Do you need to know how to reset a login password for Windows 7? There are different ways to reset your login depending upon which password you forgot. Sometimes you can’t find the forgotten or lost password and will have to reinstall Windows. This article will show you how to reset your Windows 7 Password.
Reset Windows 7 Password Using an Administrative Account
Log in as an administrator. Click Start, type lusrmgr.msc in the search field, and press Enter. You may be prompted for your administrator password. Click on Local Users and Groups then click Users. Right-click the account that needs the password reset and click Set Password. Enter the new password and confirm.
Reset Windows 7 Password with Operating System CD
Put the Windows 7 Operating System CD into the CD/DVD drive on your computer and restart by clicking Start and Restart next to the lock. A message will appear on your screen that says, “Press any key to boot from CD.” Press any key on the keyboard when you see this message.
Setup will check your system and load the needed files. Press Enter to enter Windows setup, press F8 to accept the License Agreement and click Repair.
The repair process will begin. It will take a little time for all of your files to copy. When it is finished, your computer will reboot automatically. You may see a message “the computer will reboot in 10 to 15 seconds.” Don’t touch any keys just let the computer reboot on its own.
You will see “Installing Devices” in the bottom left corner of your screen. Press Shift+F10 when you see this and a command console opens. Type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter at the prompt. You will then see the User Accounts that are set up on your computer. Select the correct account and change or remove the password. If you want to log in without using a password, at all type control userpasswords2 and press Enter.
When you are finished exit out of all open windows and enter your Product ID at the prompt. Log into your computer with your new password.
Password Recovery Software
There are many windows password recovery programs online and some are completely free. The most popular ones are Offline NT Password & Registry Editor or Ophcrack.
Ophcrack Windows password is fast and it’s easy to use for most people. You download an ISO image from their site, burn it to a CD, and then boot your computer from that CD. When the program starts up it finds the Windows user accounts and then recovers the passwords. It does all of this automatically – you don’t have to do a thing.
With Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, it does things a little differently but is just as effective. It doesn’t recover the Windows password but erases it so you can log into your account without entering a password. You visit the site, download the ISO image, and burn it to a CD, boot it with that CD and it goes to work. What can be easier than that?
Some recommended shareware
If you want to reset your password easily and timely , some softwares with high capability price can help you. For example:
Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 – it is the most popular Windows password cracker . It is a very efficient implementation of windows any versions. It comes with a Graphical User Interface and runs on multiple platforms.
Password Recovery Bundle – This is a utility to reset the password of any user that has a valid (local) account on your windows system. You do not need to know the old password to set a new one. It works offline, that is, you have to shutdown your computer and boot off a floppydisk or CD. It’ll detect and offer to unlock locked or disabled out user accounts. It is also an almost fully functional registry editor.
Windows Password Key 8.0 – It is considered as the best tool to reset local administrator and user passwords on any Windows system. It creates a password recovery CD/DVD, USB Flash Drive for home, business and enterprise. And most of all, it’s the most popular and safe solution for removing your Windows password until now.
Any Windows Password Reset 7 – It is a professional Windows password recovery utility to reset administrator and user passwords on any Windows system. If you have forgotten your password, or are locked out, or you do not have access to the password of the system, Any Windows Password Reset 7 allows you to burn a CD/DVD, USB flash drive and floppy disk to reset your lost password, you can be back in your system in minutes with it.
Windows Password Recovery Corporation – It is a professional local and domain password reset tool for business enterprises to reset lost or forgotten password. Through burning a bootable CD/DVD or USB Flash Dirve, you can regain access to Windows system and domain swiftly and conveniently.
Create a Password Reset Disk
Having a password reset disk is very helpful when you have forgotten your Windows 7 Password. To create a password reset disk put a CD in your drive or a USB, click Start and type user in the search box and click User Accounts. Click on Create Password Reset Disk and click Next. Select where the password will be saved (the CD or USB) and click Next. Type the password and click Next. The Disk will be created. When it is finished click Next and then Finish.
If you weren’t able to reset your password with any of the above steps, the only other option you have is to format your computer and re-install Windows 7. If you do this make sure you have everything backed up because everything on your computer will be gone from programs you’ve download, music you have on your computer, pictures, audio, documents, etc.