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How to Reset Forgotten Windows 10 / 8 / 7 Computer Password

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How can I get into my computer after losing Windows password? You may start to freak out if you ever forgot the password to log into your Windows computer, but it’s really not that big a deal. Despite Microsoft doesn’t make it easy to reset your password, but you have some options. In this tutorial, we’ll show you 2 easy way to reset forgotten Windows 10 / 8 / 7 computer password.

Method 1: Reset Forgotten Windows Password with Other Account

If you share your computer with someone else, you might be able to reset your password through their account. After logging into another administrator account, follow these steps to reset your forgotten password:

Step 1: Press the WIN + R keys together to open the Run dialog box. Type lusrmgr.msc and click OK. This will open the Local Users and Groups window.

Step 2: Expand the Users folder on the left side. Right-click on your user account in the middle pane, then select Set Password from the pop-up menu.

Step 3: Click Proceed in the warning dialog. Enter the desired new password twice and click OK. Log out or restart your computer. You can then log into your own account with new password!

Method 2: Reset Forgotten Windows Password with Bootable Media

Forgot your Administrator password and unable to use your PC? Most people probably have just one user account set up on their Windows PC. If you forgot the password, you have to use a bootable media to recover your account.

PCUnlocker is a bootable rescue CD that can reset forgotten passwords for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP, and help you get back into a locked, disabled or expired Windows account. The bootable CD is my choice and I always keep one around in case of emergency.

Step 1: When you are locked out of your own computer, you have to use another PC to make a PCUnlocker boot media. Click here to download PCUnlocker ZIP archive and save it to your desktop. Unzip it and burn the resulting ISO file to CD (or USB drive) using ISO2Disc or your favorite CD burning program.

Step 2:  Place your newly created PCUnlocker boot CD in the CD drive, and set your locked PC to boot from CD. To accomplish this, you may have to change the boot sequence in BIOS/UEFI setup and set your PC to boot to CD prior to the hard drive.

Step 3: Once PCUnlocker loads, it will list all system accounts on your machine. Choose an user and click on the Reset Password button.

Step 4: You’ll get a message “Successfully reset your Windows password!”  Remove the CD and restart your computer normally. At the login screen, click your user account icon and you should go directly to the desktop without a password prompt.

Conclusion

Forgetting your Windows password isn’t the disaster it used to be. Using the above methods you can reset forgotten Windows 10 / 8 / 7 password in minutes, without having to reinstall Windows and lose all of your data! Any questions, post a comment!