Okay, so you forgot your Windows Admin password to log in to Windows. everything’s not lost. You can still log in windows – even if there is no other administrative account on the PC.

From a security point, it’s really scary news. But there are valid reasons to use the trick below, and none of them will let a criminal log in without your knowledge (password changed, do not appear) or access to encrypted data. (You encrypt your sensitive files, don’t you?)

I have given instructions for Windows 7 and 10 here. Windows 8 users should not have any problems after the Windows 10 instructions.

You will need a Windows 7 system repair disc. You can use someone made on someone else’s Windows 7 PC – providing that one of the 64-bit PCs and the other is not 32-bit.

To change the password, boot from the System Repair disc. When prompted, press any key. After all, you will be on the system recovery options screen. Note the operating system location; It could be C:, or D:, or whatever. Click Next.

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On the next page, click on the command prompt.

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Once there, type each of these lines, press Enter after each. Change the X: to the first row with the operating system location mentioned above.

  • X:
  • Cd windows \ system32
  • ren utilman.exe utilhold.exe
  • Copy cmd.exe utilman.exe
  • Exit

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Remove the disk and reboot. On the log-on screen, click on the ease of access icon in the lower left corner to bring up a command prompt.

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Within that command prompt, type net user username newpassword change the username to the user name with its current user name (it is clearly visible on the screen), and replace the new password – I will leave it to you.

Finally, close the command prompt and log in with your new password.

Windows 10

Your Windows 10 user account is almost certainly linked to your online Microsoft.com account. This makes a forgotten password easy-and reasonably more secure.

On any other computer, go to Microsoft’s sign in page. Once there, enter your email address and click Can not access your account. Then follow the steps. You have to prove that you actually are you based on the answers and phone numbers that you provided. After all, you will be asked to create a new password. If you took the pain to create a local account, then that technique will not work. In that case, use the above Windows 7 instructions with these exceptions:

  • Boot up from the Windows 10 Recovery Drive and use it to go to the command line.
  • Between connecting power and internet icon, the ease of access icons is in the lower-right corner.

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