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Ever Forget Your Password? How to Enable Built-in Administrator on Windows 7

By | Mar 30, 2014

In Windows 7, the built-in administrator account is hidden by default. If you forgot your password, you are kind of stuck getting into the machine. In this post, I will explain how to offline enable the built-in administrator account in Windows 7, so you can log back on your computer with admin rights.

How to Offline Enable Built-in Administrator on Windows 7?

All you need is to make a Live CD using another computer that you have full access to, then boot your Windows 7 machine from the CD and it allows you to enable the built-in administrator account easily! Here are step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Create A PCUnlocker Live CD/USB Drive

  1. Click here to download and save the PCUnlocker self-extracting Zip file to a folder on your hard drive, then extract the ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso from it.
  2. Insert a blank CD or USB flash drive into your computer. Download and install the freeware ISO2Disc.
  3. Start the ISO2Disc program. Click the Browse button to locate your ISO image file, then click the Start Burn button to make a PCUnlocker Live CD or USB drive.Burn ISO Image to CD/DVD or USB flash drive

Step 2: Boot Your Locked PC from CD/USB Drive

  1. Connect the burned CD or USB drive to your locked computer. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab, then change the Boot Device Priority: Set 1st Boot Device to CDROM if you just created a bootable CD or DVD, or set 1st Boot Device to Removable Device if a bootable USB flash drive was created.

    BIOS Setting

  3. Press F10 to save your changes. Now your computer will restart and then boot from PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive. If you still can’t get your computer to boot from the CD/USB drive, please refer to this boot up troubleshooting guide.

Step 3: Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 7

  1. After the computer boots up from the CD or USB drive, it will start the PCUnlocker program which displays a list of local accounts that are stored in Windows SAM registry hive. Select the built-in administrator account and click on Reset Password button.

    Enable the Built-in Administrator Account to Log on Windows

  2. Click Yes to confirm your operation. The program will enable the built-in administrator account and also remove its password if it is protected with a password.
  3. Click Restart to reboot the computer and remove the CD or USB drive. You can then log into Windows built-in administrator account without a password.

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