How to Reset Windows 8 Password on Dell Laptop & Desktop
Few things are more frustrating than having yourself locked out of the computer, along with emerging message that the entering password is incorrect. It's a fact that most people, including yours truly, don't plan ahead for forgetting password on a Dell computer with Windows 8/ 8.1 system. Fortunately, instead of bring your PC to factory condition, there are lots of ways and tools that can make it possible to reset the password, no matter which version of Windows you're running.
The way to reset lost Windows 8/ 8.1 password on Dell computer differ depending on the type of accounts you have chosen to log onto the system.
1) If your user account used to sign into Windows 10 is connected to your online Microsoft account -- that is, an account that allows you to sign in to many other assorted Microsoft services like Outlook, Skype, Xbox LIVE, OneDrive using the same login credentials -- resetting or recovering a forgotten password on Windows 8/ 8.1 on your Dell laptop & desktop is arguably easy. What you need is go to Microsoft online support: https://account.live.com/password/reset, follow the on-screen instructions to reset the password.
2) Assuming you're using a local (computer) account - that is, an account tied to a particular machine -- to log onto Windows 8 on Dell, you will need another administrator account on the machine or a pre -- created password reset disk to recover the password of Windows 8/ 8.1 on Dell to regain access to the system.
However, if there is no another account with admin privileges on the Dell, you have no Windows 8 password reset disk in hand, you're the only admin user on your PC, what can you do?
3rd Party Windows 8 Password cracking utilities
The 3rd party tool we're going to use for resetting Windows 8 local password on Dell desktop & laptop is Spowersoft Windows Password Reset. It is lightweight tool that allows you to easily create a password reset disk for resetting local password on Windows including XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and also for domain password on Server 2003, 2008, 2012. If you like, you can use it to create a new account on machine with administrator rights, or just delete an unwanted account.
Compare the editions of this program to select a proper edition to reset the lost password.
This article of resetting password of your local user account on windows 8 Dell computer applies to all versions of Windows 8 including Core, Pro, Enterprise, RT including the 32- and 64-bit editions.
Step 1: Run the tool on a second PC to create a Windows 8 password reset disk
Click the link above to download the program on a second computer that you have access authority, install it.
Open up the program. To create a password reset disk for your Dell Windows 8 system, you need to prepare a blank USB flash drive or CD/ DVD disc.
Put a blank disk (USB flash drive, CD, DVD) onto your computer, you then click on the "USB device" or "CD/DVD" button on the bottom of the interface to begin creating a Windows 8 reset password disk.
Remove the disk from the machine, and insert into your locked Dell computer.
Now you have to change the boot order in your Dell computer's BIOS from the default Windows 8 to disk you just created, so that the password reset disk will work for you.
Step 2: Power on your locked Dell computer and boot up from the disk you just made
1) If you're using a new PC (purchased after 2012) with Windows 8/ 8.1 preloaded – it should use UEFI firmware (a replacement to old as time legacy BIOS), you have to enter the UEFI firmware and disable Secure Boot option, then follow the traditional way to set legacy BIOS to boot from CD/ DVD or USB drive.
2) If you're on a computer with Windows 8/ 8.1 system that upgrade from Windows 7 or earlier version of Windows, it still uses the legacy BIOS. In that case, you can simply follow the article about how to set legacy BIOS to boot from CD/DVD or USB drive.
Step 3: Reset windows 8 password on Dell desktop & laptop
After saving the boot order changes, your locked Dell will restart. If you setup the BIOS boot order correctly your Dell computer should boot from the Windows 8 password reset disk automatically.
When it loads to the screen shown below, the exciting moment is coming. On the screen you can see the program listing all Windows OS and user accounts it detects on the machine. In this example screen, you can see that there are three accounts: Administrator, Guest, and sunshare.
Now, simply select your Windows 8 system, and the account you want to reset the lost password on Dell, press the blue "Reset" button at the bottom left side of the screen.
The program will start working and resetting the account to empty password finally.
Once done, press the "Reboot" button to restart the machine. Be sure to remove the Windows 8 password reset disk from the computer (important!), otherwise your machine will boot from the disk, rather than a default Windows system next time.
Now that your account password has been removed (empty), you're required no password to log on to Windows 8 on Dell computer.
How to create a new account with administrator rights (Special version only)
The special version of the software not only allows you to reset password in Windows 8 on Dell, but also gives you ability to add a now account that has Admin rights on your Dell computer.
The procedure is: when your PC boot from the password reset disk, the program will show you a screen like something below. Simply click the "Add User" button, in the pop-up box, enter a name and password for the new account and confirm it by clicking OK. You another administrator account is successfully created.
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