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Forgot Password on Windows 7 HP Laptop? Fix it Now!

Peter Rugg Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:58 PM

We're only human, and sometimes we forget things. Whether it be where you left your house keys, or just simply what your login password is on the Windows 7 HP laptop (notebook), it happens. Unfortunately, for the latter, it might mean that you're locked out of the login screen without being able to access to anything. This could result in dead-end frustration.

Actually, unlocking an HP laptop when forgotten Windows 7 password can be surprisingly easy once you know how. Here, we show you how to recover or reset forgotten HP laptop password for Windows 7 instantly and safely, and get you back to your day. You can either use HP-provided solutions, or apply a third-party tool, to conduct the HP laptop password recovery.

Part 1: Employ a Password Reset Software

If you have trouble remembering Windows 7 account password for HP laptop, consider a third-party program such as Spower Windows Password Reset to restore full access to the system. Within a small amount of time, you will have the forgotten password reset without data loss or damage.

The utility offers great productivity and security for users who forgot the admin/ user password to login to HP laptop with Windows 7. It has the potential to create a bootable password reset disk and reset the existing password that have been lost or forgotten completely. It gives full support on any models of HP computers as well as other brands of computers. An additional feature is built in the Ultimate edition of it (See other two editions) and thus you can add an administrator account to HP laptop.

Stepwise procedure to easily reset forgotten Windows 7 password and get right into HP laptop by using the application. Click here for the full guide.

  • Open the software after downloading and installing it on workable computer.
  • Insert a USB drive or CD/DVD to create a password reset disk.
  • Pop the disk into your HP laptop and start it
  • Set the machine to boot from the password reset disk you created.
  • If everything goes well, HP laptop will restart and boot from the disk.
  • When you get into the password reset window (see below), choose a user account that you forgot the password.
  • Hit Reset button.
  • Click Reboot button.

The HP laptop would be restarted in the normal mode without lock screen on it. You can simply get access to the desktop in the end.

Part 2: Use HP-provided Ways

HP offers seamless routes to regain access to locked HP laptop if forgotten the Windows 7 admin password, and quickly save yourself from the troubles.

Option 1: Use Previously Created Password Reset Disk

It's just as easy to use password reset disk as to create it before forgetting the (admin) password on Windows 7 logon screen. The best part about the password recovery disk is that no matter how many times you change or reset a password, it will always allow you to create a new one.

  • When fail to log into HP laptop, click "Reset password" link underneath the password field.
  • Insert your password reset disk and choose it from the pull-down menu.
  • Use the password reset wizard to recover forgotten HP laptop password to unlock Windows 7 system effectively.

Recover Lost HP Laptop Password of Windows 7

Option 2: Log in with Admin Account to Reset Forgotten Password

This is also the straightforward method to access to the locked HP laptop after you forget the Windows 7 password. As long as you're able to log into an account with administrator rights, it will work for you.

  • Get on the HP laptop, login to that administrator account.
  • Click Start > Control Panel, to open Control Panel window.
  • Click User Accounts and Family Safety > User Accounts, then click Manage another account.
  • Choose the account you've forgotten the password, and then click on Change the password.
  • Enter and confirm the new password, then click Change Password button.

System will confirm the new password is saved. Later you can log into the HP Windows 7 laptop with the new password.

How to Unlock HP Laptop If Forgotten Password

Option 3: By Executing Commands at Command Prompt

On a technical level, you can try resetting or recovering forgotten password in Windows 7 HP laptop via console commands. This requires you have the HP recovery disk (How to create?). The following steps instruct how to recover the password you've lost.

  • Power on the password-forgotten HP notebook or laptop.
  • Insert the HP recovery disk to the computer. When prompted, press any key to boot from the disk.
  • In the dialog window that pops up, choose your references of language and click Next.
  • Then on the bottom left of the window, click on "Repair your computer" link to proceed.
  • When finishing searching for the Windows installation, click Next.
  • Then select Windows 7 that is found and click Next. Note down the location of the system installation file.
  • System Recovery Options window will open. There, choose Command Prompt.
  • In the command prompt window, enter the following command codes and press Enter. Make sure that you use the correct drive letter of yours.
  • copy c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\

    copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

  • When done, take out of the disk and restart HP notebook.
  • When on the logon screen, press Shift key five time to call up command prompt window again.
  • Use net user command this time to recover forgotten login password:
  • net user username newpassword

  • Press Enter and your done! Reboot HP laptop and you can access anything on it.

Option 4: Perform HP System Recovery to Remove Forgotten Password

We're moving into the slightly more drastic measures now. If the previous methods didn't work for you, the only option would be do a system recovery on the HP laptop with Recovery Manager. Doing this will erase everything that's in the hard drive and set the laptop back to original factory conditions. For those who are in the habit of backing their HP up frequently, then using this solution is probably harmless.

  • Turn on HP laptop or notebook, and press F11 until Recovery Manager opens.
  • On the left column, click System Recovery.
  • When prompted you to back up your files, do so, and when you're done, click OK.
  • The system recovery process will begin automatically.
  • After it finishes, press Finish to restart the computer. Now you get into your HP laptop.
  • The laptop should take some time to complete the setup. Leave it to do its business.

You can also restore your HP laptop to its original state by using the native Windows functionality. Check out the HP document and follow the directions there.


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