How to Find Out the Passwords on Windows

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Windows operating systems contain administrative accounts. These accounts have passwords, comprised of a combination code of words and numbers, which serve to protect the computer and your account from unwanted visitors. It is advised that you retrieve and save the password before you accidentally lose or forget it as you will get locked out of your computer without it.

Windows 2000

  • Click the "Start" button located on the lower-left portion of the computer's desktop. Click "Control Panel."

  • Double-click the "User Accounts" option, which will open the Windows 2000 user accounts utility. A list of the user accounts on your computer will be displayed.

  • Click on the account entitled "Administrator." This is the computer's main account.

  • Look over the settings page for the administrator account you selected. Your current Windows password will be displayed. Save this password and click on the "X" button on the top right of the page to close it.

Windows XP

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