4 Different Ways to Reset Forgotten Password on Windows 7

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Many people set a login password on our laptops for that added security so that intruders cannot access your laptop without your permission. However, it is also common that you may forget your Windows 7 login password and lose all the access to your laptop. It is also common because you may have created and changed so many passwords frequently that you may have got confused and would have entered the wrong password many times. This article speaks about how you can reset forgotten password Windows 7 in four different and varied ways.

Solution 1: Have Administrator Change Your Windows 7 Password

If you are a domain user and have forgotten the password, the system administrator account can be used to access your account by resetting the password. You will just have to login using the system administrator account details and then the password of the domain user can be easily changed. Use the below step-by-step guide to know how to reset forgotten password on Windows 7 device.

Step 1: Login into the administrator account and access the Control Panel.

Step 2: Navigate to "User Account" and then click on "Manage Another Account".

change password

Step 3: Once this is done, click on "Change the Password" and fill up all the required details with new password and again click on "Change the password" option.

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Restart your system after this and login using the newly created password to access your device.

Solution 2: Reset Forgotten Password on Windows 7 By CMD

Resetting the Windows 7 password through command prompt or CMD is a very time consuming process but an effective one. Follow the steps below to know how to reset forgotten password on Windows 7 professional laptop with the help of command prompt.

Step 1: Insert Windows 7 installation or repair optical disk or a flash drive to your Windows 7 laptop and reboot the system.

Step 2: Once restarted, you can see the flash drive or disc options, from here click on "Next".

Step 3: Once this is done, click on "Repair your Computer" link to proceed to the next step.

Step 4: After a few minutes, your laptop's software installation will get detected.

Step 5: Check the location drive of the installation software once it is found.

Step 6: From the drop down menu, /powse through the options and then click on Windows 7 and then on "Next".

Step 7: From the "System Recovery Options", click on command prompt.

Step 8: Enter the commands which are given below and don't forget to press "Enter" key after every command.

copy d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\

copy d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

Step 9: During the execution of the commands you may be asked about overwriting, answer as "Yes" to confirm.

Step 10: The previously inserted flash drive or disc to your devcice has to be removed and the system has to be rebooted.

Step 11: On the login screen, click on the small pie structure at the bottom left corner of the screen.

Step 12: The command prompt once again opens and you can create your new username and password.

net user myusername mypassword

Step 13: Close the window of command prompt and reboot your laptop and login using the newly created password.

password reset with cmd

The password of your laptop will be reset to the newly created password.

Solution 3: Reset Windows 7 Password if Forgotten With Password Reset Disk

This method is only compatible with Windows 7 devices and can be used only if you have previously created password reset disk. To know how to reset Windows 7 password if forgotten with the help of password reset disk, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Once you enter the wrong password on the login screen of your laptop, the "Reset Password" becomes available, click on this.

reset password link

Step 2: Insert the previously created password reset disk to your laptop and after this the Password Reset Wizard will open.

password reset wizard

Step 3: Enter the new password after selecting the password key disk

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Once the system is restarted, you can use the newly created password to unlock your laptop.

Solution 4: All Failed? Reset Windows 7 Password Using PassFab 4WinKey

If in case you want to reset the password of your laptop without the use of a disk or any other additional things, you can try using PassFab 4WinKey which is a highly recommended software which is readily available online. It has been specifically designed for this purpose. You can know how to reset password in Windows 7 when forgotten with the help of this software by following the steps below.

Step 1: Download PassFab 4WinKey software and launch it.

Step 2: Select boot medium.

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Step 3: If you are using CD, hit "Burn" to get a bootable disk.

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Step 4: Insert this bootable disk on a Windows 7 device.

Step 5: Restart the device and tap "F12" or "ESC" to open Boot Menu.

boot menu

Step 6: Find the disk and click to enter the device.

boot from disk usb

Step 7: From the main interface of this software navigate to "Select Windows" option.

Step 8: Next, select your laptops operating system and click on "Next".

select windows 7

Step 9: From the list of all the user accounts being displayed, click your user account and then click on "Next".

select user account

Step 10: The password for your Windows 7 laptop will now be removed. After this, click on "Reboot" option to login and access your files on your laptop.

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Step 11: Click on "Restart Now" option from prompt window.

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Once your laptop is rebooted, you can start using your laptop in the usual normal way.


Even though all the methods mentioned above to reset password of your laptop/desktop is quite effective, you should always prefer to use PassFab 4WinKey. It is a highly recommended software which efficiently performs the password reset operation. Go for it!


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