Forgot Windows Administrator / User Account Password? Recover and Reset Password in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP/2003/2K/NT/Server

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What should you do when you forgot the password to login to Windows or Windows Server system? Ask an administrator to reset the log on password for you. If you yourself are administrator, and you can’t remember the administrator password, the problem get a little tricky, and probably hard to recover the ‘forgotten password’ again. Before you search for recovery CD or Windows DVD to format and reinstall Windows onto the computer, here a few ways you can try to unlock the Windows to gain access to the system again, at least by resetting the password.

Method 1: Take a rest, and try hard to remember the forgotten password

Sometimes, human being is a little weird. You won’t get the thing that you urgently need. So have a coffee, take a snap or even come back after a few days, you may found that you suddenly ‘remember’ your Windows password.

Method 2: Try No Password Administrator Login Backdoor

In Windows XP (not Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or later, as in these new Windows OS, Administrator account is not enabled by default), there is built-in Administrator user account, that has administrative credentials, enabled by default, and without any password to protect the account from been accessed. If you didn’t change this Administrator’s password, then try to sign in to Windows XP without password.

Method 3: Reset password from another user account with administrator credentials

If you cannot log on to Windows by using a particular user account, but you can log on to another account that has administrative credentials, follow these steps on how to do the trick:

  1. Log on to Windows by using an administrator account that has a password that you remember. For Windows XP, you may need to start in Safe Mode (initiate by pressing F8 during bootup).
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. In the Open box, type control userpasswords2, and then click OK.
  4. Click the user account that you forgot the password for, and then click Reset Password.
  5. Type a new password in both the New password and the Confirm new password boxes, and then click OK.

Method 4: LOGON.SCR password reset trick

LOGON.SCR changing administrator or domain admin password hack works on Windows NT 4.0 and some versions of Windows 2000. The simple trick uses Cmd.exe (Command Prompt) as screen saver that triggered by system when idle, allowing users to access to command prompt as screensaver to change password.

Method 5: Do-It-Yourself (DIY) third party recovery tool

There are a lot of tools and utilities that can be downloaded and used to recover, reset, retrieve or reveal existing password. These password reset or retrieval utilities, free or paid, are usually a Linux boot disk or CD that able to comes with NT file system (NTFS) drivers and software that will read the registry and rewrite the password hashes, or can brute force crack the password for any user account including the Administrators. The advantage is that there is no fear of leaking your password to outsiders, while the process requires physical access to the console and a floppy, DVD or CD drive, or USB port with USB flash drive, depending on which tool you choose. And it’s not easy, although it always work!

Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor (also known as Offline NT Password & Registry Editor) – Available as bootdisk or bootable CD or USB Drive image which contains things needed to reset the passwords on most systems, Offline Windows Password and Registry Editor works to change or reset password of any users on 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) Windows NT 3.51, Windows NT 4, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Vindows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 or possibly later. It can also detect and offer to unlock locked or disabled user accounts.

Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor does not support EFS encrypted files. If password is reset on users that have EFS encrypted files, and the system is XP or newer, all encrypted files for that user will be UNREADABLE and cannot be recovered unless you remember the old password again.

Download Links: (~18MB) – Bootable CD image and can be used to make bootable USB drive (download link removed as marked as malware). (~18MB) – Files for USB install. (~1.1MB) – Bootdisk image for floppy disk (~310K) – Disk drivers (mostly PATA/SATA). – Disk drivers (mostly SCSI).

chntpw – Essentially the same Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor as above, but compiled as package for various Linux distributions such as ALT Linux, Arch Linux, CentOS / RHEL, Debian, Fedora, Mageia, OpenMandriva, ROSA, Slackware and Ubuntu.

chntpw is useful if you already have a Linux live CD on hand, such as Ubuntu Live CD, where you can boot up to a Linux desktop or terminal, then edit or reset the password for user account with “chntpw -i sam” where sam is the sam file copied from %WinDir%/System32/config folder.

chntpw is included in many Linux distributions, or available for repository. Alternatively, search for it here.

Hiren’s BootCD – Hiren’s BootCD is a boot disk utility that packs various utilities in to a package, including the Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor. If you have Hiren’s Boot CD, you can boot up with it, and enter “Offline NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 Password Changer” to start resetting the password.

Download Link:

Hiren’s BootCD 15.2:

Trinity Rescue Kit – Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues. Similar to Hiren’s Boot CD, Trinity Rescue Kit’s password resetting tool, winpass, is actually just an automated script for the chntpw (Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor) tool, which allows you to reset the passwords of any local account in Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.

To start resetting password of Windows account in Trinity Rescue Kit, choose “Windows password resetting” option after booting up with Trinity Rescue Kit via CD/DVD, USB flash drive or over network via PXE.

Download Links:

Trinity Rescue Kit 3.4 Build 372 (iso format): trinity-rescue-kit.3.4-build-372.iso
Trinity Rescue Kit 3.4 Build 372 (executable self-burning): trinity-rescue-kit.3.4-build-372.exe

Password Renew – Password Renew is a utility to set or reset the passwords of any user which has a valid local account, create a new local user with administrator rights, set administrator rights to existing user on your NT system, or reset local administrator password on the PC that is in domain, using NULL Administrator password feature.

In order to use Password Renew, you must create and boot with WinPE/BartPE bootable live windows CD/DVD, which can be created by downloading the PE Builder.

Download Link:

Password Renew 1.1 Beta:

John the Ripper password cracker – John the Ripper is a fast open-source password cracker based on dictionary attack with a wordlist currently available for many flavors of Unix (11 are officially supported, not counting different architectures), Windows, DOS, BeOS, and OpenVMS. Its primary purpose is to detect weak Unix passwords. Besides several crypt(3) password hash types most commonly found on various Unix flavors, supported out of the box are Kerberos AFS and Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 LM hashes, plus several more with contributed patches.

Download link:

John the Ripper 1.7.9 for Windows
John the Ripper 1.8.0 (sources, tar.xz)
John the Ripper 1.8.x extra charset files archive (sources, tar.xz)
John the Ripper 1.7.9-jumbo-5 for Windows
John the Ripper 1.8.0-jumbo-1 (sources, tar.xz)
John the Ripper 1.7.9-jumbo-7 (sources, tar.bz2)

EBCD – Emergency Boot CD – EBCD is a bootable CD, intended for system recovery in the case of software or hardware faults. It is able to create backup copies of normally working system and restore system to saved state. It contains the best system software ever created, properly compiled and configured for the maximum efficient use. Features are such as copy files from unbootable volume, recover master boot record of HDD, recover deleted file, recover data from accidentally formatted disk and floppy disk. EBCD also includes function to change password of any user, including administrator of Windows OS without the need to know the old password.

In short, the self-contained Emergency Boot CD bootable OS on live CD has the following features:

  • File Manager: Backup and restore files without Windows (has full support for Unicode and NTFS)
  • Windows Password Wizard: Restore access to your PC when you forgot the password for Windows user account
  • Registry Tools: Registry Editor (edit Registry even if Windows is not bootable) and Registry
  • Defragmenter (reorganize Registry in such way that logically adjacent data is located physically nearby, so Registry works faster).
  • Mount & Boot Center: Fix various boot problems and reassign drive letters outside of Windows.
  • Partition Manager: Create, format, delete and wipe partitions; backup partitions to image files, restore them back, and copy partition-to-partition.
Demo version of EBCD can only read from fixed disks, it can’t write to them. Although it can write to USB thumbdrives and other removable media.

Download link:

Emergency Boot CD 1.4g:

EBCD (Old Versions): EBCD Lite 0.6.1 (free) | EBCD Pro 0.6.1

Ophcrack – Windows password cracker using time-memory trade-off on LM and NTLM hashes based on rainbow tables and supports Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP, 2003 and NT. This tool allows you to retrieve existing password.

RainbowCrack – Crack Windows password using time-memory trade-off cryptanalysis based on rainbow tables. Unless you already has dumped the hash for your Windows password (by using PWDUMP utility), else this utility is for hacker as it provides no way to retrieve the password hashes when you unable to access to your computer.

L0phtCrack – L0phtCrack (also known as LC5 when it’s version 5 or now LC6 for version 6) is a password auditing and recovery application by using dictionary, brute-force, and hybrid attacks. Originally produced by Mudge from L0pht Heavy Industries, and was produced by @stake after the L0pht merged with @stake in 2000. Support and sales has been discontinued by Symantec from end of 2006, after it acquired @stake in 2004. However, in January 2009, L0phtCrack was acquired by the original authors Zatko, Wysopal, and Rioux from Symantec, with L0phtCrack 6 announced on 11 March 2009 at the SOURCE Boston Conference. L0phtCrack supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 or later.

So you probably need a crack that lists below. If you unable to sign on to your computer, you probably can’t use this.

Features of L0phtCrack:

  • Runs On Windows XP and higher. Operates on networks with Windows NT, 2000, XP, Server 2003 R1/R2, Server 2008 R1/R2, on 32- and 64-bit environments, as well as most BSD and Linux variants with an SSH daemon.
  • Provides a password scoring metric to quickly assess password quality.
  • Supports pre-computed password hashes dictionary for speedy password audits.
  • Imports and cracks Unix password files.
  • Has a built-in ability to import passwords from remote Windows, including 64-bit versions of Vista, Windows 7, and Unix machines, without requiring a third-party utility.
  • Scheduled routine audit scans.
  • Offers remediation assistance to system administrators on how to take action against Windows accounts that have poor passwords. Accounts can be disabled, or the passwords can be set to expire from within the L0phtCrack 6 interface.
  • Improved and updated Vista/Windows 7 style UI.
  • Real-time reporting that is displayed in a separate, tabbed interface. Auditing results are displayed based on auditing method, risk severity, and password character sets.
  • Displays password risk status in four different categories: Empty, High Risk, Medium Risk, and Low Risk.
  • Displays the completion of all four methods L0phtCrack 6 uses: Dictionary, Hybrid, Precomputed, and Brute Force.
  • Reports the completion of the various character sets being audited, including, Alpha, Alphanumeric, Alphanumeric/Symbol, Alphanumeric/Symbol/International.
  • Reports the overall length distribution of the discovered password by account.
  • Password statistics as Locked, Disabled, Expired, or if the password is older than 180 days.
  • Audit summary for number of accounts cracked and the number of domains audited.
  • Supports foreign character sets for Brute Force, as well as foreign dictionary files. Pull down menus change for language and character set. L0phtCrack 6 ships with several foreign dictionaries.

Download link:

L0phtCrack 6 (15 days trial): lc6setup_v6.0.20.exe

Cain & Abel – Cain & Abel is a password recovery tool for Microsoft Operating Systems. It allows easy recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks, recording VoIP conversations, decoding scrambled passwords, recovering wireless network keys, revealing password boxes, uncovering cached passwords and analyzing routing protocols. The program does not exploit any software vulnerabilities or bugs that could not be fixed with little effort. It covers some security aspects/weakness present in protocol’s standards, authentication methods and caching mechanisms; its main purpose is the simplified recovery of passwords and credentials from various sources, however it also ships some “non standard” utilities for Microsoft Windows users.

This tool needs to be installed, so you must have another working computer to recover your password remotely. Thus it’s likely to be useful for system administrator only. Supports Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and possibly all later Windows OS.

Download links:

Cain & Abel v4.9.56 for Windows NT/2000/XP: ca_setup.exe (download link removed as marked as malware)
Cain & Abel v2.0 for Windows 9x: cain20.exe (download link removed as marked as malware)

Hash Suite – Hash Suite is a Windows program to test security of password hashes. It’s primarily a tool for system administrators, security personnels and security consultants to audit large sets of password hashes to identify weak passwords but password recovery is a possible secondary use.

Hash Suite is able to import local and remote accounts with administrator privileges without reliance on any additional tools. However, the free version of Hash Suite does not support import of remote accounts, but you can also use one of the many pwdump tools to obtain the password hashes. This requires either administrator privileges or reboot from a CD that will access the hard drive directly (bypassing the installed copy of Windows).

Download links:

Hash Suite (free version):

PCLoginNow – Bootable live CD with tool to reset local administrator and other user accounts passwords or change security settings on Windows system.

Method 6: Third party password recovery service

Login Recovery – Login Recovery is a service to reveal user names and recover passwords for Windows NT, 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista. Free service is available by waiting up to 48 hours and only one free request every three months. For privacy matter people, there may be some uncomfortability as service provider actually ‘know’ your password before sending it back to you.

Method 7: Bypass Windows log on password with DreamPackPL

DreamPackPL allows users to skip or bypass Windows login security in Windows XP or Windows 2000, and log on to a password protected Windows user account without a valid password or the need to change the existing password.

Warning: If you change or reset password by using any method above, all EFS encrypted files in Windows Vista or Windows XP will be unreadable and no longer recoverable unless you remember the old password that used to encrypt the files. So if you have any encrypted files, it’s best that you try to crack the password first in order to retrieve and get back the existing password first, before you attempt to reset the password to a new one.

By | 2016-12-09T08:39:58+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Windows|Tags: , |102 Comments

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  • Simon

    If I cant get past the XP password prompt to make a bootable disc how do I gain access to the system.

  • Donovan

    Simon: Use another computer

  • Melly

    someone changed all my passwords & now i cant sign on to my computer. i hqave windows Vista what should i do/

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  • macome…

    M A C O M E C A Z Z O P A R L I?????????

  • lol


  • Hemendra Hada

    Dear Sir,

    I Want to know how to recover my all data after formated Hard Disk Drive, if u have any tool or any link for tool plz tell me. Because i have lost my Very Very Importent data in my Hard Disk.


    Plz, Plz, Plz, Plz……………… Tell me. how to recover my all data after format Hard Disk.


    Hemendra Hada

  • omar

    if you forget your password in XP
    1-go to safemode by press F8 when you start up your computer.
    2-chose Administrator and if Administrator not that prees ctrl-alt-delete and put Administrator.
    3- go to User Accounts and chose your User then change your passwords

  • omar

    for recover data there are alot of program for that

  • no puedo abrir mi usuario xq tiene contraseña y no la recuerdo. q hago? envienme la solucion a POR FAVOOOOOOOOOOOR !!

  • chris

    just got a new laptop.

    i put in my password and confirmed and when i went to type it in again it says incorrect, now this computer dose not come with any recov cds and i have not been able to loggon to make a recov password cd.

    anyone anyfixes?

  • Forgot Your Windows Password?
    A lot of people think that after having lost their Windows admin password, they absolutely have to reinstall their OS. Let me tell you something: They are wrong!

    Windows Password Recovery Software. Reset Administrator Password. XP
    VISTA 2003 2000 NT.:

  • UK_Andy

    The link is not available anymore is there an update to it
    Download Links: (~3MB) – Bootable CD image and can be used to make bootable USB drive.

  • admin

    Links updated.

  • art789

    that website link to download CAIN AND ABEL has a virus, something called a VIRUS PACKER, but luckily my handy dandy KASPERSKY internet security blocked that shit before i went in. im glad i got that shit. but fuc you for putting up a link that gives us viruses!! if anyone else got into that site and you didnt get an alarm from your antivirus product you might wanna check on that ladies and gentlemen. peace!!

  • Sal

    It is possible to break Vista Enterprise Admin password.

    Download Trinity Rescue Kit 3.3 ISO.

    Use IMG to burn the ISO to CD or DVD:

    Set the computer bios to boot to CD or DVD drive.

    Trinity loads by itself…

    Once you get the prompt then type: winpass

    Choose your option. I my case I chose option 1.

    Remove CD/DVD from the drive.

    Type reboot to reboot the system.

    In my case, admin was disabled. Trinity enabled admin and set the password to blank.

    I could then get in to any other account on the machine to reset all passwords to blank.

    Very amazing way for me to reset passwords on my own test computer.

  • Rakeshb03

    You can also recover windows administrator password if you have windows xp cd handy with you

  • Forgot Your Windows Password?
    A lot of people think that after having lost their Windows admin password, they absolutely have to reinstall their OS. Let me tell you something: They are wrong! Here I'm posting a few methods / utilities which can be used to recover Windows password:

    The first thing which you check if you forget login password. When we install Windows, it automatically creates an account "Administrator" and sets its password to blank. So if you have forget your user account password then try this:

    Start system and when you see Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press ++ keys twice and it'll show Classic Login box. Now type "Administrator" (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank. Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows.

    Now you can reset your account password from "Control Panel -> User Accounts".

    Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen.

  • IslandGalPal

    Recover your Vista password in less than 5 seconds – no software to download or steps to follow. Last week I was so tired I can’t remember where or why I changed my password, but do remember it was not at the common place. This last year I’ve had Windows Vista Home Premium. One thing I noticed about Vista is the security is “tighter.” And that you can’t use the Safe Mode like XP. Before leaving the office I download a disk and printed steps from two sites. Some suggestions/solutions said it might make your encrypted files unreadable and other ways to long for someone who wants it now ;*) my third attempt I thought of “old school” if I can just get into the Bios setting. Restarting again I started tapping the F2 key, once in the settings I changed the Supervisor and User Password, saved, and exited. When the log on screen appeared, I entered my (old/new) password and hello desktop. I just thought I should share this.

  • Sikanth

    Thank you very much. It really helped me.

    – Srikanth

  • Thanx. Gr8 tip.

  • bb

    被爸爸在windows上了password, 我想知道佢既password, 但系又唔想比佢發現我知道左, 有咩辦法?

  • warnnie

    big thanks to you, i dont have to format my notebook…very useful information…More2 credits to you….; )

  • Tom Creasey

    Excellent this has helped me enormously.

  • Swarnendu

    Forgot your Win Vista password. Don't worry.
    Download Active@ Password Changer

    Install this. Run the application and make a Bootable USB drive. It's very easy as this software have wizard based interface for that. Just follow the manual.

    Now go to the setup screen of the affected computer and set the 1st boot device to USB. Stick the USB drive to the computer and restart the machine. Once your machine boots through USB follow the instructions on the screen. You will get the details in the user manual of Active@ Password Changer.

    Just follow it and nJoy 🙂

  • Thank a lot for the valuable knowledge. Finally, i got my vista admin account back.
    Thanks once again.

  • Thanks… Finally i will be able to reset my vista password. Thanks to you….

  • Dian Jonker

    The best way to reset and change your administrator and/or other user accounts passwords', youneed the windows cd,

    1: insert cd
    2:start pc
    3:press F12 when it says for booting options
    4:select the cd
    5:reinstall windows
    6:when it says Installing Devices, press shift+F10,
    7:type control userpasswords2
    8:click on the user account you want to change
    9:click reset password
    10:type in new password
    11:type exit
    12:continue with installation

  • Saj


    i have forgoton the password. the moment i switch on my computer it ask me for the password and i dont rember. can you pls help me

    my operationg system is window vista


  • jc

    My account has a lot of complications.
    1. It does not have admin privillages. (duh)
    2. It cannot run any other programmes, other than the ones the admin installed.
    3. The cmd has been disabled by the admin
    4. The regedit has been blocked.
    5. The log in is different. You have to type in your account name and password, so safe mode wont work.

    Anyone can help me solve this problem? Thanks

  • jc

    Forgot to add, the windows cd is also blocked so even if i put the cd in and restart the computer, the will start up as normal.

  • i forget my password and dont have CD rom how can i unlock my notebook windows xp and aspire one atom please reply i didnt registered after purchasing the system

  • Helen

    control userpasswords2

    I love "techies"/"hackers"! <3

    Windows Vista sucks!!! Please stop trying to save me from myself!

    Thanks again!

  • Ghana

    My computer is lock and it displayed the screen not the start menu I can move the pointer on the screen, no icons are displays It display lock and persons name. it is a vista operation system.
    Thank you

  • birchyboy

    Which version of Windows are you using? Are you using Windows at all – maybe Linux?
    If it's Windows, have you tried "Safe Mode"? Keep your finger on the F8 key as the computer is booting (before the logo appears). This will bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu". Select Safe Mode. Sounds a bit like the display mode or driver. Change right-click an empty area of the screen and choose Resolution. Pick 800 x 600 (you can change it later, if it works) and OK and reboot.

  • I would like to introduce Windows Password Unlocker 4.0 . it not only supports XP, 2000, and NT, I have personally tested it

    with Vista Home Premium and Ultimate. It works perfectly to reset any local user account to a blank password. I Wrote it to an

    old 128mb USB flash drive do this. Booting up and clearing a password takes a minute or two works like a charm. You can

    download it from

  • mariela

    this was so help fulll!!!

  • Michael

    If you forget the administrator’s password but still can log on Windows with other user names that have administrative privileges, you may follow the instructions below:

    Right click the computer icon on your desktop, select Manage, find Local Users and Groups, unfold Users folder, right click Administrator, click Set password… in the menu comes up. Click Proceed in the dialog, in the pop-up, enter a New Password and confirm it. Your administrator’s password is successfully reset.

    Guest account may help to log onto Windows, but it has no privilege for you to do the above to reset the administrator’s password.

    If you forgot all user passwords and failed to log onto Windows, there is no other way but to format the OS and reinstall Windows, or resort to sort of software tools to remove the password and log onto Windows. These programs cost some bucks, but are worthy and better than to reinstall the OS causing consequences. The most popular programs are Windows Password Reset 6.0 etc. Generally, these programs are easy to use though turn out to be a scary command prompt to newbie. But do relax and you can fully manipulate. Let’s take Windows Password Reset 6.0 for example. You prepare a blank CD, burn the program onto the CD, boot the locked computer from the CD, come to initiate the program, locate the user name, and proceed to remove its password – all are at ease.

  • Toly

    Personally, I prefer to use windows password unlocker. It is safe and easy to use

  • sun

    Using the Third part utility—Windows Password Unlocker is highly recommended
    1.Download Windows Password Unlocker from Password Unlocker Official site
    2.Decompress the Windows password unlocker and note that there is an .ISO image file. Burn the image file onto an blank CD with the burner freely supported by Password Unlocker.
    3.Insert the newly created CD into the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.
    4.After launched the CD, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts); select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, you have removed the password.

  • Hi i have forgot my windows vista home premium administrator password and i cant log in on any Method on my computer needs u r help please… :)and if you know please leave comennts

  • How to brack the administrator password brack, and reset the password, and how to recover the administrator password.

  • kevin

    I have downloaded windows password key 8.0. It is a very quick and useful utility for resetting passwords. It not only supports XP, 2000, and NT, I have personally tested it with Vista Home Premium and Ultimate. It works perfectly to reset any local user account to a blank password.
    Just an easy to use bootable CD/DVD . It can also be used on a USB Flash Drive.

  • misheos

    You may also use a boot cd of
    Winternals ERD Commander 200x ISO file
    which is a great software
    I tryed it twice and it worked
    google this software and find instructions
    very easy and handfull

  • Cena

    from where I can get softwares or some kind of metrial to hack Windows XP… I want to learn how these things works.. any advice plz

  • omar

    i can't unlock my computer!!!

  • jhon

    after i write administrator in the user name what should i write in the password??

  • Susan can go into safe mode (F8 at logo when booting up) and enter as administrator and then go to accounts and change windows password and that's with XP. I haven't forgotten password for a pc before but can enter any XP pc in safe if the owner hasn't gone into safe mode and designated a password for "administrator" and usually only have a password for the user account but never have tried on Vista or Win7.

    2.if that does not work,you can use software to reset the windows password,my favorite is windows password Recovery Tool 3.0

  • Purshotham Madadi

    Forgot Administrator password (Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, SONY laptop, model: VGN-CR36G-R)

    It was the only admin account on my laptop and I had no other way other than resetting my SONY laptop to original factory settings, below are the steps:

    Take a backup of your files (using an account where you have a password)

    1) Boot/switch on the laptop
    2) Press F8 function key to enter the "Advanced Boot Options" menu
    3) Select "Repair your computer"

    System Recovery Options Menu
    4) Select a keyboard layout
    5) Click "Next"
    6) To assess recovery options, log on as a local user. Select a user from the drop-down menu and type in password.
    7) Click "Ok"

    Choose a recovery tool
    8) Select "Restore C: Drive"

    this option will restore C: Drive to its original factory conditions including default applications which come installed with the laptop.

    The whole process takes about 2 hours.

  • Mike S

    burn an ophcrack cd which uses rainbow tools to crack the passwords very quickly.

  • DFsin

    As a system administrator,I've tried a couple of these utilities through the years and my favorite is the windows password key 8.0.This utility is used to reset password of any windows versions.

  • Jesuswu

    Try this!
    for XP:
    1 >> Log into safe mode
    2 >> Log in as the computer Administrator, "Administrator" for the username
    3 >> Leave the password blank
    4 >> Control panel and change the password for your account

    If you don't want to change the password:

    1 > Get a program called Ophcrack
    2 >> Download the liveCD (ISO)
    3 >> Burn the ISO to a CD using an ISO burner
    4 >> The Live CD's come with the free rainbow tables, so you might need to download other tables (cost money)
    4 >> Bootup from the CD
    5 >> Crack the SAM and System file

  • Peter

    Thanks for your tips!

    I have locked out of my computer for a while,and have tried everything i could do but failed.Until I found this great tool – "Windows Password Reset Kit" as recommend .It works great.

  • Jesuswu

    Make sure that you do the following on your computer or another computer with the owners permission only.
    If you don't want to change the password:

    1 > Get a program called Ophcrack(very large. 496Mb)
    2 >> Download the liveCD (ISO)
    3 >> Burn the ISO to a CD using an ISO burner
    4 >> The Live CD's come with the free rainbow tables, so you might need to download other tables (cost money)
    4 >> Bootup from the CD
    5 >> Crack the SAM and System file

    If you want to remove Windows password(the fastest way):
    freeware:Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

  • Dan

    Just had the same problem, my kid had changed the only admin profile password, i was about to re-install windows but she thought she could remember it. After 30 tries of differing permutations and about to give up, a window popped up saying password had expired, the old password box was already filled and all i had to do was input new password and confirm. How mad is that!! hope it works for you guys.

  • Dan

    sorry ,forgot to say lost admin password was windows vista

  • rizwanh

    I have tried all these methods but no use

  • spokan

    Perfect! this solved our issue at work! I can't wait to browse more =D

  • None of these worked for me. It's such a pity.

  • Lynet

    I would use Windows Password Key,It has solved 100000 users of that problem in one year.

  • vivi

    Forgot Windows password? it is your better choice to use windows password recovery 6.0, an efficient and highly appreciated software on Windows password reset. GO TO its official site for more info

  • Bayarna

    Really helpful!! I used Method 3.

  • Rylai

    I ever used Windows Password Breaker to reset password for my Windows 7, it also works well.

  • passwordreset

    My case is forgotten Dell Windows password. Fortunately, I used the Ainorsoft Windows Password Recovery tool to get me out of problem!

    It helped me DIY my own password reset disk!
    For me, a green hand on PC also can recover my admin password with it in minutes! It does not require any technique and professional knowledge!
    So easy!

  • moo

    evry good thank you

  • vivilin

    As long you as you get Windows Password Unlocker, you can easily make a CD/DVD or USB to reset your lost Windows password without knowing it.

  • Carlos

    I downloaded ophcrack and I tried first in my laptop (asus – Win 7) wich I know the password just to test the program and …it worked !! , then I tried it in the locked laptop (Also with WIN 7 o/s) but it a HP and it did not worked…any help ??

  • I happen to know about other free tools about windows password recovery. I have tried a free windows password recovery tool, it has graphic wizard GUI interface, named Lazesoft Recover My Password Home Edition. It is easy to use.

  • gaurav

    great, surprised to see your trick.

    many many thanks

  • Paula

    Thanks!!! It worked!! 🙂

  • Locous

    Great! Pity to read the thread late!

  • kbs

    Thank you. Method 3 worked for me.

  • Shdniki

    Just download Windows Password Key

    and burn it on a disk and then boot your computer from this cd, it will clear the password of your

    account without knowing the current password.

  • Lucy_Sib

    I have changed my administrators password and do not know how to change it? It has said that it has expired, but the thing is I cannot download any links as I need the password and also that is the only administrator account I have! What can I do? Please help? x

  • carmen

    can someone give me the steps in resetting my admin password , by using Windows Password Key Please !

  • john

    Somebody said if all else fails unplug the CPU open the case and pull the mother board battery for 15 seconds. will this work ?

    • Hello


      Removing of the battery will not remove the password.

      How ever, resetting the jumper next to the BIOS chip or the bios batter will reset the BIOS password.

      To reset the admin password you use the tools recomended in the website!!

  • Emma

    Hi, You have listed so many useful ways to reset the lost Windows password. I also know a way that is to make use of the password reset disk. Windows Login Recovery can be used to create a bootable password disk with a CD/DVD or USB flash drive. Simple and Efficient.

  • Anti-Hacker



    Before you try these last resorts, try password recovery software(google) or apparently changing BIOS settings.

    Pass recovery may seem unsafe, since sites can access your pass before sending it to you, but i am currently looking for a trusted site so hold on before you reset and admin kicks your behind!!

  • balaji

    thanks for your neat notes… very good article with spending more time….

  • Bluse

    Five days ago, I just got such windows password recovery tool, Windows Password Seeker, to reset windows password, and it can be burned onto a CD/DVD as recovery disk. I believe it is the best windows password recovery tool ,and is your best choice.

  • raj

    i forgot both my admin password and account password. there is no guest or other account.
    my computer does not support boot from usb. my cd rom is faulty.
    is there any miraculus way to get out of it and access system or remove password.?
    please help. my computer and data are on the line

    • beatrand

      but don’t worry much, what you need is to get your computer toolbox, screw out the screws and with care go to the board (motherboard)
      look for the c mos battery(small battery mounted on the motherboard ) and plug it out
      put it and assemble the computer again.
      iam sure it will reset every password.

  • Emma

    1. Download and install Windows Login Recovery
    2. Burn a Windows password recovery CD/DVD.
    3. Set CD/DVD as the first boot device in BIOS.
    4. Windows password reset with the CD/DVD/USB flash Drive
    Note: This solution can also be used when Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 password is forgotten and unknown.

  • Sabir

    I creat the Password for my Laptop but, I forgot the password what should I do som that I can open my Loptap please?
    Iam looking forward for your Assistant in this matter.

    Sabir Isaac Khamis

  • password resetter

    I just use Password Resetter, you put it on a USB stick and it makes it bootable.

    • ladisslav

      reset pasword thanks

  • Windows Password Reset 9.0

    If you forgot Windows password, you can download a software and create a Windows password reset bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive to reset your lost or forgotten Windows password, I have created a bootable CD with the tool Windows Password Reset 9.0 and reset my administrator password successfully.

    • mbilal

      my windows login password has been forgot .


    Hi ,
    i just got my new hp and in my hurry to get online i didn’t really get a chance to process my password ( i’m pretty sure i know what it is but i think i messed up the spelling) I only made one account, so im assuming that one (the one i am locked out of) is the admin. the safe mode thing doesn’t work and i am completely locked out. I have Windows7 and i have no problem losing everything since its only 10 minutes old. So please could you direct me to some reboot cd thing.
    I am not computer savvy so any advice would be greatly appreciated
    Thank you

  • Kierra

    Thank you so much! I can’t believe it was this easy, I have forgotten my password for months now. Such a life saver 🙂

    • Christine Lowry

      I am only replying to your thread on this site because I wanted to see which one worked for you. I recently acquired a second hand computer with Windows Vista. The computer did belong to a friends brother and when mine went out, my friend sent it to me. There are some basic things it needs and I cannot do any of them because neither one of them can remember what the administrator password was.

  • windows password recovery

    Here I collect some tools people used to.

    1. If you have an [Ubuntu live CD][2],you can reset it using chntpw application

    2. You can use [Bart’s PE + Password Renew][3] to reset the password

    3. You can use [Offline NT Password Editor][4] to reset the password.

    4. You can use [Windows Password Rescuer][5] tool to reset/remove the password

  • Shantae

    I forgot my administrator password for Windows Vista, does anyone have any suggestions, I just want to recover my music, pics and documents but i have a functioning Windows 7 working on my computer.

  • Andy

    Hi, I was looking for a solution for my problem, which was recovering/resetting my forgotten Administrator password on Windows 7. I tried every website and every possible solution (without having to use any external software or disc). I just could’nt even log on as my account was the onlt Admin Account. The way I fixed was so simple and accidental! After a certain amount of uses, the password expires and asks you to renew it. So, after around 50 or so attempts at what I thought was my password, it suddenly told me that my password had expired and to set a new one. My forgotten password was there in aterix form so still didn’t know what it was! I set a new one, confirmed it and away I went. So pleased!

  • lukman

    Mohon d beri petunjuk untuk lupa pasaword

  • sunday

    Pls notifying me .

  • suhaimi mohd

    i once also forgot my windows password and i recover it using the software recommend in this site without losing any of my data

  • When I forgot my HP Windows 8 admin login password, Windows Password Recovery Tool Ultimate from get my forgotten password unlock efficiently!

  • Finorsoft

    It is really tricky to forgot Windows password login! I did experience such situation. As I remembered, I tried many ways and many programs including Ophcrack. Finally, it was Windows Password Recovery Tool Ultimate from helped me remove admin password and login pc again!

  • bruce wayne

    thank u i saw a lot of websites but i didnt see a genuine download link of ebcd thanx for sharing

  • Eric

    Great informative cracking toolset. I would like to use PCUnlocker to bypass Windows forgotten password.