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Forgot Acer Laptop Password in Windows 7? Four Methods for Reset

Lucas Seltzer Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:58 PM

Though a password provides a basic and very effective level of security protection for laptops, losing it can get you in a world of pain if you don't know how to fix the problem. Imaging that you forgot what password you used to get onto Acer laptop (or notebook) and have not been able to access to Windows 7 account.

Even if things look miserable, you can try a couple of fixes to reset forgotten Acer laptop password in Windows 7. Either method to be explained in the following part should get you into the Acer laptop even you have no recovery disk at hand.

1. Try Reliable Software

You might not appreciate Microsoft-provided ways of resetting Windows 7 password forgotten on Acer laptop for the obscure settings—here're two popular programs you can choose from to easily get past startup password on the laptop.

Option 1: Ophcrack

Ophcrack claims that it's able to free unlock the Acer laptop by recovering a forgotten Windows 7 password. But occasionally, it won't do much help if the password is longer than 6 digits.

  • Open an accessible computer.
  • Head to the download page of Ophcrack, once there, click on ophcrack Vista/7 LiveCD button to begin downloading ISO file.
  • Burn the downloaded ISO file to either a USB thumb drive or a CD.
  • Restart Acer laptop with the Ophcrack Live CD drive or disc inserted. You need to arrange boot order from BIOS menu.
  • If all goes well, Ophcrack should open and will automatically crack the password of the user accounts it has found on the laptop.

Option 2: Spower Windows Password Reset

If it's failed, or if you're looking for a quick how-to on resetting forgotten password of Windows 7 account on Acer laptop, try Spower Windows Password Reset instead. It features with easy techniques most users can carry out for themselves.

It's true that the utility turns out to be a life-saver at the moment when forgotten local Windows 7 admin password to Acer laptop. With it, you can reset forgotten administrator password, user password and guest password for Acer laptop running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7. The automated password reset procedure will detect all the user account on the system, and you just select any of one to reset password with minimal effort.

Note that the application is fully compatible with all versions of Windows OS, from older Windows XP to recent Windows 10.

This process is relatively simple and saves you the pain of dealing with a forgotten Acer laptop password using an unfamiliar program. Follow the step-by-step guide below.

Step 1: Create password reset disk after installation

From a functional computer, download the tool and install it.

Fire it up, and you'll be prompted to burn a password reset disk with either a USB drive or a disc.

To do this, insert a blank USB or CD/DVD, and then hit USB device button or CD/DVD button on the screen correspondingly.

Windows 7 Acer laptop password forgot

The burning process should take a short period of time. Once done, take the disk inserted to your Acer laptop that was locked with a lost password.

Step 2: Reboot Acer laptop with password reset USB or CD/DVD

Restart Acer notebook, and when at bootup, repeatedly tap [key] to enter BIOS, where you can set the password reset disk as the first boot device, so that your laptop boots from it.

Tip: The [key] flashes quickly on the loading screen. It's usually DEL or F2 key. Alternatively, use F12 key to access Boot Menu to choose to boot from the reset disk—but you need to enable boot device menu first.

Step 3: Resetting lost Windows 7 login password for Acer laptop

With Step 2 completed successfully, Acer laptop should restart and boot from the disk, allowing you to reset forgotten password on Windows 7 Acer laptop. The graphical interface walks you through the process as Step-1-2-3-4 to achieve this: select windows system > select a user account > click Reset > Click Reboot.

Recover Forgotten Password for Windows 7 Acer Laptop

Reboot the machine, and you should notice that the lock-screen password prompt should be gone and you now have full access to it again.

2. Apply Microsoft Way

Microsoft offers several methods that can also save the day when you couldn't remember the old Windows 7 password and lose access to Acer laptop. Try either of these solutions.

Option 1: Use Password Reset Disk

The most recommended way of fixing the lost Acer laptop password situation is with the password reset disk. This is essentially a small file that comes in handy for password reset if you ever forget login account password in Windows 7.

Now grab the password reset disk (if you have one) to instantly reset lost password on Acer laptop, so you can logon to Windows 7 system as usual.

  • On Acer logon screen, click the link labeled "Reset password".
  • Plug your password reset disk into laptop.
  • Follow the steps in the Password Reset Wizard to create a new password.

This way the original password you forgot on Acer laptop should be reset or removed for free. If you forget the password again, you can use the same reset disk to bypass password issue.

Option 2: Try Windows Safe Mode

Another Microsoft route is to enter Safe Mode that starts the Acer laptop with a minimum of effort, though you've lost or forgotten Windows 7 password pitifully. This involves the built-in Administrator account that was always created by default.

  • Start up Acer laptop.
  • As soon as the logo screen appears, immediately press F8 to access Advanced Boot Options.
  • From the list, choose Safe Mode and press Enter to move on.
  • On the login screen, click on Administrator and leave the password field blank to get onto the desktop of Acer laptop.
  • Click Start button > Control Panel > User Accounts.
  • In the subsequent screen, click "Manage another account" link.
  • Click on the user account that you forgot the password to, and then set up a new password for it. This doesn't requires entering the old password.

Forgot Password on Acer Laptop with No Recovery Disk

The Bottom Line

Hopefully this guide has helped you regain access to Acer laptop even if you forgot or lost the (administrator) password on Windows 7. And hopefully you always have a password reset disk and store it in a safer place, which can be valuable for preventing embarrassing situations.

Beyond that, you can use Recovery Management to reinstall Windows 7 and remove forgotten password, so you're able to get access to Acer laptop or notebook.


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