I forgot my windows 7 password – how do I reset it?
This is a question asked by quite a lot of people on a regular basis. The official way is to reset your password using the windows 7 password reset disk.
However, If you ask: “I forgot my windows 7 password, how do I reset it?” ..I’m pretty sure that you haven’t heard of the password reset disk before and unfortunately you are too late to make one now.
In order to successfully reset your Windows 7 password, you basically have the following two options:
This tends to happen to a lot of people at unwanted times, you’ve forgotten your Windows 7 password and aren’t able to log in anymore. So, now what? Reinstall and lose all your data? I don’t think that’s an option for you or anyone else and is actually not necessary at all. It’s perfectly possible to reset your password using the correct software. However, there is a lot of different software which all promise to easily reset the Windows 7 password. While the software is available, they are definitely not all as effective as prompted. Some only work with certain versions of Windows, others can’t reset the administrator password and a lot won’t get you the desired result because they are hard to work with or simply don’t work at all. It can be quite time consuming to search the interwebs for any free solution to reset Windows passwords. Probably that’s exactly what you are doing now, wasting time to find the software to solve your problem but I’ve got got good news for you. Just continue reading.
As mentioned above, there are two ways to reset your Windows 7 password:
The hard way
This method consists out of searching for some programs on the internet to help you reset the password. Your best bet is to download several of them and keep trying them to see if they work and don’t contain any unwanted software like viruses and malware. The only way to find out if they work is to burn them to a CD and try to reset the Windows password with them. Most often this software requires you to boot from the optical drive so be sure that your PC or laptop has this option enabled. The easiest way to find out is to insert the CD and and see if the computer boots from the CD. If not, you have to edit settings in the BIOS of your computer. Refer to your computer’s manual how to access the BIOS. Mostly this is done by holding a key or a combination of keys during start up. Once in the BIOS search for Boot options or something similar and adjust the setting accordingly, save and reboot.
Be very careful!
The BIOS is nothing to mess with and you might end up damaging your system beyond repair. If you are not comfortable with with the sounds of this, then don’t even try and ask the help of someone who is more qualified.
If you are able to boot from the CD, you’ll enter the software and depending on the program, you will be given options to reset your password. Fingers crossed and go for it. The developers of the software should have supplied you with a decent tutorial on how to work with the software.
The easy way