How to Recover Windows 7 Password on Laptop & Desktop
We use computer so frequently - whether you're at home or at office - that you wouldn't think we'd forget the login passwords. But we do. If you can't remember your password for Windows 7 desktop or laptop, you can reset it by using Microsoft provided way or third-party solutions. In this article, we'll show you how to reset a forgotten password on Windows 7 and regain access to the computer.
1. Using the reset password disk
Assuming you made a password reset disk before forgetting your Windows 7 password, you can use it to reset the account and set a new password in a matter of seconds. Here's how to do that.
That's it! You should get a confirmation that your forgotten Windows 7 password has been reset.
2. Using a Windows 7 password reset software app
If you forget to create one such reset disk previously when you're locked out of account, things can be a little bit tricky. However, that doesn't mean you're out of lucky. You can try something like Spower Windows password reset software to quickly reset your lost or forgotten Windows 7 password. Here is how it works. The guide applies to any edition of Windows 7. Editions comparison here.
Begin by clicking the button above to download the application and install on an accessible computer.
Step 1: Create a Windows 7 password reset disk for lost password
Open up the software on the computer, and plug a blank CD/DVD or USB drive into it, click the "USB device" or "CD/DVD" button to create a reset disk. This only takes around one minute.
When it done, remove the disk and insert into your locked computer.
Step 2: Set the locked computer's BIOS to boot from the disk
Since the computer you forgot password on boots from the drive where has Windows 7 system installation by default, we'll have to change the boot order so it can boot from the reset disk you just made to reset the forgotten password.
The process of configuring BIOS to boot from the Windows 7 reset disk could take 5-10 minutes. Thankfully, it's not as hard as you think, visit two articles below for detailed information.
Step 3: Reset the forgotten password for Windows 7
After you've configured the BIOS, save the settings and it will restart the computer automatically and boot from the password reset disk.
If everything passes, then you should get to a screen where you can select which account you want to reset the lost password.
Click "Reboot" after you reset the passwords. Your computer should restart and you should now be able to log into Windows 7 again!
3. Using another Windows 7 Administrator account
If you have another account with Admin privilege in your Windows 7 computer, follow these steps to change the user account's password that has been forgot.
Now you're able to log in to the Windows 7 with that account with new password.
The administrator account is hidden and disabled in Windows 7 by default. If your have not enabled it before you lost the password or forgot Admin password in Windows 7 computer yet, this approach won't help you.
4. Using a Windows 7 installation DVD or System Repair disc
Provided that you have the original Windows installation DVD or have already created a Windows 7 system repair disc, you may try to use this disc to reset the forgotten password and get back to Windows 7 system. This repair disk won't reinstall or reformat your computer and it just gets you into Windows' built-in recovery tools.
copy c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\
copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
net user username password
Now you should be able to access to the Windows 7 desktop again.
5. Making a Windows 7 clean installation
Performing a clean install of Windows 7 on your computer would be your last resort if none of ways mentioned above work. This is obviously not a great idea to get past a forgotten Windows 7 password but this will almost certainly work.
Bear in mind that a Windows 7 clean install means to erase everything on the machine and start from scratch. Follow the article on How to Clean Install Windows 7 from Lifewire to get more details about this method.