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How to Reset a forgotten Windows Password

Jan 25

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Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:36:36 GMT  RssIcon

Reset your Password using another account

This method works from Windows XP upwards. If you have forgotten your account password you can log in as another user (provided that user has Administrator privileges) and reset your account by going to Control Panel, User Accounts, Manage Another Account, and choosing to reset the forgotten Password.

Note: If you are using a home edition of Windows XP or Windows Vista you will need to restart your computer in safe mode to access the default Administrator account. To restart in safe mode - turn off your computer, turn it back on and tap F8 immediately after the first BIOS screen is shown.


Reset your Password with a Password Reset Disk

A password reset disk will only reset the password of the user it was created for. More importantly you need to have created the disk prior to losing access to your account. If you have created a Password Rescue or Password Reset disk then follow the steps below, if not skip to the next stage.

The flash video below will take you through the process of using the password reset disk in Windows Vista, the process is very similar in Windows 7:

Reset Windows Password with a Password Editor Tool

If you have completely lost access to your computer and cannot reset the password with any of the above methods then you will need to create a Password Reset boot disk or bootable USB memory stick with the following method:

Go to http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/ and scroll to the Download section of the page - download the zip file starting with USB or CD depending on whether you want to burn a disc or use a memory stick. In this instance we will use the CD.

1. Extract the ISO from the zip file you just downloaded

2. burn the ISO to disc using an ISO burner such as ultra ISO.

3. Pop the CD into your computer and restart it - Press F12 to access the boot menu and choose to boot from CDROM Drive (this differs from computer to computer)

4. Go back to the above site and follow the instructions detailed there.

If you are still having problems and not able to reset your password to restore access to your computer please get in touch with us for a quote and we will gladly assist you. Our office is open Monday to Sunday 9am til 6pm GMT London. For emergency out of hours support please use our contact form here


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