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How to Recover Windows Admin & User Password without Reinstalling Operating System

Here you have created a Windows password reset disk (CD/DVD/USB). The next step is to set the locked PC to boot from the CD/DVD/USB and start recovering/resetting/removing Windows password.

Part 1: Set Locked Windows PC to Boot from CD/DVD/USB

With the boot disk, we can boot the Windows PC that you are locked out.

Step 1. Insert the bootable USB or CD/DVD to the password locked Windows PC/Laptop.

Step 2. Restart the computer and press “F12” or “ESC” on the keyboard to enter Boot Menu interface.

Note:

The key to enter Boot Menu might be different on different motherboards. Here I gather the common keys to enter Boot Menu on popular motherboards. For other manufacturers, common keys to enter Boot Menu are F12 or ESC.

Laptops:
F12: Lenovo, Acer, ThinkPad, Dell, Hasee, Toshiba, Samsung, IBM, Fujitsu, Haier, GIGABYTE, Gateway, Emachines

ESC: ASUS, Sony
F9: HP

Desktop
F12: Lenovo, Acer, HP, Hasee, Haier
ESC: Dell
F8: ASUS

Step 3. When you enter the Boot Menu successfully, you will find that there is a list of boot choices, including the USB or CD/DVD drive that you have inserted. You can identify and find out your inserted disk from the USB/DVD/CD name. Using the arrow keys to highlight it and press Enter to select boot device.

Note: For UEFI BIOS, please select “UEFI: [USB/CD/DVD Name]” as the boot option.

boot windows from usb
boot windows from usb uefi

boot windows from cd/dvd
boot windows from cd uefi

Step 4. Once you’ve entered the locked Windows from boot disk successfully, you’ll see the password recovery interface as below. Go ahead to reset or remove the Windows password.

windows password recovery

Part 2: Recover/Reset/Remove Windows Login Password

Once you’ve entered Windows password recovery screen, you can choose a Windows system that you need to reset or remove the password from. There are three different choices for password recovery or deletion. Read on and find how to reset or remove Windows password for Admin account, local accounts, domain password, and Microsoft password.

Option 1. Remove Windows Local or Domain Password
Option 2. Reset Windows Password for Local Account & Microsoft Account
Option 3. Remove an Admin Account
Option 4. Create a New Windows Admin & Local Account

 

Option 1. Remove Windows Local or Domain Password

This option will wipe out the Windows password, so you can log into your computer without password.

Step 1. Choose “Reset your password” and click “Next”.

reset windows local password

Step 2. All accounts under the selected Windows operating system are displayed. Please select the account that you want to remove password from and then tick “Remove the password”. Click Next button to proceed.

Note: You can't remove the password for Microsoft account.
remove windows password

Step 3. Once the password has been removed successfully, you should click Reboot to restart your computer. Now it won’t request you to type a login password to enter Windows.

Note: You should remove the boot disk from computer after you click Reboot.
remove windows password successfully

Option 2. Reset Windows Password for Local Account & Microsoft Account

This option provides a choice to set up a new password when you forgotten your Windows login password.

Step 1. Select your Windows operating system and select “Reset your password” option.

reset windows password

Step 2. Select a user account (Admin, Microsoft account, guest, etc.) from the list, you’ll find that the account name is displayed in User Name box. A new default password is also displayed. You can either use the default password, or enter a new password in “New Password” box.

change windows password

Step 3. Click Next and new password is reset successfully. Click Reboot to restart your computer. You can log into Windows system with the new password.

Note: You should remove the boot disk from computer after you click Reboot.
reset windows password successfully

Option 3. Remove an Admin Account

This option allows you to delete an unwanted account by one click. It is important to make sure no vital data stored under this account, as all data will be erased once the account is removed.

Step 1. Select a Windows operating system and click “Remove an admin account”. Click Next button to continue.

remove admin account

Step 2. Select a user account you want to remove and click Next.

remove windows admin account

Step 3. The selected Windows account has been removed successfully. Click Reboot to restart your PC and login Windows with other accounts.

Note: You should remove the boot disk from computer after you click Reboot.
remove account completed

Option 4. Create a New Windows Admin & Local Account

With this option, you can create a new account to log into the locked computer with new username and account.

Step 1. Select a Windows operating system and choose “Create a new account”. Click Next to continue.

create a new account

Step 2. Give the new account a user name and password and click Next to deploy.

create a new windows account

Step 3. You’ve created a new Windows account successfully. Click Reboot to restart your computer and login Windows system with the new user name and password.

Note: You should remove the boot disk from computer after you click Reboot.
create a new account successfully