How to Reset Windows 7 Password on Dell and Other Computers
As password comes in various combinations, remembering each and every one of your passwords is becoming a stress-inducing thing. When it comes to the log-on password of a Windows 7 on Dell computer, you may create a strong password to protect your computer where you store amounts of valuable documents, pictures, videos or other files. However, an overly strong password also often leaves you forgetting the login password on Windows 7 on your Dell PC computer & laptop.
If you've lost your password that's used to log on to Windows 7, how can you regain access to the Dell machine? Now you don't have to worry about it because there are lots of ways you can try to reset or recover the windows 7 password before you restore the locked Dell computer to factory settings.
1. Another user account with Administrator rights. If there is another account that's configured as an admin and has admin privilege on the same machine, you can use it to sign in Win 7 Dell computer and then head to User Accounts option under Control Panel to change the password of lost account.
2. A pre-created password reset disk. Using a password reset disk is the most reliable option for resetting a password for a user account in Windows 7 on your Dell laptop & desktop, no matter how many times you have changed the password. When you type an incorrect password in login screen, a logon failed message box appears, click OK to close it. Next click Reset password, the Password Reset Wizard starts, and then insert your Windows 7 password reset disk or USB flash drive. You follow the wizard to create a new password for your account.
Please note that if you don't have such a disk created previously before you forgot the password on your Windows 7 Dell computer, you must use one of the other methods in this article to access PC.
3. Password cracking software. There are several password cracking tool out there that can help you bypass or recover the Windows 7 password on Dell, Acer, HP, ASUS, Lenovo, Toshiba, VAIO, Samsung, and the best of the lot is Spowersoft Windows Password Reset. It's the go-to tool when you need to reset the local password on a Windows 7, XP, Vista, 8, 10, as well as domain password on Windows server 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2012. It even gives you options to delete an unwanted account or add a new admin account.
The tool includes three editions, you can check here to compare the editions to select which one is suitable for you.
Please use a second computer that has Internet access in order to download the program (see link above). The guide below describes how to unlock the password on your Windows 7 Dell computer where you have no administrator password or password reset disk created previously.
Step 1: Use the program to create a password reset disk for Windows 7
To get started, you must first create a Windows 7 account password reset disk that you can then use to boot the locked Dell computer from to reset the password. You need either a USB flash drive OR a CD/ DVD media.
Put a USB drive device or CD/DVD disc into the computer, then open up the program.
Click the "USB device" or "CD/DVD", and in the next screen click "begin burning", the program will start creating the password reset disk on your chosen media.
When the process completes, remove your USB flash drive or CD/DVD disc from the computer, and connect it to your locked Dell computer.
Before attempting to reset your Dell computer Windows 7 password with the disc, make sure that you change the boot order of BIOS on your Dell machine to boot from the disc you just created, rather than a default Windows installation.
Step 2: Set Dell BIOS to boot from your disc
In order to do this, you will have to go to BIOS and change the boot order as your USB drive or CD/DVD you just created as the first boot option.
Turn on your Dell computer in question, and wait for the message "Press [key] to enter BIOS", just like the image shown below, and press the key (it should be F2, DELETE, F12, or may be F1, CTRL+ALT+ENTER, or Fn+ESC or Fn+F1, see the message carefully) to enter the BIOS screen.
Please keep in mind some of computers' BIOS may list the message as "Press [key] to enter BIOS setup", "Press [key] to access system configuration", "Enter BIOS by pressing [key]", see more the list of computers with BIOS keys to enter BIOS setup.
Once you have successfully entered the BIOS setup, you should see a screen similar to the example below. In the example BIOS, you will see the menu options are listed horizontally at the top of the screen, and the instructions about how to make changes listed at the bottom.
Head to Boot tab, from where you should see the boot order options - Boot Device Priority (Note, some BIOS might called it "Advanced BIOS Features", "First Boot Device", "Boot Sequence"). If you created a Windows 7 password reset disk on a USB drive, then here you select Hard Drive as 1st Boot Device, or if you instead use a CD/ DVD media to create a password reset disk, here you choose CDROM as 1st Boot Device.
Just one note - some computers' BIOS may label the USB boot option as Hard Drive, or as USB or Removable Devices, please remember to dig around and find the right one to go. Also check the list of computers with BIOS boot order options if the interface of BIOS on your machine is not the same as image shown below.
Once boot sequence is changed, press F10 key to save the changes and exit the BIOS. The computer will reboot automatically.
Step 3: Reset password on Dell computer with windows 7
Wait until the Dell (desktop & laptop) machine boots from the password reset disk, a few seconds later you will see the program's resetting screen, as shown below:
In this example, the machine has a single Windows 7 operating system installed, making this a very easy choice.
Next, select the user account that needs to reset password on Windows 7 from the list, and click on "Reset" button, the program will begin resetting the account on your Dell machine to blank (empty) password. If you run the program to reset the password on Windows server 2000, 2003, 2008, 2012, the password will be reset to Spower@2011.
The resetting process will take only a few seconds. After that, press "Reboot" button, your Dell desktop & laptop should restart right up! Make sure you remove the disk from the computer, or the machine will boot from the password reset disk again next time you power on it.
Now, you should be able to log into your Dell PC without a password. If you're on a multi-user computer, the logon screen will still comes up after booting from Windows normally, but when you click on the user that had the password reset you just made, you will directly enter Windows 7 automatically without a prompt for password entering.
That is it!
Delete an account or create a new account with Admin privilege (Special version only)
When you're using Special version of the program at step 3, you can see the "Add User" and "Delete User" button is activated with blue color. To delete an existing account or add a new user account with administrator rights, simply hit the corresponding button, follow the wizard, and you're off.
List of Dell machines Supported
Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs: Inspiron 11 3000 Series, Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1, Inspiron 14 3000 Series, Inspiron 15 3000 Series (Inter/ AMD), Inspiron 15 5000 Series (Inter/ AMD), Inspiron 17 5000 Series (Inter/ AMD), Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1, Inspiron 15 7000 Series 2-in-1, Inspiron 15 Gaming Series, XPS 12, XPS 13, XPS 15, Alienware 13, Alienware 15, Alienware 17, Latitude 14 3000, Latitude 15 3000, New Latitude 11 5000 2-in-1, Latitude 12 5000, Latitude 14 5000, Latitude 15 5000, Latitude 12 7000, Latitude 13 7000, Latitude 14 7000, Latitude 11 Education, Latitude 13 Education, Latitude 12 Rugged, Latitude 14 Rugged, Vostro 14 3000 Series, Vostro 15 3000 Series, Precision 15 3000 Series (3510), Precision 15 5000 Series (5510), Precision 7000 Series, etc.
Desktop & All-in-Ones: Inspiron 3000 Series All-in-Ones, Inspiron 5000 Series All-in-Ones, Inspiron 7000 Series All-in-Ones, XPS 8900, XPS 27, Alienware Alpha, Alienware Steam Machine, Alienware X51, Alienware Area 51, etc.
List of computer brands Supported