Monday, February 22, 2010

How to Recover Lost Windows Administrator Password?

A Windows administrator password, also termed as admin password, is the password that is used to log on to any Windows account that has administrative access. This password prevents against unauthorized access to your crucial information stored on the computer and is required at each attempt of booting the computer. Windows stores this password in its registry-based file called SAM (Security Accounts Manager). It is a database that is located at %SystemRoot%\System32\Config folder. The administrator needs to remember this password to be able to access the data stored, therein. In case, the administrator forgets or loses this password, the problem can turn into a nightmare of data loss as you lose access to the data and are compelled to look for some Windows Password Recovery solutions.

A Windows accounts administrator may lose or forget the password. Consider an instance when you store critical data on your hard drive and as a safety net, you set an administrator password. You do not use the computer for a considerable time. But, later, when you try to log on to the same computer, you realize that you cannot remember the administrative password. Consequently, all data that is stored becomes inaccessible.


Following are some tips that can help you regain data access in such cases:

  • Try to recall the possible password. Attempt to log in with most often used passwords

  • It is possible that you may not have assigned any kind of password. So try to leave the password blank and press 'Enter'

  • Check if any other user has an account on your Windows computer, with administrative level access. If so, you can let that user designate you as an administrator

  • Perform a clean Windows reinstall. But this is least recommended method as has potentials of critical data loss

  • Use a third-party Windows Password Recovery Software

Windows Password Recovery solutions prove as viable options in case of lost or forgotten Windows passwords. These applications allow you to either recover or set a blank password without setting any data loss risks.

Author: Pavan sharma

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