There is no way to get into the system when forgot Windows password, you can't even perform basic maintenance. You need to reset Windows password next. But do you knows some ways to reset it for free? Perhaps, many users have to reinstall system, but we consider that a last way. There are a few ways to recover the forgotten Windows password.
When we install Windows, it automatically creates an account "Administrator" and sets its password to blank. So if you forget user account password then try this method to recover it: Launch system and when you see Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press ctrl+alt+del 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. If you sure that you had completely no idea what your password is, then keep trying these methods.
Method 1: Take it easy
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:Reset Windows password with password recovery disk
Windows XP and further versions also provide another method to recover forgotten password by using Windows password recovery disk. If you created a password reset disk in past, you can use the disk to recover forgotten Windows password.
Method 3: Reset Windows password from another Admin account
If you cannot log on to Windows by using a particular user account, but you can log on to another account that has Admin 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. You may need to start Windows XP in safe mode.
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: Try command prompt to reset Windows password
1. Log in with any valid account.
2. Bring up the command prompt.
Type: net user
You get a list of accounts
Type: net user Administrator
Type: net user (any account on that list)
3. It prompts for a password. Enter one, then enter it again when prompted to confirm.
Now, try to log on as ‘Admin’ with your new password.
Method 5: Using Windows password 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 Windows password recovery 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 or CD drive, depending on which tool you choose to recover forgotten password.
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