How to Reset Your Windows Vista Password Efficiently

I am the administrator of my son's laptop and I have forgotten my password to get access to the computer. It is windows 7 vista.

Talking about Windows Vista password reset, there have one thing you should notice which is figure out which account you are using to log-on your password. If you are using Local/Guest account then you can reset Vista password without password reset disk. Otherwise, you have to use a password reset disk. Keep reading to know more.

Part 1. 2 Free Ways to Reset Windows Vista Passwords

A password reset disk is a precaution in case one forgets the password and is unable to access his account on the local computer. This reset disk can be used any number of times no matter how many times you have changed the password.

1. Reset Windows Vista Password in Safe Mode

When one installs Windows Vista on the PC, the default Administrator account is created, and once the local user accounts are created, the Admin account gets hidden and doesn't appear on the login screen. Also, if the password is unchanged, by default, it has no password. So, to reset Windows Vista password of the user account of which password is lost one shall follow the following steps:

Step 1: Restart your PC and press "F8" repeatedly to enter the advanced boot options.

Step 2: Here, select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and login to the account with administrator privilege.

safe mode command prompt to reset vista password

Step 3: Rest Windows Vista password by typing the command "net user UserName (space) NewPassword".

With this, you have successfully reset Windows Vista password and login to the local account with a new password.

2. Reset Password Windows Vista Using Reset Disk

  • Insert a USB flash drive in your desktop / laptop.
  • Click on "Windows" icon - Control Panel - User Accounts and Family Safety (If Control Panel is using Classic view, skip to the next step.) - User Accounts.
  • In the left pane, click on "Create a password reset disk".
  • Now, a Forgotten Password Wizard appears, click "Next", select the drive in which you want to store your password and again click "Next".
  • Type your Current password in the Current User Account Password field and click "Next".
  • When progress bar reaches 100%, click "Next" and then "Finish". On this, your Windows Vista password reset disk is created and it shall be stored very safely by the user to avoid its malicious use.

Now that Vista Pasword Reset disk is created, one shall know how to use it when one forgets the password. Following are further steps:

  • Insert the password reset disk in your PC of which you have forgotten the password.
  • Once you type a wrong password, Windows Vista will show a Reset password link below the login box, click on it.
  • When Password Reset Wizard appears, click "Next" and select the correct password reset disk and again click "Next".
  • Type a new password and a hint for the same. Click "Next" – "Finish".

Now, you have successfully created new password and can log in with the new password normally.

Part 2. How to Reset Passwords on Windows Vista

By using the traditional way to create a password reset disk is a bit complicated. Here, we recommend PassFab 4WinKey which allows you create a Windows password reset disk on PC and Mac with one click. Then you can reset Vista passwords within a few minutes. Let's check it out.

Section 1: Create 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 in passfab 4winkey successfully

Once the bootable device is ready, one shall proceed as per the following guide to reset the password.

Section 2: 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.

Step 3: A list of boot choices, including the USB/CD/DVD which you have inserted shall appear. Point the device you have inserted and press "Enter" to select the boot device.

boot from usb in order to use passfab 4winkey

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

Section 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.

reset account password in passfab 4winkey

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 in passfab 4winkey

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

restart your pc after using passfab 4winkey to reset vista password


Now, even if one forgets Administrator account password, he will not worry about the data loss. One professional Windows password recovery tool is a fantastic solution for Windows Vista password reset. If you have other Windows password problem please feel free to contact us!

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

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