reset the password. However, data will be lost if you do so. Specifically, user certificates and Web-related passwords, along with basic computer settings, will be lost once the password is reset. There is no workaround for this problem once the password has been forgotten, but you can prevent the loss of data and the reset problems by creating a password reset disk.

To reset a password without a password reset disk, follow these steps:

1. Log on with an administrator account.

2. Click Start--> Control Panel--> User Accounts.

3. Select the account that you want to reset.

4. Click the Create a Password option.

5. In the Create a Password screen--> create a new password for the user. This will cause the user to lose personal certificates and stored passwords for Web sites and network resources.

To create a password reset disk so that manual resetting and loss of data does not occur, follow these steps:

1. Log on with the desired account.

2. Open User Accounts in Control Panel.

3. In the Related Tasks box that appears in the left pane--> click the Prevent a Forgotten Password option. 

Prevention You cannot create a password reset disk for another user. You can only create the password reset disk for the account you are currently logged on with. If you try to create it for someone else, the option does not appear in the Related Tasks window.

4. The Forgotten Password Wizard appears--> Click Next on the Welcome screen.

5. Choose the drive--> such as your floppy drive--> where you want to create the password reset disk and click Next.

6. Enter the current user account password--> click Next.

7. The password reset disk is created--> Click Next and then click Finish.

Note: The password reset disk should be kept in a secure place. If someone else gets their hands on your disk, he or she can change your password and access your account.

In the event that you need to use the password reset disk, follow these steps:

1. On the Welcome screen, click the question mark button next to your user account.

2. The Did You Forget Your Password message appears. Click the Use Your Password Reset Disk option and follow the instructions that appear.

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