ask this question at the WindowsXP Forum. It might be the more appropriate place to go.
Hope this helps..
Last week I decided to change my log in password from my laptop while working on other things also. I was able to remember the password even when I got home and I was able to log in also without any problem but there's one thing I forgot to do, guess what?, everybody probably knows the answer, I forgot to write down my new password. A week came then I decided to log in and now I'm stuck and don't want to re-format it, tried the safe mode also but it's asking for the password too. Is there a way to retrieve the password from XP without re-formatting the drive or re-storing it, any help is greatly appreciated.