When you forgot Windows administrator password and be locked out of your computer, you are prone to reinstall operating system. This is a well-known way to get around Windows password, though there are lots of things to do: backup important documents, locate license key to reinstall the software you previously used, set up MS Outlook to check emails, etc.
Actually, there are many simple methods for you to reset lost Windows password without any damage to your computer data. Here we’ll show you two easy ways you can use to reset Windows password by yourself.
Method 1: Reset Lost Windows Password in Safe Mode
In Windows XP and later operating system, there is a hidden account called Administrator which does not show up on the login screen but it is always available for use if required. If you didn’t change this Administrator’s password, the password is empty by default. You can boot up in Safe Mode (by pressing F8 when your computer starts) and log on with the built-in Administrator account. After getting into Windows, you can reset any other account password easily!
Method 2: Reset Lost Windows Password with Password Reset Disk
- Download the self-extracting Zip file of Reset Windows Password package.
- Uncompress the package, there is a ISO image: ResetWindowsPwd.iso. Burn it onto a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
- Boot your locked computer from the newly burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
- Wait until the boot process is finished. When a window pops up with all your Windows accounts, select the target one to reset its forgotten password.