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How to Recover Dell Laptop Password for Windows 7 [Safe, Easy]

Rob Parsons Updated on Apr 15, 2022 5:58 PM

It often happens that when we try logging in to Windows 7 on a Dell laptop which has not been used for a period of time, we end up forgetting the password and locked ourselves out. Luckily, there are a few workaround. Here are the best ways we've found for easily recovering Windows 7 password to Dell laptop (Inspiron, Latitude, Alienware, Vostro, etc). Note that you can't use the methods to break into someone else's computer.

The Default Method: Use Pre-Created Password Reset Disk

Having a password reset disk ready is quite handy, with which you can recover password on Dell laptop in Windows 7 and regain access to the machine. However, if you didn't create the password recovery disk while you were logged in with that password, you can't create now; and you'll need to go with the methods illustrated below.

  • Boot up the locked Dell laptop, at the logon screen, leave the password field blank and press Enter.
  • Click on "Reset password" link and Password Reset Wizard starts. Click Next.
  • Insert Password reset disk and locate it using the drop-down menu. Then press Next.
  • You will now be at a screen where you can enter a new password for the account that you've forgotten the old password.
  • Confirm the new password and you've done.

Administrator Password Recovery on Windows 7 Dell Laptop

The Easy Method: Dell Laptop Password Recovery in Windows 7 with Reliable Software

One of the most common and easiest way to recover Dell laptop password of Windows 7 account is to use a program called Spower Windows Password Reset, with which to create a bootable media, and then unlock the locked system. This is a solid method of getting the password recovered on the Windows 7 Dell laptops.

The program is lightweight and simple to use, and it can recover lost or forgotten password on the Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, etc, and unlock both Administrator and user accounts which are locked out or disabled. Moreover, the program allows you to create a new admin account without logon, which can be used to recover forgotten password for Dell laptop. It comes in three variants: Standard, Platinum, and Ultimate (Comparison). Download one of them based on the features and your needs.

User Guide: Recover Login Password on a Windows 7 Dell Laptop

Supported Dell Laptop Models: Dell Inspiron, XPS, Alienware, Latitude, G series, Precision, etc.

Step 1: Create a password recovery disk

After installing the software on an available computer, open it.

Insert a blank USB flash drive (or a CD/DVD disk), choose it from the pull-down menu, then click USB device button (or CD/DVD button) and the burning process should begin. This shouldn't take long and works pretty well.

Recover Windows 7 login password for Dell Laptop

When it's done, unplug the USB (or CD/DVD), then pop it into the locked Dell laptop.

Step 2: Reboot Dell from password recovery USB (or CD/DVD) drive

Restart Dell laptop, then navigate to BIOS Setup or Boot Menu to set it boot from the burned password reset USB drive (or CD/DVD disk).

To change boot order on the locked Dell laptop, read the articles:

Step 3: Begin recovering (admin) password in Windows 7 for Dell laptop

Your Dell laptop should now boot from the password recovery disk and the program will open automatically.

On the screen, choose Windows 7, select an account that you wish to recover the password for, and then hit the Reset button to start recovery process immediately.

Reboot Dell laptop and log into Windows 7 user account without password.

Windows 7 Dell Laptop recover password

The Complicated Method: Recover Dell Laptop Password in Windows 7 Using CMD

Every time you lock up a Dell laptop, you can always recover the Windows 7 login password with command prompt by going through the following steps. The process requires a Windows installation disk or system repair disc and involved some careful typing of command line codes.

  • Boot Dell laptop from Windows 7 installation disk.
  • On the screen that opens, set your language references, and click Next button.
  • Then click on the link that reads "Repair your computer" on the lower-left position of the window.
  • Wait for a while until Windows 7 is loaded.
  • Note the location of Windows 7 (D:) and click the Next button to proceed.
  • From System Recovery Options windows, choose Command Prompt option among a list of available recovery tools.
  • Execute these two commands in order in the command prompt window, and press Enter after each command. Remember to replace all d: with the correct drive letter of Windows 7 system.
  • copy d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\

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

  • Remove the disk and reboot Dell laptop.
  • When it's booting up, press Shift key five times to bring up command prompt window. Type this code and press Enter. Replacing username with your Windows 7 account name, and newpassword with the password you like.
  • net user username newpassword

  • When that's done, close command prompt window and reboot Dell laptop. Now the Windows 7 account on Dell laptop has been recovered successfully.

Recovering Lost Windows 7 Password on Dell Laptops

Now that you can recover Dell laptop password and get access to Windows 7 system, don't forget to create a password reset disk so you won't be caught in a situation like this again.

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