04-18-2012 07:39 PM
From what i can remember, when this happened to me a few years back, you should be able to boot into safe mode. When you boot into safe mode, type into start menu search bar "netplwiz". click the result and from the you should be able to select the user account and reset password by the button and botom of the window. Please backup your user data first while in safe mode by going to c:\user\[your_user_name} and copying important data out. Windows does warn that it cannot guarantee against data loss during the password reset.
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04-18-2012 07:40 PM
You might be able to remove that password and type a new one instead, by following the steps
here -> Restart your PC, and hold the F8 keyboard button and as You
enter the Windows® Boot Menu you will see some different choices,
choose Safe Mode with Networking. Now Windows® will start in Safe Mode.
Select the default Administrator account from the login, the password
can be blank. If you are lucky and passed the login, then you should be able to
edit your original account. If this doesn't work then you might need to use a third party program to remove the Password. Worst case you can do a system recovery and take it back to factory default settings by pressing F11 at start up to get to the recovery manager. All of your data will be lost if you do this option.
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To reset a forgotten Windows 7 password, there are several free methods:
1. Reset Windows 7 password with another admin account.
2. Reset Windows 7 password with Windows 7 password reset disk.
3. Reset Windows 7 password in Safe Mode.
4. Reset Windows 7 password with CMD.
5. Reset Windows 7 password using "lusrmgr.msc"
6. Remove Windows 7 password with Offline NT Password Editor.
7. Recover Windows 7 password using Installation Disk.
You also can check out this: Some efficient ways to recover Windows 7 password.
If you have accessibility options enabled and no hard disk encryption, try this... Boot to installation media and get a cmd prompt run the following commands: copy c:\windows\system32\magnify.exe c:\windows\system32\magnify.exe.old copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\magnify.exe reboot When prompted to login, click the accessibility button (bottom left) and place a check next to screen magnifier. This should launch a command prompt window with system level privs. You can now *safely* change the administrator's password.
And also can load a recovery program to reset forgotten windows 7 password, add/delete new administrator account without logon.
Option 1. Recover Windows 7 Password Via Another Administrator Account
If you have another user account with admin privileges, including built-in accounts in Windows 7/Vista/XP, you can easily bypass other accounts' password using Lusrmgr.msc and Command Line.
Log on Windows 7/Vista/XP with your administrator account. Click on Start, type lusrmgr.msc in the Search box(Win7/Vista) or Run box(Win7/Vista/XP) and click OK.
When the Local users and Groups dialog appears, open the Users folder. Right-click your user account and select "set password", type a new password and click OK.
Option 2 Recover Windows 7 Password using CMD command line
Step 1: Logon your Windows as administrator(You also can logon Safe Mode with Command Prompt, pressing F8 when restart your computer, hit up/down key to choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt and hit Enter).
Step 2: Click on Start, type cmd in the Run box or Search box and press Enter.
Step 3: Type net user, all user accounts of your computer will be listed.
Step 4: Type net user "UserName" "NewPassword"(replace UerName and NewPassword with yours), press Enter, then the password will be reset as new one and you can logon Windows Vista with it.
Option 3. Recover Windows 7 Password with Windows Password Recovery Tool
Download a small recovery program and burn it to a CD/USB on another PC, then use it to boot your locked computer to reset lost password offline.
Use another Windows 7 administrator account
Step 1: Sign in Windows 7 via another administrator account.
Step 2: Type “user accounts” in the search box and select User Accounts in the search results.
Step 3: User Accounts windows will open, with All Windows 7 user accounts displayed.
Step 4: Select the user account that you want to reset password of.
Step 5: Type a new password twice, a password hint once, and then click Change password button.
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