Ways to Reset Administrator Password

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

Nowadays, everyone stores all the data be it documents, images, videos or any other important files in their laptops or desktops. These computers usually have a lot of data stored in it. But, have you ever thought what if you forget the admin password to log on to your device? Yes!! in such case, there has to be some way to log in to your device without entering the password. For that, let us first know what is an administrator account.

Administrator account is a user account with privileged access to the device. It enables one to change security settings, install software, access all files on the computer, make any system changes, etc. It enables to have a complete control over the operating system. The administrators can also make changes to the other user accounts. However, it might happen that you forget your admin password. So, we would now guide you on how to perform admin password reset.

Part 1: How to Reset Administrator Password with Reset Disk

To reset Administrator password with reset disk one shall first know the process of creating Windows password reset disk to unlock the PC in case you forget the password. Following are the steps:

Step 1: Insert a USB device to your Computer.

Step 2: On the left hand side bottom, click on Windows icon and search "reset" in search box and click on "Create a Password Reset Disk".

create reset password disk

Step 3: A "Forgotten Password Wizard" appears. In this click "Next".

forgotten password wizard

Step 4: A drop down menu of drives on your device would appear. Select the USB drive inserted by you.

Step 5: Once the process completes, click "Next" and then, "Finish".

password reset disk created

By now we have understood what is a password reset disk and how to create it. Now let us use this reset disk to reset the forgotten admin password. Following are the steps for using the password reset disk download and unlocking the user accounts:

Step 1: Insert the password reset disk (USB device) created above into your computer.

Step 2: At the welcome window, click on the link labelled, "Reset Password" below the password field after a failed log in attempt.

reset windows password

Step 3: Click "Next" when Password Reset Wizard appears.

password reset wizard

Step 4: Browse and select the drive where password reset disk is located.

Step 5: Type in your new password and password hint and click, "Next".

set new password

Step 6: If the process is successful, a confirmation window with a message "You've successfully reset the password for this user account." shall appear.

This is one of the simple methods to recover your forgotten password. The same disk can be used in future and need not be updated.

Part 2: How to Reset Password in Safe Mode via Administrator

Safe mode is the mode which allows you to troubleshoot the problems and gain access to a user account in case you have forgotten the password. In this mode, system related issues disturbing the normal operation of Windows can be resolved. Following are the steps to reset administrator password in safe mode:

Step 1: Boot or reboot your Windows computer. Press F8 to enter Advanced Boot Options before Windows loading screen appears.

advanced boot options windows

Step 2: In the next screen, choose "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and then press Enter.

Step 3: Once the Windows start, the Command Prompt would automatically be executed. Type "net user" in the Command Prompt and press enter. All Windows user account names will be listed.

user list command prompt

Step 4: Type "Username (space) NewPassword" and hit "Enter". The new password has been successfully reset when command is completed successfully.

Part 3: How to Reset Administrator Password by PassFab 4WinKey

PassFab 4WinKey is a great saviour for those who have forgotten their password for login into the administrator account. It is an easiest Window password recovery software. It is simple, safe and a very powerful tool to unlock your locked Windows laptop or desktop. Your data is absolutely safe when you reset your admin password with this tool. Following is the detailed guide for using this software:

Part 1: How to Make A Bootable Password Reset Disk (USB/CD/DVD)

Step 1: Download and install PassFab 4WinKey on Windows PC to which you can have access.

Step 2: Select a boot media(USB/DVD/CD) and click "Burn".

burn usb successfully

Here, you have successfully created a bootable device. Now, one shall proceed as per following guide to reset the password.

Part 2: One Shall Boot the PC Using the above Bootable Device

Step 1: Insert the bootable USB or CD/DVD to your locked Windows PC.

Step 2: Restart the computer and press "F12" or "ESC" to enter the Boot Menu Interface.

enter boot menu

Step 3: Here, you will find there is list of boot choices, including the USB/CD/DVD which you have inserted. Select the device you have inserted. Press "Enter" to select the boot device.

select usb boot device

Step 4: Once you enter the locked Windows from boot disk, a password recovery interface shall appear. Here, you get an option for admin password reset.

reset admin password option

Part 3: Reset Windows Password for Administrator Account

Here, one shall set up a new password when you have forgotten the Windows login password of your device.

Step 1: Choose the Windows operating system and select "Reset your password" option.

select reset password

Step 2: Select the Admin account from the list, the account name shall be displayed in "User Name" box. Also, a new default password is displayed. Now, you can use the default password or enter a new password in "New Password" box.

enter new password

Step 3: Click "Next" and new password is reset successfully. Click "Reboot" to restart your computer and log on to Windows with new password.

restart your pc

Conclusion:

So, to conclude now one has no worries if he forgets the password for logging on to Windows admin account. One can use windows password reset disk or the PassFab 4WinKey to break the password barriers if he has forgotten the login password.

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