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How to Retrieve Windows 7 Password

By | Sep 11, 2012

Lost Windows 7 administrator password? How to retrieve Windows 7 password? There are a couple of ways to retrieve Windows 7 password, but most of them involve a difficult, arduous process. The method I’ll be mentioning here is pretty simple to pull off and uses a live boot CD specially built for retrieving Windows 7 password. Let’s go through the steps of retrieving Windows 7 password.

How to Retrieve Windows 7 Password?

After forgetting your Windows 7 password, the computer will become inaccessible and you can’t install any software to get around the forgotten password. The only way is to create a Windows password reset disk and then use it to boot your computer, so you then have the ability of retrieving your Windows password. Let’s begin.

Step 1: Create a Windows Password Reset CD

  1. To prepare for the password-resetting procedure, you need another computer to connect to the Internet, download the Reset Windows Password utility.
  2. Unzip the download file which contains an ISO image file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso.
  3. Next, burn the ISO image to a CD/DVD with any CD burning software such as BurnCDCC. A Windows password reset disk will be ready in one or two minutes.

Step 2: Boot Your Locked PC from the Password Reset CD

  1. Now that you’ve prepared the Windows password reset CD, go to the computer for which you have forgotten the password.
  2. Insert the Windows password reset CD and turn on the computer.
  3. 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.
  4. Change its BIOS settings to make it try to boot from the CD first.

Step 3: Retrieve Windows  Password

  1. Once you have configured the BIOS correctly, your computer will boot from the Windows password reset CD.
  2. After a while, the boot CD will launch the Reset Windows Password program.
  3. Choose the SAM registry hive from the list, the program will display a list of Windows user accounts on the computer.
  4. Select the user account whose password you forgot, then click Reset Password button.
  5. It will reset your forgotten Windows password in no time.

Now take out the password reset CD and reboot your computer. You can then log on to your computer without be asking for a password. The whole procedure of retrieving Windows 7 password usually takes no more than five minutes.

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