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How to Unlock a Windows 7 Computer: Lost or Forgot Password

Rob Parsons Updated on Apr 28, 2022 2:30 PM

I need help unlocking Windows 7 welcome screen. My uncle put a password on my Asus laptop and he forgot the password. I can't use the computer at all not. How do I unlock the password Windows 7 Home Premium.

The effective practice to protect Windows 7 computer from unauthorized access is setting a password on the login screen. But what if you're locked out of your user account because you've lost the password? What happens now? Well, with a bit of time and effort, it's not difficult to unlock a Windows 7 password to get into your own PC & laptop.

Here's how to unlock admin or user account in Windows 7. If you're on a domain, you should contact your system administrator to get the computer unlocked.

Option 1: Unlock Windows 7 Password by Logging as Administrator

Before you can do anything else, you can access to the locked computer with the hidden admin account (which has no password) and unlock Windows 7 account by changing the password.

  • Start your computer, immediately press F8 a few times to reach boot menu screen.
  • Choose Safe Mode with arrow keys and press Enter.
  • Log in with the admin account and get onto Windows 7 desktop.
  • Go to Control Panel > User Accounts > Manage User Accounts.
  • Click on an account that is locked with a password. Then click Reset Password.
  • Enter a new password, confirm it and press OK.

Problem Solved! You're able to log into the locked Windows 7 computer with new password. If you've set up an account with admin privileges, you can reset the password easily by going through from Step 3 to Step 5.

Option 2: Unlock Windows 7 Computer via Password Reset Wizard

A Windows 7 password reset disk could really come in handy if you ever get yourself out of the system. With it, you can quickly unlock a login password in Windows 7 without losing data. You'll need to create previously before it's locked.

  • Open up the locked-out computer.
  • Click "Reset password" link after failed logon attempts.
  • Insert the beforehand password reset disk.
  • Type the new password and click on Next to apply the change to unlock the locked computer for Windows 7.

Option 3: Unlock Windows 7 Password with Specialist Application

Have no password reset disk at hand? If that's you then you'll want an alternative option. Happily, it's perfect for a last resort to use Spower Windows Password Reset tool for unlocking the computer when forgotten Windows 7 password.

With the program installed, you can easily create a password reset disk and then safely unlock forgotten password on Windows 7 desktop & laptop. The software delivers 100% automatic solution to reset password on any Windows computer. The smart search technique looks through the system for any user accounts that is locked with a password, and includes them into the list. Then you can unlock all passwords found this way at once.

It's literally that simple to use. All you'll need is to burn a bootable password reset file to a USB or CD/DVD, and the tool immediately unlock the password in the welcome screen. It's pretty smooth sailing. Check the differences of three editions about the software.

  • Download the utility and install it. This should be done on a workable computer.
  • Insert either a USB or CD/DVD to create a reset disk.
  • Take out the disk and insert it to your computer that is locked by a password.
  • Start up the computer from the disk instead of loading Windows 7 system as normal. You may go to BIOS or Boot Menu and set that disk as the primary boot device. see this:
  • How to boot from CD/DVD on Windows

    How to boot from USB in Windows

  • If everything goes well, the computer will boot from the disk and get into program window.
  • Choose the locked user account, and press Reset button.

The program will have the account unlocked. Once done, just press Reboot button and you're good to go.

Option 4: Unlock Windows 7 Account with CMD For Free

The traditional way of unlocking user account on Windows 7 and bypassing login screen is to use command prompt. This requires an installation disk or system repair disc.

  • Pop the prepared system repair disc or installation disk into the locked Windows 7 PC & laptop, and reboot from it.
  • After selecting your language, click Next. Then click "Repair your computer" link in the lower-left corner of the interface.
  • When the searching process for Windows 7 is done, click Next.
  • Choose Command Prompt on the windows to launch command prompt.
  • Type this in order and press Enter:
  • copy d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\

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

  • Once done, take out the disk and restart your computer. Press Shift key five times to run command prompt. Type the following line and press Enter. Replace "exampleusername" with your username and "newpassword" with any password of your choice.
  • net user exampleusername newpassword

  • Reboot your computer and unlock Windows 7 PC with new password.

The Bottom Line - Access a Locked Windows 7 Computer: Success!

If you've been locking out of your user account in Windows 7 with the stupid password, hopefully you're bow been able to unlock it and regain access to the desktop. In fact, you don't have to go through all the options explained above, but remember, make sure you always have a password reset disk since Microsoft offers the service to prevent a forgotten password on any Windows OS.

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