Reset Forgotten Windows Passwords

There may be times when you may have forgotten your Windows passwords and are unable to login to your PC, this can cause huge frustrations, if you do not have any other users on the PC, or do not have access to the administration account.


The most dire consequences of forgetting your password could be reformatting and reinstalling your OS, however there is a way in which you can recover lost Windows passwords for your computer.

We came across a Technet article, that details the steps to reset the password for your Windows PC, resetting the passwords for your Windows is not a straightforward task, you will have to perform several steps to recover your Windows passwords, but that is way much better than having to reformat your operating system.

Reset forgotten Windows Account Passwords [Technet]

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  • Thank you for this article. It was not so long ago when I was requested to retrieve someone’s lost Windows password with no other account on the system. I found some article on the internet on the end, but the one posted here is much clearer. Thanks. :)

  • Very useful but I have a question…
    This program can be used to crack admin account passwords?


  • Michael Armstrong

    here is the methods I know.

    The first thing which you check if you forget login password. When we install Windows, it automatically creates an account “Administrator” and sets its password to blank. So if you have forget Your user account password then try this:
    Start system and when you See Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press ctrl+alt+del keys Twice and it’ll show Classic Login box. Now type “Administrator” (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank. Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows.
    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.

    Windows XP and further versions also provide another method to recover forgotten Password by using “Reset Disk”. If you created a Password Reset Disk in Past, you can use that disk to reset the password.