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How to Unlock Computer When You Forgot Windows 7 Password

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Hi there, so you forgot Windows 7 password, and now you are wondering how to unlock your computer? You are in the right place, and to comfort you up a little bit, you are not unique on this matter. There are a lot of people that for some reason forget the login password on their computers, and most of the time the answer they find all over the Internet is to reformat the hard drive, and reinstall Windows. This is not the answer you will get here, I will share my own 3 ways to help you unlock the computer when you forgot Windows 7 password. let’s proceed.

Method 1: Use Password Reset Disk

A password reset disk could really come in handy if you ever forgot Windows 7 password. The problem with this method is that you have to create the password reset disk before the password is lost. Assuming that you have created it in advance, then you can use this method to reset Windows 7 password easily.

  1. Once you've typed the wrong password, Windows 7 will show a Reset password link below the login box.
  2. Click on the link. Make sure that password reset disk is plugged into the computer at this point.
  3. When the Password Reset Wizard appears, click Next to continue.
  4. Select the right password reset disk. Click Next.
  5. Type in a new password and a hint for the password. Click Next.
  6. Click Finish. Now you can log in to your PC with the new password.

Method 2: Using Other Available Administrative Account

But unlike Windows XP, the built-in Administrator account in Windows 7 is disabled or hidden by default. If you are able to log in your computer with other available administrative account, it's quite easy for you to reset forgotten Windows 7 password as follows:

  1. Type lusrmgr.msc in the Start search box and hit Enter to pop up the Local Users and Groups window.
  2. Expand Users folder to display all the user accounts in the Windows 7 machine.
  3. Right-click the account whose password you forgot and select Set Password.
  4. Click Proceed to go on your operation.
  5. Type and confirm your new password and click Ok.

Method 3: Reset Windows 7 Password by Third-party Software

  1. Download the self-extracting Zip file of Reset Windows Password package.
  2. Uncompress the package, there is a ISO image: ResetWindowsPwd.iso. Burn it onto a CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
  3. Boot your locked computer from the newly burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
  4. Wait until the boot process is finished. When a window pops up with all your Windows accounts, select the target one to remove your forgotten password.

Re-installing Windows 7 is always an option, but we consider that a last resort. Installation will help you remove forgotten Windows password, but also erase your important data on computer. So don't try this method unless you don't have other solutions.

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Hi there, so you forgot Windows 7 password, and now you are wondering how to unlock your computer? You are in the right place, and to comfort you up a little bit, you are not unique on this matter. There are a lot of people that for some reason forget the login password on their computers, and most of the time the answer they find all over the Internet is to reformat the hard drive, and reinstall Windows. This is not the answer you will get here, I will share my own 3 ways to help you unlock the computer when you forgot Windows 7 password. let’s proceed.

Method 1: Use Password Reset Disk

A password reset disk could really come in handy if you ever forgot Windows 7 password. The problem with this method is that you have to create the password reset disk before the password is lost. Assuming that you have created it in advance, then you can use this method to reset Windows 7 password easily.

  1. Once you've typed the wrong password, Windows 7 will show a Reset password link below the login box.
  2. Click on the link. Make sure that password reset disk is plugged into the computer at this point.
  3. When the Password Reset Wizard appears, click Next to continue.
  4. Select the right password reset disk. Click Next.
  5. Type in a new password and a hint for the password. Click Next.
  6. Click Finish. Now you can log in to your PC with the new password.

Method 2: Using Other Available Administrative Account

But unlike Windows XP, the built-in Administrator account in Windows 7 is disabled or hidden by default. If you are able to log in your computer with other available administrative account, it's quite easy for you to reset forgotten Windows 7 password as follows:

  1. Type lusrmgr.msc in the Start search box and hit Enter to pop up the Local Users and Groups window.
  2. Expand Users folder to display all the user accounts in the Windows 7 machine.
  3. Right-click the account whose password you forgot and select Set Password.
  4. Click Proceed to go on your operation.
  5. Type and confirm your new password and click Ok.

Method 3: Reset Windows 7 Password by Third-party Software

  1. Download the self-extracting Zip file of Reset Windows Password package.
  2. Uncompress the package, there is a ISO image: ResetWindowsPwd.iso. Burn it onto a CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
  3. Boot your locked computer from the newly burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
  4. Wait until the boot process is finished. When a window pops up with all your Windows accounts, select the target one to remove your forgotten password.

Re-installing Windows 7 is always an option, but we consider that a last resort. Installation will help you remove forgotten Windows password, but also erase your important data on computer. So don't try this method unless you don't have other solutions.

Nice p0st.

Also you if you have access to a microsoft technet cd or any type of technet access, microsoft has a tool called DART which for some of you that remember used to be called something like Recovery Commander or Desktop Commander Recovery. It just requires an install disk which is the same as the OS that you are trying to reset password or recover, so if you are using WIn2008R2 then you need the R2 disk etc. Once you have dart run the install give it an install disk and it will generate a recovery ISO. Once you boot it brings up a mini Win7/2008 interface and it will open up a user/group interface where you can change the pasword. Command line access is also available to do other thing.

Laterz.

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I feel like I add to every Windows password recovery thread on this site, but hey, hopefully that's a good thing. Recently a friend showed me the "sticky keys" method of resetting a Windows password, which is both simple and convenient. All you do is replace the sticky keys executable (sethc.exe) in system32 with the command prompt (cmd), from a windows recovery console (install disks have the recovery console). I imagine this process could also be done from a Linux live disk. Then when you go to boot into Windows, hit the shift key 5 times, and instead of the sticky keys window popping up, you get a command prompt. From here just issue the net user command and change your password. There are a couple articles online about it, and the process has worked every time I've tried it so far. Don't forget to make a copy of your sticky keys executable before doing this though, otherwise you won't be able to use the actual sticky keys for a while!

-TheFunk

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I feel like I add to every Windows password recovery thread on this site, but hey, hopefully that's a good thing. Recently a friend showed me the "sticky keys" method of resetting a Windows password, which is both simple and convenient. All you do is replace the sticky keys executable (sethc.exe) in system32 with the command prompt (cmd), from a windows recovery console (install disks have the recovery console). I imagine this process could also be done from a Linux live disk. Then when you go to boot into Windows, hit the shift key 5 times, and instead of the sticky keys window popping up, you get a command prompt. From here just issue the net user command and change your password. There are a couple articles online about it, and the process has worked every time I've tried it so far. Don't forget to make a copy of your sticky keys executable before doing this though, otherwise you won't be able to use the actual sticky keys for a while!

-TheFunk

Wow did not even think about sticky keys. I will try this.

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There are several utilities to blank out the password in the SAM file. Getting around Windows physical security is trivial - unless one wants to get to encrypted files. Then the password needs to be cracked. 

 

Will need to try Funk's method. If Sticky Keys runes as SYSTEM, that could be interesting. :-)

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This method has always worked great for me:

http://debian.org/

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12 hours ago, scratchytcarrier said:

This method has always worked great for me:

http://debian.org/

but they dont support ma sparc 32bit no more

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1 hour ago, dinscurge said:

but they dont support ma sparc 32bit no more

Maybe upgrade your CPU? 

 

EDIT:  :-P

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On 9/30/2016 at 4:15 AM, tekio said:

Maybe upgrade your CPU? 

 

EDIT:  :-P

was more joking about the change where they made it less obvious what they supported, but it kind of always was less obvious for the weird stuff.. like the version with bsd kernels or whatever, used to just be click download and it offered all the versions(besides the other kernel ones)

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11 hours ago, dinscurge said:

was more joking about the change where they made it less obvious what they supported, but it kind of always was less obvious for the weird stuff.. like the version with bsd kernels or whatever, used to just be click download and it offered all the versions(besides the other kernel ones)

I didn't get that. Just remembered a while back you were always having trouble getting Linux on your Sparc Station: keyboard drivers, etc....  

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On 10/1/2016 at 9:13 PM, tekio said:

I didn't get that. Just remembered a while back you were always having trouble getting Linux on your Sparc Station: keyboard drivers, etc....  

 

actually did figure that out lol :P got open bsd on it currently since they still actively support sparc32 and are relatively small install media size etc. was mostly issues with reading discs being had the wrong type of media for the cdrom, the metallic/metallized whatever instead of the dye but was able to plug in different roms with the case open, just cant install them

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On 7/21/2012 at 4:45 PM, BayouBilly said:

Wow did not even think about sticky keys. I will try this.

I usually use the sticky keys method for customers who forget their password. And yes, this method still works in Windows 10 of course pre Windows 10, if you didn't have a linux or windows boot disk handy you could start windows up and do a "hardcore" hard shutdown (pulling the power plug out of box while windows was booting, or hold the power key down on a laptop). What this does is when you plug the plug back into the system, windows will display a message that your computer didn't shut down correctly. with a couple of options. One of them being a "Read More about this" (or something along those lines. if you open it up it will open in the text editor (complete with the "save as" optrion under the File Menu. Click on that and you will be able to get to the file system in windows that way. From there you can nav to the Win32 folder and rename the cmd.exe to sethc.exe. 

 

In order to use it via Windows 10 you'll need some sort of boot disk. (prefrebly Linux) as Microsoft has removed the "Read More" text file as mentioned above.

 

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Sticky keys was really clever: whomever thought of this. 

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On 12/3/2016 at 9:44 PM, tekio said:

Sticky keys was really clever: whomever thought of this. 

Whats nice about sticky keys is that its considered a Accessibility aid for people with disabilities (mainly for those that are unable to pres multiple keys simultaneously). So its a feature that they absolutely need to be available right as windows gets loaded up as it falls under the ADA guidelines. 

 

The fact that its an external program rather than baked into the core windows app itself is a bonus.

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13 hours ago, Deano252 said:

Whats nice about sticky keys is that its considered a Accessibility aid for people with disabilities (mainly for those that are unable to pres multiple keys simultaneously). So its a feature that they absolutely need to be available right as windows gets loaded up as it falls under the ADA guidelines. 

 

The fact that its an external program rather than baked into the core windows app itself is a bonus.

I wonder what they do about Linux, BSD and OS X? Seriously, I once worked with a disabled person (only had a single arm)  who always complained about ctl+alt+delete. He got pretty frustrated with Windows 98. 

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There are accessible distros out there, my only experience with them was downloading the Knoppix version for the visually impaired, which includes speakup and talks you through the startup/login process.

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