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Reset Forgotten Windows 10 Password without Third Party Software

By | May 30, 2016

Have you ever forgot your Windows admin password? Did know how to reset forgotten Windows 10 Password without knowing the old password? If you have such kind of question in your mind, don’t worry. Because in this article, I’m going to show you that how to reset forgotten Windows 10 password with installation CD.

This method will work on all versions of Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Vista. Let’s get start on how to reset Windows 10 Password without using third party software.

How to Reset Forgotten Windows 10 Password with Installation CD?

Boot your computer from Windows 10 installation CD (If you don’t have the CD, you can use a working PC to download Windows ISO file from Microsoft’s website and burn the CD). When the Windows Setup screen opens, press SHIFT + F10 key combinations to launch the Command Prompt.

Now you need to replace the sethc.exe file with cmd.exe. Just run the following commands at the Command Prompt one by one, replace d:\ with the actual drive letter of your Windows 10 installation.


copy d:\windows\system32\sethc.exe d:\
copy /y d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\sethc.exe

When it’s done. exit Windows Setup and remove the installation CD. Reboot your computer.

When your computer reboots to Windows 10 login screen, press the SHIFT key 5 times in a row. The Command Prompt will open in administrative mode. Execute the following command and you can reset your forgotten user password quickly. Replace username with the name of your Windows account, and newpassword with your new password.

net user username newpassword

Close the Command Prompt and you’ll back at Windows login screen. You can now login with your new password.

This method is also known as sticky keys trick and it’s really useful for you to regain admin access to your computer when you’re locked out of Windows 10.

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