Computers can be very dangerous sometimes! It is one of greatest inventions of man, but we have become very dependant on it. Imagining life without the computer is difficult. Life is easy when everything is going fine, but once a computer crashes, that’s where all the problems begin to crop up. If you have protected your system with a password, then there is a slim chance of regaining the data stored.

Ways to Access Data of a Password Protected User in Windows XP in Case the PC Fails to Boot

If the PC fails to boot, the most sought after solution to fix it, is to re-format the hard disk. If you do so, all the files stored on the computer would be erased. To avoid this, you got to have a backup of files. This becomes very difficult if your PC is password protected.

As it is rightly said “Nothing is impossible”. Even if the PC fails to boot and your system is locked by a password, data can be retrieved from it.

The following mentioned procedure, if used correctly, can procure all the data:

  • First of all, grab a Windows XP bootable CD. Run it on your computer to boot it.
  • Now you have to locate the setup screen. Once located, select R on it. This has to be done using recovery console.
  • The console program selected will guide you to select the Windows folder. This is the place where Windows is installed.
  • Similar to DOS with only some features missing, you have to type Help to view further commands to proceed.
  • Open the current directory and change it to the user’s directory. This is the place where you will place all your backup data.
  • Now you have to type “CD” in “Documents and Settings\X”‘. Press “Enter” after typing. Here X denotes the username.
  • Once the above command is processed, your current directory will be changed to file X in Documents and Settings.
  • This directory will now be required to change to desktop. This can be done by simply typing “CD Desktop”. After typing, the moment the Enter button is pressed, you will be diverted to desktop folder.
  • Now, type DIR. Once you do that and press Enter, all the files available on the desktop will be visible.
  • Type Copy x.doc C:\BACKUP, followed by pressing the Enter key. Here, x.doc denotes the file existing on the desktop and C; \BACKUP is the place where the copied files will be placed.
  • As we did in earlier steps, change the directory to other names and place them in different folders, for all the other files. The files can also be placed in different folders other than desktop.
  • One thing which is noteworthy is that all files cannot be copied at once and in a single folder. Every file has to be individually copied one after the other.

Another method to establish a backup

This method can only be exercised by those who are comfortable with handling computer hardware and have one more computer lying at their disposal. The steps to be followed are listed below:

  • Shut down your computer and plug off all the connecting devices from your PC.
  • With the help of some tools, open up your computer very carefully.
  • Find the hard disk in it.
  • Now detach the power and serial ATA cables.
  • Accumulate the drive in to the other computer. USB or serial ATA can also be used.
  • Login the second computer and copy all the important information you wish to retain.
  • Now, you have the entire backup ready. So you can put the disk back it to the original computer and format it.