Introduction: Resetting Forgotten Windows 7 Password

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Have you forgotten the password to your Windows 7 machine and don't have a Windows Recovery Disk?

In this instructable I'll teach you how to reset the password to your account in roughly 20 minutes.

It is intended for educational purposes only. I will not be held responsible for any misuse of this instructable. This instructable may or may not work on certain computers due to the start-up repair mode being locked by some administrators.

Step 1: Equipment Needed

Laptop/Desktop running Windows 7




Step 2: Entering Windows Error Recovery

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Tap F8 when the Windows Splash screen begins to load. Upon entering the Advanced Boot Options, you may or may not see the "Launch Startup Repair" option, if possible click on it, if not, press control-alt-delete, and repeat the previous steps.

Step 3: Start-Up Repair

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Wait until the Start-up Repair has finished checking your computer for problems, then click on the problem details, and scroll down and click the link: X:\windows\system32\en-US/erofllps.txt.

Step 4: Accessing File System Part 1

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Click on file, open, then click on the computer image. After doing this, click on your main hard disk drive, it varies for different computers, in my case I click on drive "C:". If you click on the wrong drive, click on the computer icon again and try the next drive.

Step 5: File System (Continued)

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Click on Windows, then change the types of files to 'All Files', after doing this click on 'system32'.

Step 6: Copying and Renaming Files

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Make a copy of the 'cmd' (Command Prompt) and rename the copy 'sethc' (this will modify the system's accessibility options) and rename the other existing 'sethc' file 'sethc1'. This step essentially reassigns the accessibility of the command prompt. Now exit the window and when prompted to continue the system restore or cancel, click cancel.

Step 7: Resetting Password

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Start your computer up normally. When prompted to enter your password at the login screen, tap shift key about five times, this will cause the command prompt to appear. Type in net user (your username) and your new password.


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Jakklly made it! (author)2017-01-01

In fact, there are many free or paid software that can help reset windows password, but I personally not recommend using free tool because it may damage your system and cause your system won't boot normally.

As for me, I also forgot my win 7 login password and I used iSeePassword windows password recovery pro to reset my password, it's very easy to use and fast. I highly recommend:

see how it works:

liviazero (author)2016-11-29

Thanks for the sharing,but it is little difficult for me to understand maybe I am not easy with this kind of issues.I usually use password tool Windows Password Recovery Software

to deal with them, it works very well and easy to operate, free download now

Slattery36 (author)2016-11-26

There is a utility called chntpw (Offline NT Password Registry Editor) that can be used to wipe an
existing password and reset a new one. (Assuming you are the owner of
the laptop). Basically you install it on a flash drive and use it by
booting your PC/Laptop from that flash drive.

iSpaol8 (author)2016-10-26

If you forgot Windows local administrator password, this password recovery tool can help you recover it in a fast and effective manner , supporting for all major Windows systems. This following tutorial explains how to use Windows Password Recovery Professional to remove/recover your Windows local user password.

User guide:

gordie3131 (author)2015-12-04

If you forget the login password for your Windows, I recommend you to try iSeePassword Windows Password recovery tool, with it, you can create a reset disk with your USB and then you can easily unlock your password.

I personally used this method and it worked perfectly!

peterfan (author)2015-08-23

use renee passnow to reset the windows password:

larrytom (author)2015-05-16

You can also use PCUnlocker to remove lost windows password.

SamuelD1 (author)2014-10-31

It says access denied

SamuelD1 (author)2014-10-11

It says: Command Completed but when i type in the password it dont work!

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