How can I change the Windows logon password?

Tom October 18, 2010
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I recently installed Folder Lock and then I uninstalled it using the recommended setting from Folder Lock. However, when I restarted my Windows 7 64-bit laptop, the password I used to log in before refused to log me in.

Does Windows come with a default administrative password and if not, what tools can I use to reset it? The ones I have been seeing are commercial ones and I sincerely need free and good working programs that will help me to do that. Help needed please.

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  1. Susan
    December 22, 2010 at 9:00 am

    You can create a Windows password reset disk to reset your password. Follow this 5 easy steps:

    1. Enter a computer that can link to Internet. Search "windows password recovery tool 3.0" in Google. Download and install the software on that computer.

    2. Run the software and create windows password reset disk by follow the instructions.

    3. Eject the created CD/DVD and insert it into the locked computer.

    4. Reboot the locked computer (it's necessary for you to change your locked computer's BIOS setting to make it boot from CD drive) and then follow the instructions to reset your password.

    5. Now login Windows and set a new password.

  2. Anonymous
    December 22, 2010 at 8:42 am

    For windows 7, I know a guide: How to Change Windows 7 Password»
    http://www.windows7password.net/how-to-change-windows-7-password/

  3. Anonymous
    October 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Hi

    Forgot your Windows NT/2k/XP/Vista/Win7 admin password?

    http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

    or
    free NTPWEdit tool to reset the Windows password
    http://4sysops.com/archives/free-ntpwedit-reset-windows-password/

    or
    shareware Any Windows Password Reset 7 is in sale right now
    http://www.windowspasswordreset.net/

    Windows Password Unlocker
    http://www.passwordunlocker.com/windows-password-recovery.html

    or
    use a livecd like BartPE, BackTrack, Knoppix
    1) Then Rename the file Utilman.exe as Utilman.exe.bak in C:WindowsSystem32
    2) then make a copy of cmd.exe and name as Utilman.exe always in C:WindowsSystem32
    3)Restart pc normally

    or
    Kon-Boot CD
    http://www.piotrbania.com/all/kon-boot/
    1)1. Download the Kon-Boot CD
    -ISO ZIP file and extract it to get the ISO file. Burn the ISO file to a CD/DVD to create a bootable Kon-Boot CD/DVD.

    2)Make sure that you have made necessary changes to boot priority setting in the BIOS so that you can boot from CD/DVD. Insert the CD/DVD into the optical drive and restart your machine. In a few seconds you will see the screen of Kon-Boot. Simply hit Enter and wait for a few seconds.

    3. You should see the logon screen and with a password prompt. Simply press Enter key to bypass the forgot logon password

  4. Tommytaurus
    October 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Still no way ahead.

    • Mike
      October 19, 2010 at 10:07 am

      The "real" administrator account has no password and is deactivated by default.

      Please re-visit the second link (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-ways-to-reset-the-forgotten-windows-administrator-password/) and scroll down to the third option.

      This method (Offline NT Password) for resetting your users password is probably easier than trying to activate the administrator without actual access to the operating system.

  5. Tina
    October 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Tom,

    check out method #3 in this article:
    How to Reset a User Account Password in Vista or Windows 7

    The following article was written for Windows XP, but if the above method does not work, check it out, as the tricks may still work with Windows 7:
    3 Ways to Reset Forgotten Windows Administrator Password

    Anyone with the same issue on Windows XP, also have a look at this question:
    How can I find out my Windows XP administrator password?

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