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Posted Wednesday, June 6, 2012 9:57 PM
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Can’t remember your Windows 7 password? Forgot Windows 7 password?
Question1: I set my user login password on Windows 7. After setting new password, I just forgot it. Now I start my computer, then login windows appears and asks me password. Thus I could not be logging in system, please help as soon as possible!

Question2: I totally omit my Windows 7 password to log on my laptop…I am the only user…it’s not letting me to log on and I didn’t do a password hint, how should I do?

Every single day I read posts about lost passwords. Yes, it can happen that people forget even they use them on a daily basis. Today, in this article I’d like to share some effective ways to reset forgotten Windows 7 password. (Note: This ways could be suitable for other Windows operating systems too such as Windows XP, Vista, 2000, 2003, 2008 etc.)

Efficient and safe ways to reset forgotten Windows 7 password
If you unremember Windows 7 password, then follow the below ways, you will be guaranteed to regain access to your Windows 7 machine!

Method 1:Reset lost Windows 7 password with Windows password reset disk.
A forgotten or lost Windows 7 password can be easily and quickly reset by a created Windows password reset disk. Below are the simple steps:

If you enter the wrong password when you attempt to log on, Windows displays a message that the password is incorrect. Click “OK” to close the message.

Click “Reset password”, and then insert your password reset disk.

Follow the steps in the Password Reset Wizard to create a new password.

Log on with the new password. If you forget your password again, you can use the same password reset disk. You don't need to make a new one.

However, you may ask: “What if I don’t have such a disk?” Well, take it easy, you can resort to other ways.

Method 2: Try Windows 7 built-in Administrator to break forgotten Windows 7 password.
There is a built-in Administrator account on any Windows operating system. It is hidden without a password protected by default. This is way you cannot see it or even do not know it either. If you didn’t ever set a password for it and you can unhide it to break your forgotten Windows 7 password.
Firstly, you start your computer and press “Ctrl+Alt+Delete” twice at the Login Screen.
Secondly, you just type Administrator in the username box and leave the password box blank.
Thirdly, you hit Enter key and then log into Windows system.
Finally, you go to “Start->Control Panel->User Accounts” to change the forgotten password.

Method 3: Reset Windows 7 password with Windows Password Reset.
If you cannot regain access to your locked Windows 7 machine with the above 2 methods, then using a professional Windows password reset tool like Windows Password Reset is the best choice. Below are the simple steps to use this tool:
Step1: Get Windows Password Reset Standard from:
Step2: Create a CD/DVD Windows password reset disk with the tool.
Step3: Boot your locked computer from USB or CD/DVD.
Step4: Select a user you want to reset its password.
Step5: Click Reset button to start Windows 7 password reset.
Step6: Reboot computer and login with blank password.
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I would create a bootable pen drive that would boot some form of Linux, change bios settings to boot from pen drive, use Linux to access system drive, then boot to Linux. Then mount the system drive as a linux drive, and change something on that drive that I can invoke by typing a lot of shifts ofr whatever into the login prompt instead of logging in to be a (privileged) command prompt (carefully saving the original), then boot again from the original drive and invoke that, then use a net user user_name * /domain command to change the relevant password, then login and restore the original of the thing I overwrote with command prompt. Of course to do that you need a machine with internet access to download something to create a boot drive if you don't already have something suitable on a machine to which you have access.

Google "windows 7 password recovery" and you should find detailed instructions for doing this (plus a pointer to a a boot disc generator for a suitable linus distribution, which you will of course need) amongst the fiirst half dozen results. Don't ask me for detail - I don't remember it, because it doesn't happen often enough to be worth remembering the detail as opposed to the rough outline so that I know what I'm looking for (I have done it, for a windows 7 machine, exactly once).

Have to admit I was somewhat surprised that Windows 7 was that insecure.

edit: and of course even more surprised at insecurity implied by method 2 above! ANd maybe method 3 implies total absence of any security at all?

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Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014 3:00 AM
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You may try some free software to recover the password, for example, try Ophcrack, a professional software to recover windows 7 password, if it does not help, try this windows password unlocker, which can help you create a password reset disk and reset the password, see details here:how to reset windows 7 password
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In fact, to reset a lost Windows 7 password is not so troublesome now. You can reset a forgotten Windows 7 password by using a Repair disk, a user account with admin privileges, or reset it with a recovery tool no matter what brand of laptop you are using, Dell/HP/Toshiba/Acer/Samsung or other. These tips will not lead to lose any filses or other things.

Tips one: Reset Windows 7 Password with Repair Disk
Just insert the repair disk to your computer and restart it. When the System Recovery Options dialog appears, select Startup Repair and follow the Repair Wizard. After successfully restoring, you may need to add back some programs and/or Windows Updates that may have been removed during the restore process, you may also need to reset any personal settings that may have been changed but none of your personal documents or files will be removed.

Tips two: Reset Windows 7 password with CMD
1. Logon you computer with another user account which has admin privileges.
2. Click Start, type in "CMD.EXE" in the search box, press Enter.
3. Cammand screen apears, type in "net user" "user name" " new password", press Enter. The user account password will be replace as the new one.

Tips three: Reset Windows 7 password with a Windows password recovery program.
This method requires you to load a Windows 7 password recovery program like SmartKey Windows Password Recovery.
1. Install the program on another computer and create a password recovery disk with USB
2. Insert the disk to your laptop and set your laptop to boot from it.
3. All user accounts will be loaded, then you can reset any user password.
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Why not using Linux live cd for password reset? It seems much easier. If you found too difficult for you, then you can go for a GUI program like UUkeys. It is very easy to reset forgotten password with the help of the program.
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