How to Bypass the Startup Password in XP

By Amanda Maddox

Windows XP has an option that allows you to bypass the startup password when logging onto your computer. It is safe to use the automatic login if your computer is secure and you are the only one with access. Otherwise, unauthorized users may log on to your Windows XP when you bypass the startup password. A user account is required to bypass the startup password, since it you cannot bypass the password on the administrator account.

Step 1

Locate the “Start” button. It is at the bottom of your screen on the left side. Place the mouse pointer over the button and right click.

Step 2

Find the “Run” command in the list that pops up above the start button. Put the mouse pointer over it and right click.

Step 3

Type “CONTROLUSERPASSWORD2” next to the word “open” in the run command prompt. Click the “ok” button at the bottom of the window. This opens a new window that shows your user accounts.

Step 4

Locate your user name. Do not choose the “Administrator” account. Select your user account from the list by highlighting it with your mouse.

Step 5

Click on the check beside “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” to uncheck the option. Click the “ok” button.

Step 6

Type your password in the box provided. Shut down your computer and restart it for the bypass to be effective.