How To Remove Your Windows XP Password

Screenshot showing how to remove a Windows XP password
Remove Your Windows XP Password.

As long as you're the only user on your PC, deleting your Windows XP account password will allow you to completely bypass the logon process.

While it isn't a secure practice, removing your Windows XP password might be something to think about if you've been having serious problems remembering your password and you're the only one with access to your computer.

Follow the easy steps below to remove the password to your Windows XP logon account:

Note: If you're trying to remove your Windows XP password because you've forgotten it and now can't get in to Windows, see Tip #2 at the bottom of the page.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Deleting your Windows XP logon password usually takes less than a few minutes

Here's How:

  1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.

  2. Click on the User Accounts link.

    Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, double-click on the User Accounts icon.

  3. In the pick an account to change area of the User Accounts window, click on your Windows XP user name.

  4. Choose the Remove my password link.

  5. In the text box on the next screen, enter your current password.

  6. Click the Remove Password button to confirm that you'd like to remove your account password.

  7. You can now close the User Accounts window and the Control Panel window.

  8. Now that your Windows XP account password has been deleted, you will no longer need to log on to Windows XP when your computer starts. Windows will now load all the way to your desktop automatically.


    1. Not a Windows XP user? See How Do I Remove My Windows Password? for specific instructions for your version of Windows.

    2. If you want to remove your Windows XP password because you've forgotten it and can no longer access Windows XP then you won't be able to use the method outlined above.

      See Help! I Forgot My Windows XP Password! for many different ways to get back into Windows.

      Of those several methods, using a free Windows password recovery program to crack or reset the password is probably the most popular. Depending on which password recovery method you use, you can then change your Windows XP password or create a new Windows XP password after you're done.

    1. If you don't want to completely delete your Windows XP password, you can instead configure Windows XP to automatically login. This way your user account still has a password but you're never asked for it when Windows XP starts.