Thursday, June 16, 2011

Reset Lost or Forgotten Windows 7 Admin Password by Command Prompt

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Computer users usually use admin password to protect confidential data and keep changing it at regular interval due to security reasons. User may forget their password due to regular password change by which the whole computer data become inaccessible for him. Windows 7 have few options by which you can reset your lost admin password, like password reset disk and through command prompt. Here I am going to explain how to reset windows 7 password with command prompt.
At the time of windows 7 installation it creates a build-in administrator which has no password and it is disable by default. You need to enable this admin account before you lose your password. If you enabled it then proceed as follow -
  1. Start your computer and press "F8" while the computer boots up. The Advanced Boot Options screen appears.
  2. Scroll down to "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" with the arrow keys on the keyboard and press "Enter." Your computer starts in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
  3. Select the Administrator account that appear in the screen, then enter command prompt.
  4. Suppose you lost account password of admin (sampatrik).
Type: net user sampatrik 123456 and enter, it will show you a message that” the command completed successfully.
  1. Restart your computer, and then you can log in as sampatrik with the password 123456. You can go to control Panel to change your account password if necessary.
Note: There is one problem with using command prompt to reset windows admin password is that you need an active user account which have administrative permissions. If you have this type of account then you can reset your password.
If you didn't enable build-in administrator account before losing your windows admin password. In that case you can't login into your computer, so can't use command prompt option to reset windows admin password. In this type of situation you need to use windows 7 password recovery software to regain access of your computer.
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