How to create a password reset disk on Windows XP?

Almost half of Windows users are still using Windows XP as their desktop operating system, even with the forthcoming arrival of Windows 8 and Mac OX X Lion, according to a recent survey.

Although this operating system has been released for 10 years, some users are still not familiar with its built-in features, like prevent-forgotten-password that can help you create a password reset disk to in case of a forgotten Windows password. You’d like the following information if you belong to those who have no idea about a Windows XP password reset disk.

Create a password reset disk in Windows XP

1. Start your computer and insert a removable media like USB flash drive in your computer.

2. Open User Account Window by clicking Start button, clicking Control Panel. Clicking User Account, selecting your target account.

3. Click Prevent a forgotten password under the Related Task on the left pane.

4. On the coming forgotten password wizard, click Next to follow its instructions.

Use the password reset disk to change a forgotten password

1. Enter a wrong password on the Windows XP logon screen. Windows displays an error message claiming the password is incorrect if you enter the wrong password.

2. Click “OK” to close the message and click the “Reset Password” button. Insert your password reset disk or USB flash drive.

3. The password reset wizard will launch. Follow its instructions to change a forgotten
Windows XP password to a new one.

Forgot Windows XP password without password reset disk?

Advice 1: Try to press Ctrl+Alt+Del twice on logon screen, then enter administrator in the username box, press Enter when a classic logon screen appears.

Advice 2: When you forgot Windows password, just get Windows Password Breaker Professional to burn a bootable Windows password reset CD/DVD/USB to remove the lost Windows password.

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Windows XP’s Malware Infection Falls

Data released by the latest Security Intelligence Report from Microsoft showed that the infection rate of Windows XP fell by more than 20% during the second half of 2010, whereas  Windows 7’s malware infection rate climbed by more than 30%. This is really good news for those who still stick to Windows XP.

Despite of this fact, Windows 7 is more malware-resistant than Windows XP. According to the security report, Windows XP SP3 32-bit machines have an infection rate of 15.9 for every thousand systems, almost five times of Windows 7’s. Windows 7 32-bit computers have infection rates of 3.8 per thousand, and Windows 7 64-bit PCs have a rate of 2.5 per thousand.

Even so, I don’t think this will have great impact on those Windows XP users.  Why? Although Microsoft has already dropped XP support and released a desktop gadget alerting users of the number of days left in Windows XP’s, and the IE9, newest edition of Internet Explorer, doesn’t appear to have an XP install, there are a large number of people relies on Windows XP for daily computing.

In fact, Windows XP is still the most popular computer operating system after it has been introduced for 10 years. According to figures from Net Applications, about 54 percent of PCs are still running XP, while about 24 percent are on Microsoft’s 18-month-old Windows 7 system.

Apart from these common PC users, many knowledgeable information technology professionals still cling to this operating system for their desktop client needs.  Their reasons are very simple and some are listed as below:

* The Windows XP computer still works well. Even when they forgot Windows XP password or other similar small error occurs, they are able to fix this problem easily.
* Updating to Windows 7 will cost much time and a large sum of money.
*Some Legacy applications won’t run on Windows 7.

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