Forgot your Windows 7 password or someone changes it without your knowledge? In such situations, you will be locked out of Windows 7. This tutorial covers the process of recovering Windows 7 password even after you forget the administrator password. Like previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 stores the encrypted user account passwords in a file called SAM. This file is commonly found in \windows\system32\config, which is in a binary format and not easily accessible. We will be using a utility called Reset Windows Password to perform the recovery.
- A blank CD/DVD or a USB flash drive.
- Another PC where you can burn the software provided here to CD/DVD or the USB flash drive..
- A basic know how about how to change the Boot Priority in BIOS.
Windows 7 Password Recovery
This method can enable you to reset/remove forgotten Windows 7 password in minutes, but it cannot tell you what the password for an account actually is. Reset Windows Password utility woks by overwriting the password hash in your SAM file so you can then log back to your account with a blank/empty password. Here are the Windows 7 password recovery steps:
First, download the Reset Windows Password utility on another PC in order to make a bootable Windows 7 password recovery CD/USB drive.
After the download is complete, extract the ISO image file from the zip and burn the ISO to a CD or DVD using your favorite CD Burning utility such as ISO2Disc.
Now move to the Windows 7 PC you want to reset the password, either insert the CD/DVD or the USB flash drive what you opted for and select it as the first boot device in computer BIOS.
Once you have booted into it you will see that the computer is loading the Windows PE operating system inside the CD/USB drive. After one or two minutes, the Reset Windows Password program will open up and automatically detect the SAM registry files for all your Windows installations.
Choose the SAM registry file for your Windows 7 installation, it will show you all the user accounts that are associated with your Windows system. Select the user account you forgot password of, and then click on “Reset Password” button. It will remove/reset your forgotten Windows 7 password instantly!
After you are completed with all the above steps successfully, remove the Windows 7 password recovery CD/USB drive and restart the computer. you can then happily log in to your Windows 7 system again.
Forgot your Windows startup password? How to reset or remove it after forgotten? There are several types of startup passwords which could be used to protect a Windows computer: BIOS password, Syskey, Windows user account password. After setting up one of these startup passwords, the computer will prompt you to enter your password each time you start up.
Tired of entering the startup password every time you boot your PC? Or simple forgot your startup password? This article will introduce you to all common options for you to remove Windows startup password.
BIOS is the first program that runs when your computer starts. You can tell the BIOS to ask for a password when it starts, thus restricting access to your computer. BIOS passwords can be added extra layer of security for desktop and laptop computers, and are used to either prevent a user from changing the BIOS settings or to prevent the PC from booting without a password.
Forgetting your BIOS password can lock up the hardware and make the computer completely unusable. Fortunately there are a few known backdoors and software that can be used to bypass or reset the BIOS password on most systems. The BIOS password on desktop computer can be reset by removing the CMOS battery for a few minutes. However, laptop BIOS passwords are stored in a special chip on the motherboard and the only way to recover this password is to using BIOS password cracking utility. Have a look at this article:Recover BIOS/CMOS Password Using Free CMOSPwd Utility.
As we all know, the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) database has been used by Windows to store password hashes for local user accounts. To make the hashes harder to decrypt, Microsoft introduced SysKey password, an additional layer of obfuscation SysKey which can be enabled in Windows using the SysKey utility. To learn how to enable Syskey, please refer to this article: How to Lock Your Computer with Syskey.
Syskey password can be helpful to prevent hackers from cracking Windows user password. There are no reliable tools that will help brute forcing Syskey password. The Offline NT Password & Registry Editor claims that it can help you disable Syskey startup password but I’ve tried it with no luck. After forgetting your Syskey password, the only feasible option is to do a system restore using a restore point dated before SysKey password was set, or reinstall the operating system.
Windows User Password
Have you ever been locked out of your computer by a forgotten Windows user password? There’s no need to get frustrated. It is relatively easy to bypass this safeguard. Reset Windows Password utility is the well-known software which enables you to remove Windows admin/user password easily by creating a password removal Live CD/USB. It works with almost all versions of Windows, including the latest Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
If you ever find yourself in a situation that your Windows XP computer is locked out because you’ve forgotten the administrator password, and you’ve already tried the Safe Mode and it doesn’t work, what else can you do?
Luckily there is a solution that can actually take you away from your frustrations with a password cracking application called Reset Windows Password. This is a great software that allows you to reset Windows XP administrator password even if you’re completely locked out of Windows. Follow this tutorial you can regain access to your computer in minutes.
How to Unlock Your Computer When Forgot Windows XP Administrator Password?
Before you begin the process of password resetting, you’ll first need a different computer with internet access to start your work. You also need a USB stick or a blank CD to make a password reset Live disc that would be used on your locked Windows XP computer.
Step 1: Make a Password Reset Live Disc
Download the self-extracting archive of Reset Windows Password utility on to your alternate computer. Once downloaded, extract the ISO file (ResetWindowsPwd.iso) from the ZIP file. Feel free to do this using the integrated tool in Windows or a dedicated program like WinZip.
Now you need to burn the ISO image file (ResetWindowsPwd.iso) to a CD or USB stick. There are many free burning programs which can do it easily, such as BurnCDCC, ImgBurn, ISO2Dic, etc.
Step 2: Boot Windows XP Computer from the Live Disc
Insert the password reset Live disc into the Windows XP computer that you’re trying to gain access to. Restart the computer and press the appropriate key (also called “BIOS Key”) at the start of the boot-up process – often when the manufacturer’s logo appears on screen – and you’ll be taken to the BIOS Setup screen. Change the boot order in BIOS to set the USB or CD as your first option for boot device and boot the computer from it.
Step 3: Reset Windows XP Administrator Password
Once the locked computer boots from the Live disc, it will load the Windows PE operating system inside the Live disc and open up the Reset Windows Password program. The program automatically finds the Windows XP installations on your hard drive, and analyzes the SAM (Security Accounts Manager) database and displays all Windows user accounts existing in your system.
Just choose the administrator account which you want to do a password reset, and click on “Reset Password” button. It will reset your forgotten Windows XP administrator password immediately!
Forgot Windows XP administrator password? Once you have done everything correct and now restart your computer, you will find that you can easily log into your system and an admin account is listed on the login screen. Select the administrator account and it will lead you to the desktop screen. You can now change your other user account’s passwords as well.
It’s true that all versions of Windows enable you to create a password reset disc, but what do you do if you find yourself locked out without that disc? Or, you can log in as a limited user but can’t make changes – because nobody remembers the administrator password. How can you get out of these situations without formatting and re-installing the operating system?
No matter if you are a absolute beginner or a technician, every Windows users need a Windows 7/Vista/XP password recovery boot disk in their toolkit. There are several tools out there that can help you recover the forgotten password, and the best option is Password Recovery Bundle which has saved my bacon more than once.
Password Recovery Bundle is a must-have toolkit which can recover over 60 types of passwords. One of the most important features is that the software enables you to create a Windows7/Vista/XP password recovery boot disk which could be used to reset/unlock lost or forgotten Windows password easily.
Here, we’ll show you how to create a Windows password recovery boot disk and then use it to reset lost or forgotten Windows 7/Vista/XP password on your own.
Part 1: Create a Windows Password Recovery Boot Disk
Install Password Recovery Bundle on your computer. After installing, start the program and click on “Windows Password” button. You’ll see the bootdisk creating dialog which allows you to burn a Windows password recovery bootdisk on a CD/DVD or USB flash drive. Remove the CD or USB drive from your current computer and you can then use it to reset forgotten Windows admin/user password on all versions of Windows 7/Vista/XP system.
Part 2: Use the Boot Disk to Reset Forgotten Windows 7/Vista/XP Password
Boot your locked PC from the Windows password recovery boot disk you’ve created. The computer will load the Windows PE operating system inside the bootdisk. If it still boots from your hard drive, you need to change the boot order in BIOS to set your computer to boot from CD or USB drive.
When you get to the Reset Windows Password screen, you’ll see a list of user accounts found in your Windows SAM registry hive. Now click on any existing account and then click “Reset Password” button, it will unlock/blank your user account password immediately.
Remove the Windows password recovery bootdisk and restart the computer. When you reach the Windows login screen, just left the password field as blank and you can log into the system successfully.
Once you’re able to log back into your Windows installation, remember to change the password to something complex that you can still recall easily. Done!
Have you ever forgotten your Windows account password? If you have then you already know how painful the password reset process can be. There is a good chance that Windows users who are not tech savvy fail to reset Windows password and end up re-installing Windows, probably losing all your installed software and its settings or even important data.
Whether you have or have not been through that situation, you do not want to be in those circumstances any time in the future. To help you out if you forgot Windows password, I have gathered a list of 3 freeware programs that will help reset your forgotten Windows password for free.
1. Ultimate Boot CD
Ultimate Boot CD is a powerful free toolset to fix unbootable computers and recover data from them.It is a self-contained bootable OS on live CD with loads of useful software for repairing or fixing almost any Windows problem.
Ultimate Boot CD is intended for system recovery in the case of software or hardware faults. Additionally, It is capable of resetting Windows password of any user account, including the administrator password in Windows NT, 2000, and XP without needing to know the previous password.
2. Offline NT Password and Registry Editor
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor is a freeware utility that allows you to change or reset the password of any user that has a valid account on a local NT/2000/XP/2003/Server 2008/Vista 32 & 64-bit system. You do not need to know the old password to set a new one which makes this ideal for users who have forgotten their passwords or were locked out by someone else. Unlocking locked or disabled accounts is also supported.
This tool comes in the form as a bootable CD ISO image but can also be made to boot from a USB drive. The application is Linux-based technician tool and shouldn’t be used by people without Linux skills and experience.
Kon-Boot is yet another free Windows password reset program, much like Offline NT password and Registry Editor. Just burn the program to a disc, boot to it, and you’re off.
Kon-Boot works differently than the two password reset tools above, so if you have problems using them, give Kon-Boot a try. It’s very easy to use and probably the fastest password reset tool available.
Unfortunately, Kon-Boot does not work with 64-bit versions of Windows. I used Kon-Boot to successfully reset the password on a Windows Vista PC and then also on a Windows XP PC. Kon-Boot is reported to also reset Windows 7 password but I was not able to make it work on two different Windows 7 PCs.
These free Windows password reset software can work, but they’re not perfect. If you still can’t reset your forgotten Windows password with these tools, we recommend you to try this professional Windows password reset software – Reset Windows Password. It’s worth a try!
What to do if you forgot Windows password? In this tutorial we’ll show you all tips and tricks you can take to recover or reset your forgotten Windows password, so you can log back into your PC without reinstalling Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP or Windows Server 2008/2003/2000.
Forgot Windows Password?
Windows may ask for your password to continue using the computer. This is true if the user account was set up with a password. The password to logon to Windows is set to expire after 42 days by default, but if your password expires or you forget your Windows password, you cannot logon to Windows. Many people have asked the question “How do I unlock my computer without a password?” and we’ll answer that by providing steps in recovering or resetting forgotten Windows password.
1. Recall Your Password
If you tried entering the password but Windows does not recognize it and you cannot remember your password, you can try clicking the question mark beside the password logon box. It will show the password hint that you had entered before. However, if you still can’t remember the password after answering the password hint, your other option is by using your password reset disk.
2. Use Password Reset Disk
Many people do not create a Windows password reset disk which means that option is not for you. For end-users who have created a password reset disk to prevent issues with a forgotten password, simply insert the floppy diskette into drive A. Follow the wizard to creating a new password and the new password hint, then use the new password to logon to Windows.
3. Boot into Safe Mode
People who failed to create a reset disk must not lose hope because you can try resetting the Windows password by rebooting the computer to safe mode. Proceed to logon using the hidden Administrator account. Note that the hidden administrator account does not have a password, so simply click the Admin account to login. However, if the PC vendor created a password for the hidden admin user account and you did not reset it, type “password” without quotes as the password.
Proceed by navigating to User Accounts in the Control Panel, then create a new password for the account that was locked out due to a forgotten or expired password.
Restart the computer to normal mode and logon using the new password. If you happened to create an account password for the hidden administrator account but you forget that as well, your only option is to either reinstall Windows or by using third-party software to recover or reset your forgotten Windows password.
4. Last Resort
Forgot Windows password? Account locked out due to invalid password attempts? With Reset Windows Password utility you can reset Windows local admin/user passwords on Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2008/2003/2000, change forgotten domain user passwords in Windows Server 2008/2003/2000, and unlock any user account which is disabled or locked out.
The other day a buddy of mine had lost access to his Windows XP administrator account because he forgot his password. He turned to me for help and as usual I was willing to lend a hand. The following tutorial covers the process of resetting your administrator password on Windows XP or NT Operating Systems. Windows stores its user information, including encrypted versions of the passwords, in a file called sam. This file is commonly found in \winnt\system32\config. This file is also a part of the registry, in a binary format and not easily accessible. We will be using a utility called Offline NT Password and Registry Editor to preform the recovery.
Resetting a Lost Windows XP Administrator Password:
- Download the Offline NT Password and Registry Editor.
- Extract the ISO from the zip and burn the ISO to a CD or DVD using your favorite CD Burning utility
- Reboot your Windows XP computer and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the CD
- Follow the onscreen instructions to reset Windows Administrator password
Offline NT Password and Registry Editor is a Linux-based live CD. So if you are computer novice and not familiar with Linux, the software may be a bit difficult for you to get it to work. However, you can choose other software such as Reset Windows Password, which is a Windows PE-based bootdisk. It’s much easier to use, much more powerful than Offline NT Password and Registry Editor.
More likely than not, you’ve been asked in the past to help fix one of your friend’s or relative’s computers. Most of the time, the problems you’ve been brought in to remedy are basic malware or virus infections that you can address by grabbing the appropriate diagnostic and software removal tools. But once in a while, you’ll be faced with a novice struck with the most basic and frustrating of problems: forgetting their Windows administrator login password. With no way to get into the system, you can’t even perform basic maintenance, let alone a thorough tune-up. Formatting is always an option, but we consider that a last resort. (Plus, guess who’s going to have to help reinstall all the programs lost after a wipe?) But all hope is not lost. There are an easy way to actually reset lost Windows administrator password. Read on, and we’ll show you the light.
This guide is split into 3 steps. If you want to get rid of Windows administrator password, use Password Recovery Bundle. It enables us to create a Windows password reset disk. Using it to boot the locked computer and perform password resetting.
Step 1: Create a Bootable Password Reset Disk
Download Password Recovery Bundle and save it to any computer with internet access. Launch the program and click the Windows Password button, and you’ll get the interface as follow.
Prepare a blank CD/DVD or USB drive and insert it into the computer, then click the Refresh button and select the device you just plug in. Click the Start Burn button to begin the burning process. A bootable password reset disk will be ready in a few minutes.
Step 2: Boot Your Locked Computer from the Password Reset Disk
Insert the CD/DVD or USB drive into the computer whose password you forgot. Turn on (or restart) your computer, and let’s it boot from the password reset disk. If it still boot from the local hard drive, you might need to configure the BIOS to set CD-ROM or Removable Drive as the first boot device.
Step 3: Reset Forgotten Windows Administrator Password
When the boot procedure is complete, the Reset Windows Password program will automatically launch.
Select the Windows SAM database, the program will display a list of Windows accounts available in your Windows installation. Choose the Administrator account and click the Reset button. The program will reset Windows administrator password immediately.
Restart the computer and remove the password reset disk, you’ll able to log in to the administrator account using a blank password. With this password reset disk at hand, there is nothing to worry about when you forgot Windows password.
I forgot my Windows administrator password and I am not able to login to my computer!! What Can I do now? How can I login to my system as I have a lot of important data on my system? Are you in this situation? Well, if you are, then you are reading the right article, read on…
Password is necessary when user logs on to Windows, especially in those computers where the system is shared by more than one person at a time. Each user’s account will have different privileges like for example with a limited users account, the user can only manage to logon Windows and use the majority of the capacities of the computer, where as the admin will have rights to do everything on the system.
Admin account is the master account in Windows. When users login to Windows with admin account, they may do whatever in Windows and even can use to create extra user’s account in Windows. Since admin account has the full access right at Windows, the admin account password is the most important one else it’ll become quite messy if something goes wrong for whatever reason.
If something wrong goes on with the limited users account and is unable to logon to Windows, and admin can login and to Windows and change the password for limited user account. If you are unable to login with both accounts then you are in a soup as you’ll be left with no option but re-install Windows, which is not a situation you want to be in.
With Password Recovery Bundle you can reset local administrator, domain administrator and other accounts passwords on all Windows system. It lets us to create a Windows password reset CD/USB to boot your locked computer and begin to recover the password.
Apart from resetting the password for each account, Password Recovery Bundle can also enable your account if it’s disabled, unlock the account if it’s locked out, and remove the logon hours limit on any user account, etc.
Password Recovery Bundle is designed for non-professionals, that means everybody can access their PC by recovering Windows administrator password when they forgot it.
Lost Windows 7 password and locked out of your computer? This happens more often in daily life and you don’t need to be anxious. Here we will show you an efficient way to reset lost Windows 7 password in a few minutes by creating a bootable Windows 7 password reset CD/DVD, so you can fix your lost password problem on your own.
Before using the following steps to reset lost Windows 7 password, you should prepare an accessible PC that you can run as administrator, a blank CD/DVD and a CD/DVD burner.
1. Create a Windows 7 Password Reset CD/DVD
- Click here to download and save the Reset Windows Password self-extracting Zip file to a folder on your hard drive, then extract the ISO image file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso from it.
- Place a blank CD or DVD into the CD-ROM drive.
- Download and install the ISO2Disc utility, launch the program.
- Locate your ISO image file, then click the Start Burn button to burn the ISO image to your CD or DVD.
2. Change BIOS Settings
- Boot your locked computer. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
- Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab, then change the Boot Device Priority settings: Set 1st Boot Device to CD-ROM.
- Press F10 to save your changes.
3. Reset Lost Windows 7 Password
- Insert the password reset CD/DVD to your locked Windows 7 computer, then reboot the computer.
- The computer will boot from the CD/DVD now. Wait until the boot process is finished, you’ll see the main window of Reset Windows Password utility.
- Simply select your Windows SAM registry hive if multiple operating systems have been installed on the computer, the program will list all Windows user accounts. Select the account whose password you want to reset, then click the Reset button to remove the password.
- Click the Restart button to reboot the computer, you are able to log in to Windows 7 system without being asked for any password.
Well, if you do not have a blank CD/DVD or CD/DVD Burner? Then you can also reset lost Windows 7 password with a USB flash drive. Just follow another guide to know how to reset Windows 7 password with USB flash drive.