How to reset windows 7 password

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If you’ve lost or forgotten your Windows password, there are ways to retrieve it on Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10, even if you’re not an administrator. Learn how khổng lồ recover your Windows password, then protect your passwords so you won’t thất bại them again. Plus, find out how to secure all your passwords against data breaches as well.

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“Login & password vì chưng not match.” Oh no! If your day starts with a message like this, you’re in for a bad time. Maybe you forgot your password. Perhaps you have recently changed your Windows password & can’t remember the new one. Or you pulled an old PC out of storage và cannot recall its login details. It happens lớn the best of us!


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How do I find my Windows password?

First of all, a strong password is highly recommended — quickly generate one here. If you’ve forgotten your computer password or can’t remember your Windows password, the bad news is that there aren’t any super-easy ways to retrieve it, unless you’re using a Microsoft account to log in. The following steps walk you through the process for (hopefully) successful password recovery, going from the easiest lớn the hardest things lớn try.

If you use Windows 7, you may be out of luck, unless you previously created a password recovery disk — which we address later in this piece.

On the other hand, Windows 10 users are in a good spot. The new operating system practically forces you lớn sign up for a Microsoft trương mục during the installation process. If you’ve got either a Microsoft trương mục or a reset disk, it’s very easy to lớn recover a password, with a few options at your disposal.

How lớn reset your password on Windows 10

The Microsoft Windows password reset process via Microsoft login is straightforward:

The Microsoft computer password reset process requires an mạng internet connection, so make sure your PC is online

On the Windows 10 login screen, click on I forgot my password.

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On the next screen, type in your Microsoft account thư điện tử address và press Enter.

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Next, Microsoft aims khổng lồ verify that it’s really you. You can instruct Microsoft lớn send a code lớn you by thư điện tử or SMS.

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Once you receive that code, enter it into the Windows login screen. You’ll be taken through the process of entering a new (and more memorable!) password.

Windows 7: Use your Windows Password reset disk or USB drive

If you were cautious enough lớn create a USB recovery disk for your Windows 7 system, you should feel pleased with yourself. You’ve made Windows password recovery very easy for yourself.

On the login screen, click on Reset passwords.

Plug in your USB key (or floppy disk). Click Next.

Type in your new password và a password hint. Click on Next.

Done!

You can now log into your computer again using the password you created.

Windows 7: Recover your password (the hard way)

If you don’t have a disk or a Microsoft account to help you reset your password, you need lớn reset your password the hard way. Here’s how it works:

Turn on your computer. Wait until you see the Windows logo, then unplug the nguồn cord or hold down the power nguồn button khổng lồ force the PC lớn turn off. When you turn it on again, you should be greeted by this screen:

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Select Launch Startup Repair (recommended).

Startup Repair now attempts lớn fix your problems. It won’t succeed, but it needs lớn try:

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After a few minutes, the Windows 7 repair process fails. Windows 7 asks you if you want khổng lồ send information to Microsoft. Ignore that query. Instead, click on the Hide problem details button right below it.

Scroll down khổng lồ the very kết thúc of the text box. Click on the link X:WindowsSystem32en-USerofflps.txt.

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You are now in Notepad, which gives you access to your hard disk. YES! This is how the magic works: By opening Notepad & following the subsequent steps, you can work within your computer’s file system.

Next, click on File & then select Open. Now you need lớn access the C: drive, which probably is named Local Disk (C:) or Windows 7 (C:), for example.

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See the Files of type option at the bottom? Select All files here. Then navigate lớn Windows, System32, and scroll down the huge các mục of files until you find the sethc file.

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Right-click that file và select Rename. Rename the file to anything you want, such as sethcpassword.

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Next, look for a tệp tin called cmd. Scroll back up until you find it, still in System32 directory. Right-click on cmd & select Copy. Then, click in the empty space within the window và select paste, so you get a copy of that file.

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The result is that you over up with a file called cmd - copy. Now, here comes the hacky part: Rename that tệp tin to sethc — the exact same name of the tệp tin you renamed above!

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Close all windows. When you reach the following Windows 7 screen again, click on Finish.

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Restart your computer. This brings you back to the Windows 7 login screen. What you’ve done is replace the Sticky Keys accessibility option with the command line option. Lớn access that, press the SHIFT key on your keyboard five times.

You’ll hear a weird beeping noise & should see this:

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Type in the following command:Net user

Press Enter. This gives you a các mục of usernames that are available, including your own. Find the one you want to lớn log into; in our case it’s called “IEuser.”

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Next, type in the following command:

Net user YOURNAME *

So for our example, we type in

Net user IEuser *

The system asks you lớn confirm a new password. Press ENTER key twice to lớn use an empty password & confirm that:

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Done! Close this window. Then log in with an empty password by just clicking on the arrow button.

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Windows 10: Recover your password (the hard way)

There’s not much that’s as frustrating as trying khổng lồ log into a Windows computer when you don’t remember the password. If you use Windows 10, but you don’t have a recovery disk or a Microsoft account to help you reset your password, you need khổng lồ take the hard route. Here’s how:

Turn on your computer & wait until you see the Windows logo. Then, unplug the power nguồn cord or hold down the power nguồn button lớn force the hardware khổng lồ turn off. Turn it on again, & you should be greeted by this screen:

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Choose Advanced options. Click on Troubleshoot, Advanced options, & System Image Recovery. That brings you khổng lồ a screen that looks like this:

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Click Cancel to clear the dialog box, then click on Next.

On the next screen, select Advanced và then Install a driver. Confirm with OK.

This brings up an Explorer window, which allows you lớn perform the password reset magic.

On the left side of the screen, click This PC.

Open up the C: drive. Depending on how the computer is configured, it might be named Local Disk (C:) or Windows 10 (C:).

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Navigate khổng lồ Windows, System32, & scroll down the huge danh mục of files until you find the tệp tin utilman. Right-click on that file, select Rename, and rename it to whatever you like, such as Utilmanpassword. Remember that name!

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Scroll all the way up và find the cmd file. Make a copy of that tệp tin by right-clicking on it, selecting Copy, right-clicking on a miễn phí area in the file listing, and selecting paste. (In other words, you’re duplicating the cmd file.) Rename the original cmd file to utilman (yes, the same file name as the one you just renamed).

It should look lượt thích this now:

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In order to lớn see the changes, you might need lớn right-click on a free white area of this window & select Refresh.

That’s it for now. Close all windows & select Continue (Exit and continue lớn Windows 10). After a few seconds you’ll see the Windows 10 login screen.

What you just did is replace the Ease of Access button with the command line, which allows you to lớn reset your password.

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Click on that. You now see a command line prompt lượt thích this one:

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Type in the following command:

Net user

Press Enter. This shows a danh sách of usernames that are available, including your own. Find the one you want khổng lồ log into; in our case it’s called IEuser.

Next, type in the following command:

Net user YOURNAME *Or lớn use our example:

Net user IEuser *

Windows 10 asks you khổng lồ confirm a new password. Click on ENTER twice to lớn use an empty password.

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Done! Close this window and then log in with an empty password by hitting the arrow button.

Stop forgetting or losing your passwords

Don’t want the adrenaline rushing through your veins as Windows login tells you “Incorrect password” over & over? Wracking your brain lớn remember your Windows password?

Instead, spend a few minutes lớn prepare yourself for an eventual bout of password amnesia. Tip: “Write it down on a sticky cảnh báo and put that on your monitor” is horrible advice.

Here’s how to prevent yourself from forgetting or losing a Windows account password.

Create a Windows password reset disk or USB drive on Windows 7

If you opted out of a Windows 10 Microsoft account, or if you’re running Windows 7, you can create a password recovery disk. Here’s a way lớn create a disk:

Plug a USB key into your PC or laptop. You can also use a floppy disk if your PC is still surfing the retro waves.

Click on the Start button and type in reset.

Click on the Create a password reset disk item.

Choose Next on the first screen. Select your “disk” (which realistically is a USB drive).

Type in your current password and choose Next again. After a few seconds, your disk is created. Store it somewhere safe, away from cats who think that USB drives are great kitty toys.

Sign into a Microsoft tài khoản on Windows 10

Windows 10 begs you khổng lồ sign into a Microsoft account, và for good reason. Aside from enabling you to download apps from its store và synchronize settings from one PC khổng lồ another, a Microsoft account also offers you an easy way to lớn reset your password, as you saw above.

To set it up (or confirm you’ve got one), here’s what to do:

Click on the Start menu and then on the little cog icon to xuất hiện the Settings app.

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Click on Account. If you see an thư điện tử address below your user name và account photo, then you already have a Microsoft account và you’re done.

If it looks lượt thích this, then you’re signed into a local account. You should sign up for a Microsoft account, which would enable you lớn reset your password in case you forget or thua thảm it:

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To vì that, click on Sign in with a Microsoft account. You can register for an tài khoản by clicking on Create one! It’s a straightforward registration process that asks you khổng lồ either create a new Microsoft (