With Windows XP, how do I set a password hint?

A. XP introduces the option to have a password hint, which is useful in a workgroup (this option isn't available in a domain). To set a password hint, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the User Accounts Control Panel applet (Start, Control Panel, User Accounts).
  2. Select the account for which you want to add a password hint.
  3. Click Change the password.
  4. Enter your password in the two locations; in the bottom area, type your password hint.

  5. Click Change Password.

These hints are stored in the registry under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Hints\\[user name\]\(Default) key, and you can change them there as well.

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