How to Reset / Recover / Change Forgotten Administrator Password in Windows?

Many times we face this problem when we or our friends forget Administrator account password in Windows and can't log into Windows. So here we are posting a few methods which can be used to change, reset or recover forgotten Windows password in Windows.

DISCLAIMER: Following information should be used only if its your system and you have forgotten account password. Don't use this information to access a system which is not yours without permission.

Method 1: Using Welcome or Login Screen

This method is the first thing which should always do whenever you forget your Windows login password. When we install Windows, it automatically creates a hidden user account "Administrator" and sets its password to blank. So if you forget your user account password then try this:

1. Start your computer and when you see Windows Welcome screen (Login screen), press <ctrl>+<alt>+<del> keys twice and it'll show Classic Login box.


2. Now type Administrator in Username box and leave Password box empty. Now press Enter and you should be able to log into Windows.

3. 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.

Method 2: Using Password Reset Disk

Windows XP and later Windows versions provide a built-in method to recover forgotten password by using "Password Reset Disk". If you created a Password Reset Disk in past, you can use that disk to reset the password.

If you don't know how to create a password reset disk, lets tell you in details. You can create the password reset disk using Control panel -> User Accounts applet.

First open Control Panel and click on User Accounts icon. It'll open User Accounts window. Now click on your user account and then click on "Prevent a forgotten password" link given in left-side pane. It'll open forgotten password wizard as shown in following screenshot:


Follow the instructions and you'll have a password reset disk in your hand.

Method 3: Using "Net User" DOS Command

You can also use a built-in DOS command "Net User" to change any desired user account password within seconds. You'll need access to Command Prompt window in this method:

1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator as mentioned here and run following command:

net user

2. It'll list all available user accounts in Windows.

3. Now run following command:

net user user_name new_password

Replace "user_name" with the desired user account name and replace "new_password" with your desired password.

For example:

net user "Vishal Gupta" 12345

Here "Vishal Gupta" is the user account name and 12345 is the new password.


4. That's it. It'll immediately change the user account password.

Thanks to our reader "rkk djb" for sharing this trick...

Method 4: Using Windows XP Setup Loophole

If the above mentioned tricks don't work for you, try following trick which is actually a loophole in Windows XP Setup and also a big security hole:

1. Boot using Windows XP Setup CD and follow the instruction like Accepting EULA, etc.

2. When it asks to repair your existing Windows installation, accept it and press "R" key to run the repair.

3. Setup will start repairing your Windows and will start copying files, etc.

4. After a few minutes setup will restart your system and when it restarts, don't press any key when it shows "Press any key to continue...". Otherwise Setup will start from the beginning. Don't press any key and setup will resume where it left.

5. Now it'll start doing other tasks and will show a small progressbar with a few details in left side.

6. Look carefully at the details and when it shows "Installing devices", press <Shift>+F10 keys together in your keyboard.

7. It'll open a Command Prompt window. Now type nusrmgr.cpl and press <Enter> key.


8. It'll open the same "User Accounts" window which you see in Control Panel.

9. Now you can remove or reset any account password without any problem.

Method 5: Using Bootable Rescue Disk

You can also use various bootable rescue CDs to reset your Windows password as mentioned in following link:

Download FREE Bootable Rescue CDs from Kaspersky, BitDefender, Avira, F-Secure and Others

Method 6: Perform a Clean Installation of Windows

If all fails, simply reinstall Windows and create new user account. To recover lost data, you can use Data recovery tools available on net but the chances will be less to get your data back.

That's all we can suggest. If you know about any other method or tool, feel free to share it in your comment...

Also check: How to Reset / Remove / Bypass a BIOS or CMOS Password?

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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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    downloaded and used password resett disk (any wrong command, kiss ur pc goodbye) to boot via usb (mini laptop), i was able to erase the password and then boot.

    this method worked for me and save my friends butt.
    Thanks though for the information.

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  • Sir,
    Ref:- Method 6: Perform a Clean Installation of Windows - " simply reinstall Windows and create new user account.To recover lost data, you can use Data recovery tools"

    Additional information:

    Two methods to save data
    1. Connect the Hard Disk Drive to another working computer and copy all data to that computer.
    2. Move required files to any partition other than C drive and reinstall windows without creating additional partitions or without modifying the existing size of C Drive at the time of fresh installation
    Sept 03,2014 01.00am

  • Me changed the user name and password of administrator under winxp3 dell desktop computer at my home then after rebooting with my new user name and password but on my desktop computer I can not see all document folder and files which was saved under the old account administrator name.
    So me in trouble to recover and restore my documents because I did no delete then before changing my new user name and password as administrator.
    So my boss how can I restore my data ?
    Also any software tool which can assist me free recovering of my data
    Also why when me changed the account name and password on my computer but data lost not seen in my new account after log in ?

  • VG

    ^^ Check Documents and Settings folder in C: drive. It should contain your previous user folder. If it shows some kind of permission error message, try to take ownership of the folder:

  • Wonderful! No 1. 'trick' has worked for me and saved me trouble for the solution I have been looking for ,for more than a year now.Thanks a lot for this 'medical prescription.' God bless you.

  • VG,pls how can I uninstall Netware in my system so that I can switch user accounts.

    It now tells me,"Client Services has disabled the welcome screen and fast user-switching.To restore these features you must unistall Client Services for Netware."

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

  • VG,it is still telling me the same thing.And because of that message at the front ,the options of switching user cannot be enabled because they are faint.

    Where is the Network Connection you suggestsd so I can uninstall Netware?

  • VG

    ^^ Double-click on the network icon present in system tray.

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  • most of the suggestions will not work for my particular problem. Everybody's forgotten their passwords. The security hole trick will be my salvation.

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  • Thanks. The steps are very clear. But my challenge is that the ctr+alt+del step refused to work for me and i dont want to install a new OS.

  • That was helpful, thanks a lot!

  • hello please how can i remove panda endpoint protection from my pc. i have lost my administrator username and password

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  • Hi VG! Please help me! I have a desktop pc, windows vista starter. i create a standard user account without password. I`ve been using it for a month. but last week when i log on to that account a message will appear saying that "The User Profile Service Failed the LogOn. User Account cannot be loaded."
    Thanks in advance...!

  • VG

    ^^ You should repair Windows using setup disc. It seems your user profile is corrupted.

  • vishal bhai...does these methodes work in windows 7 ?

  • Opened CMD and used net user for Administrator and it said access denied, why??

  • Thanks for tips.
    But M unable to reset windows XP Professional password.

  • When I try boot up a 2000 computer. It works. When it asks for the user name and password. I forgot it. How can I find it out in the booting process?

  • Where might I get a start up disc for my computer.

  • Thanks, a question: which method works for me who is interested in changing my Windows 7 Pssword on my PC? Thanks again, jamshid

  • command prompt says access deniened when i tried changing the administrator password

  • Thanks a lot for information.

  • netuser window closes as soon it open ? nor regedit ?
    pl help

  • Hi VG ,To Reset / Recover Forgotten Administrator Password in Windows?

    Method 1: Using Welcome or Login Screen.Whether this method will work in my LENOVO C340 Preloaded with Windows 8 (Original OS)

    Thank You

  • Does the method 2 works for windows 8?

  • Also with method number 3?

  • VG

    ^^ Yes.

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    I forgot my Windows Server 2008 R2 password. Does it work for Windows Server?


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  • I can't seem to change my password in the Command Prompt, I'm in a standard account, my username worked. using method 3, using windows 7 premium.

    I have forgotten the BIOS password for an HP ENVY 15 -U010DX. After several attempts, I receive the following message:
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    Can someone please help?

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  • Hello, somehow my Administrative password has been changed on my Acer w/Windows 7. It seems like the methods quoted about how to reset it above are for XP or to reset the User password as the instructions seem to suggest you have to go into the Admin account to change it.

    Can you help me reset my password. One other person had me go into my computer files and System 32 and copy the cmd file and rename it sethc1 and then change the password. I did all that and still not able to access Admin.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • When I did ctrl alt delete it didn't work ????

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