Top 12 Practical Methods to Reset Windows Admin Password

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Most of the users want to reset Windows admin password because they forgot their current password and not able to log in to an admin account. In order to have access to the administrator account, they want to reset password. And few users buy refurbished PC with locked administrator account so in order to have complete control to their PC, they want to reset a password. Have a look below if you want to know the best ways to reset a Windows password.

Method 01: Use PassFab 4WinKey

PassFab 4WinKey works like a lifesaver to recover. You cannot only reset but recover password too. Its amazing functionality lets you retrieve password not only for an admin account but you can reset a password for local or Microsoft account too. The software is very user-friendly as well as compatible with Windows 10, 7, 8, Vista as well as XP. Its recovery rate is just awesome. While using, there is no need to take tension of system damage. It's 100% secure and viruses free. This software works as one of the best Windows admin password reset tool. This software is suitable for almost all Windows systems.

Instructions on how to use PassFab 4WinKey:

Step 1: Install it and choose Boot Media. If you have not USB, then borrow it from someone else because choosing USB Flash Drive as a Boot Media will be good for the recovery process.

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Step 2: If you have selected USB Flash Drive as a Boot Media then Burn USB.

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Step 3: Within a few minutes you will get a notification that USB is successfully Burn.

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Step 4: After burning, put USB to PC or laptop for which you want to recover/reset password.

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Step 5: When you put USB, press key F12 many times to enter into Boot Menu. When Boot Menu appears, make sure to select Windows.

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Step 6: Select task, there you can see different task like you can remove password as well as can reset it. It's up to you that which task you use. After selecting a task, choose User Account from this Windows password recovery software.

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Step 7: Press Next. In the end, your password has been reset just Restart PC and have an access to your admin account.

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Method 02: Use Windows Password Hint

Most of the people set password hint while creating a password. So if you lost your password click on password hint when you try to login with incorrect login details. You can try to figure out your password through password hint. Most of the users remember their password by watching password hint. This solution is good enough to resolve this issue.

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Note: This solution is suitable for Windows 10 and 7.

Method 03: Use Windows Password Reset Disk

If you have already created Windows password reset disk while setting up a device, you can easily set a new Windows password

Step 1: Go to the Sign-in option

Step 2: Log in with incorrect details and enter OK

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Step 3: Now you can see Password Reset link, click on it and change your password by the following instruction.

Note: This solution is suitable for Windows 10 and 8.

Method 04: Use Windows Installation Disk

Step 1: Boot from CD/DVD.

Step 2: Choose Next.

Step 3: Now you need to choose Repair your computer.

Step 4: You will found two options; you need to select Use recovery tool that can fix problems starting Windows.

Step 5: Now choose "Next" and choose Command Prompt.

Step 6: You need to type these two commands: first, type or copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\ next, type or copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe

Press Enter and Restart PC.

Step 7: Now press Shift Key many times to open Command Prompt.

Step 8: Type this command, net user your_name your_new_password.

In your name field you can type the name of user name for which you want to reset a password and in new password field; you can type a new password.

That's it your next login will be with a new password.

Note: This solution is suitable for Windows 10 and 7.

Method 05: Use Command Prompt

Step 1: Press Windows logo key + X and choose Command Prompt.

Step 2: Now type below command: net user account_name new_password and hit Enter.

Step 3: Replace account name as well as password. Your next login will be with that user account.

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Note: This solution is suitable for Windows 10 and 7.

Method 06: Use Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

Step 1: First you need to download the file to an accessible computer.

Step 2: Now you need to Burn ISO image file on CD/DVD and you need to create your own personal reset disk

Step 3: Put Reset Disk to locked PC. Hit Enter when Boot Menu screen appears

Step 4: You need to wait for Windows password recovery and choose Drive where Operating System is installed

Step 5: Here you can remove Windows password by choosing Remove password.

Step 6: Now choose Username for which you want to remove the password and then choose Clear User Password.

Step 7: Password has been cleared now you can restart your PC.

Note: This solution is suitable for Windows 10 and 7.

Method 07: Use Computer Management

Step 1: First you need to right click on This PC and choose Manage

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Step 2: In Computer Management expand to Local Users and Groups, you need to choose User account for which you want to reset a password.

Step 3: Right click on user and choose Set Password.

Note: This solution is suitable for Windows 10 and 7.

Method 08: Use Microsoft Password Reset Link

Step 1: Go to reset your password page.

Step 2: Select reason of resetting a password.

Step 3: Choose Next.

Step 4: Now type email for which you want to reset a password.

Step 5: Type character that you can see on screen and then choose "Next".

Step 6: While creating Microsoft account people usually set alternative Emails as well as Phone number. Choose your alternative method, they will send you a code; you need to enter that code, after that you can reset your password.

Note: This solution is suitable for Windows 10/8.1/8.

Method 09: Use Other Windows Sign-in Options

Guys you can still log in with other Sign-in options like picture password, PIN or you can use another admin account too.

Note: This solution is suitable for Windows 10.

Method 10: Use Windows Safe Mode

If you forgot Windows admin password, you are allowed to reset Windows password by using Safe Mode.

Step 1: first you need to restart your PC and keep pressing F8 key while booting.

Step 2: Now you need to choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

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Step 3: Now go to the Control Panel and then choose User Account and click on Change Account

Step 4: Here you need to choose the account for which you want to reset a password and make sure to follow next instructions.

Note: This solution is suitable for Windows XP.

Method 11: Use Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset

You can use MSDaRT(Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset) if you want to repair Windows installation. But TechNet Plus subscribers and MSDN subscribers can have access to this tool. Its Locksmith will help you to recover a password.

Note: This solution is suitable for Windows 7.

Method 12: Reinstall Windows System

If you don't want to lose your login details by resetting a password, but want to open PC. Then reinstall Windows system, within few seconds you have access to all previous installation. But please don't try to overwrite the original Window. Soon old password can come to your mind. This solution is for those who don't want to lose old log in details but desperately need the PC.

Note: This solution is suitable for all Windows systems.


The short conclusion is that now you can easily reset Windows domain administrator password with above solutions. But my first preference will be PassFab 4WinKey. Others solutions are good too but few of them are very complex, time-consuming, there can also be a chance of system damage. If one solution works for Windows 7 then that will not work for another Windows system. Each solution is restricted to a few Windows systems but PassFab 4WinKey is an extraordinary tool and supports almost all system. It saves lots of time as well as secure. So if you want to reset forgotten Windows password, then go for this first solution I assure you will be happy to use it. If you like to share this with others, stay tuned with us for more.


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