Best 3 Ways to Unlock Acer Laptop on Windows 10/8/7

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No matter which Acer laptop you have, it may happen that you have forgotten your password. Everybody does it at one point of time or the other. Did you change your password and can't remember what it is was? The first thing that would have come to your mind is resetting factory settings but that will cause you to lose all the data. Consider it as your last resort because we know three methods that will help you to unlock your Acer laptop. They work the same for all three latest versions of Windows, which are Windows 10, 8, and 7.

How to Unlock Acer Laptop Using the Three Methods?

We will take a look at three different ways how you can unlock Acer laptop. Some of the methods are simpler than the other ones, so do note which one's going to be the easiest

1. Using Recovery Drive

Step 1. Insert the Recovery Drive for your Windows version into your Acer laptop. Go to Troubleshoot menu > Advanced options.

select advanced options

Step 2. A window will pop-up on your screen. Select Command Prompt option.

Step 3. The Command Prompt window will appear on your screen. Type diskpart and hit Enter. Then, type list vol and hit Enter. Now, you have to find your Windows installation partition. It is usually saved in C: drive.

Step 4. To exit DiskPart utility, enter the following command lines one after the other.

  • C
  • cd windows
  • cd system 32
  • ren Utilman.exe to Utilman.exe bak
  • copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe

Step 5. Hit Enter and restart the computer. It changes the Ease of Action icon function to shortcut for Command Prompt. Open the window by clicking on the icon.

create command prompt shortcut

Step 6. Type net user command. It will display all the user accounts on your Acer laptop.

Step 7. Enter the username and new password (the one that you want to keep) as a command line. For example, if the username is Claire and the password you want to keep is xyz123, the command line will be Net user claire xyz123 . Then hit "Enter".

Step 8. Type exit command and hit Enter. Go back to the lock screen and click the username you want to log-in and type the new password.

2. Unlock in Safe Mode

Step 1. Press SHIFT + F8 together to open the boot menu.

Step 2. Click the Safe Mode option. Hit Enter.

select safe mode

Step 3. Select Administrator and hit OK without entering the password.

Step 4. Open Control Panel > User Accounts > Reset Password of your account.

3. Using PassFab 4WinKey

If you find the two ways mentioned above difficult, you can use PassFab 4WinKey. It is a third-party software that works perfectly on your Acer laptop and all Windows version. It is a Windows password recovery tool that will help you reset the password in just seven non-technical steps. It is user-friendly and has an easy-to-navigate interface.

Here's how you can use PassFab 4WinKey to unlock your Acer laptop:

Step 1. Download and install PassFab 4WinKey on an available computer or laptop. Insert a CD/DVD or a USB drive to create a bootable drive to insert into your locked Acers laptop.

insert a removable  drive

Step 2. Hit Burn. Clear all data from the removable drive since it is lost during the burning process.

hit burn

Step 3. After the burning process is complete, eject the removable disk and insert into your laptop.

Step 4. In Select Windows section, choose your Acer laptop's operating system and hit Next.

select windows version

Step 5. In Manage accounts section, select your user account. Enter a new password. Hit Next.

select administrator account

Step 6. In Process section, the password recovery process begins automatically. A window will pop-up on your screen once it is complete. Click on Restart Now.

restart Acer laptop

Step 7: After the computer restarts, select your username, enter the password, and you have access to your laptop. Make sure to write down the new password somewhere safe. In case you forget it again, you can always check it. The best place is to hide it in your kitchen. It is far away from your work area, so no one will know where you are hiding it. At the same time, it is near to you in case you happen to forget it.


In this article, we talked about three ways to unlock your Acer laptop. Two are free but technical. They require you to use Command Prompt and might not always work. The last method is using PassFab 4WinKey, which is a user-friendly paid method that takes less than 20 minutes to recover your Acer laptop's user account password.


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