Free Ways to Reset Windows 7 Password

Almost every computer user prevents its computer from unauthorized use by setting complex passwords. But the most frustrating situation is that when you yourself can't remember your password. Imagine you came home from office and promised your boss to send email as you get home but when you boot your PC, you can't log into it. In this situation two solutions comes to your mind: either reinstall windows but wait it can result in data loss or leave your computer and get your friend's Computer to mail. But wait we have got another solution for you. You can also reset your password. If you think it will require some computer expert and a lot of money then you are wrong. We have developed a list of solutions that will result in free Windows 7 password reset. Now, go through the solutions and execute that which suits you best.

Solution 1. Reset Windows 7 Password with Password Reset Disk

This is the easiest way to recover your windows 7 password for free. By following the correct procedure you can reset your password in less than 5 minutes. So without wasting time let us jump towards the procedure. You will be needing your password reset disk that you created at the time of setting your computer. Go grab it and get started with solution.

Step 1. Boot your system and on login screen enter any password you remember and press Enter.

Step 2. "Incorrect password" message will be displayed. Don't worry just press OK.

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Step 3. Now under Password field "Reset Password" link will be displayed. Now is the time to insert your password reset disk. Once inserted click "Reset Password".

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Step 4. After that a Password Reset Wizard will start. Click "Next".

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Step 5. Now browse the dropdown menu and select your disk that contains password information and click Next.

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Step 6. Now wizard will scan you disk and extract password information. After that it will ask you for new password. Enter new password and press "Next".

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Congratulation you have successfully changed your password. Now you can login your Windows 7 with new password. Wait what you don't have any password reset disk? Don't worry you still can change your windows 7 password but not with this solution. Jump to next one.

Solution 2. Windows 7 Password Reset via Safe Mode

As a computer user you will be well aware of safe mode for windows. You can use safe mode to reset your Windows 7 password. If you don't know how to do that, don't worry we will guide you through this procedure. Just go step by step:

Step 1. Restart your system as computer starts boot start pressing f8 until you see "Advance Boot Options". Now select "Safe Mode" from it. Now let your system boot in safe mode.

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Step 2. After successful boot you will Windows 7 login screen. There you will see your User accounts along with Administrator Account. Select Administrator account and enter password if you have created before otherwise just press Enter.

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Step 3. Now go to "Start" and look for "Control Panel".

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Step 4. Now among different categories look for "User Accounts" and click on that.

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Step 5. After that you will be shown your accounts, select "Change Password" for account you want to change.

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Step 6. Now it will ask you for your new password. Enter that and click "Change Password".

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Now your password has been changed successfully. Go restart your PC and now let it boot in Normal Mode. Enter new password in password field and you will be logged in.

Solution 3. Reset Password Windows 7 by using Netplwiz

You might be aware of Netplwiz solution. If not, don't worry we will guide you thought the process. If you are logged into your Windows 7 and want to change Windows 7 password, then you this solution might help you. Netplwiz is used to disable password protection from your user account.

Step 1. From start menu execute "Run" or press Windows+R. Now type "netplwiz" inside the search box.

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Step 2. Now an Advanced User Accounts Control Panel applet will open in front of you. Under "Users" tab uncheck the only box that appears asking " Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer." Click Apply.

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Step 3. After that a new window will appear asking your password. Enter password and click "Next".

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Step 4. Now when you will restart your PC, Windows 7 will not ask you about the password instead it will login directly. This might not be safe when different people use your PC but if you work with your friends this might be the best option.

Solution 4. Windows 7 Reset Password via Freeware

You can also use freeware software to recover your Windows 7 password easily. One such freeware is Ophcrack. Ophcrack is one of the most popular free Windows 7 password unlocker. Fool-proof operation, automatic password recovery, and overall speed put Ophcrack outstanding. There is long procedure to use it.

Step 1. Download Ophcrack on another PC and burn it on CD or USB.

Step 2. Now plug your media in Locked PC and boot from it.

Step 3. It will automatically locate Windows user account and proceed with password crack. You just need to sit back and wait.

The only limitation for Ophcrack is that passwords greater than 14 characters can't be cracked. But if you want to do that also we have one bonus tip for you.

Ultimate Solution to Reset Windows 7 Password

If you need a software with not limitations we will recommend you to use PassFab 4WinKey. It is a third-party prgoram that saves your time and recovers your Windows password in no time. If you don't have time for following tricky steps then this might be the only solution for you. PassFab 4WinKey can easily recover any Windows account password in a few minutes. No need to reformat or reinstall system.

Step 1. Burn PassFab 4WinKey on any media (USB, DVD, CD) by opening it. Here we are using USB.

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Step 2. A prompt will be displayed after clicking Burn asking to format USB. Click "YES" and burning will start.

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Step 3. This Windows password recovery software will take some time to burn your drive but as burning completes it will prompt success message on your screen.

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Step 4. Now reboot your system from USB. After successful boot you will see a list of options including your USB/DVD/CD drive name. Locate and select your media.

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Step 5. Now select your operating system and click "Reset password".

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Step 6. After that you will see list of usernames. Go find yours and select and add new password in the box given below and press "Next".

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Step 7. After successful resetting click "Reboot" and sign in with your new password. Don't forget to remove media before rebooting.

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Here is a video tutorial about Windows 7 password reset:

Once in lifetime there will come time when you need reset free Windows 7 password - and when that time comes, you'll be glad you have all possible solutions and tools available. All the tools defined are easy to use. PassFab 4WinKey is a complete solution for your all problems. It supports all Windows versions. So you might need to use it.

/ Posted by Shirley Howard to Windows 7 / Follow @Shirley Howard

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