I had not used this computer in a couple years and had this computer as a backup computer. I set a password for it and can not remember it. Can I somehow get into the computer to reset it?
Use ophcrack if you forgot your password
If that is a BIOS password. All you have to do is pull out the CMOS battery and let it out for about 15-20 minutes to reset the BIOS password. Then plug it in again and open your computer.
If that is a Windows password, you have to use a LOGIN BYPASS softwares or change your password via safemode with command prompt.
Take Windows 7 for example: there are 3 different types of safe mode: Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, and Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Below is a guide on how to bypass Windows 7 password with Safe Mode with Command Prompt, which allows you to reset Windows password with command line. Detailed steps are as follow:
Step 1: Boot or reboot your Windows 7 computer.
Step 2: Press F8 to enter Advanced Boot Options before the Windows 7 loading screen appears.
Step 3: Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt in the coming screen, and then Press Enter.
Step 4: Wait for Windows 7 files to load until Windows login screen comes up.
Step 5: Log in with an administrator account until you see login screen.
Step 6: A Command Prompt appears. Type net user in the Command Prompt and then hit Enter. All Windows user account names will be listed for you.
Step 7: Type net user 'Alina 123' and hit Enter.
Step 8: The new password has been successfully reset when the command is completed successfully.
Step 9: Log on your PC with the new password.
Note: 'Alina' is your locked Windows user account name. And '123' means the new password you want to reset for the locked account.
Whenever you need to log on to Safe Mode, an administrator account password is necessary. So it is highly recommended you to write Windows password down and store it or creating a Windows password recovery disk before Windows password lost.
Method 2: Bypass Windows password with A Third Party
However, if you haven't created a password reset disk and forgot all administrator account password, it's better for you to bypass Windows password with Windows password reset software. These reset software allow you to reset Windows password with a USB flash drive or bootable CD/DVD. Windows Password Unlocker Professional is one of the best choices to reset or change Windows password in a while.
Step 1: Download Windows Password Unlocker Professional(Free Trial) and install it in any computer.
Step 2: Run the program and burn an ISO image file into a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
Step 3: Start your locked computer from the bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
Step 4.Bypass Windows password successfully.
Learn the tutorial on How to reset Windows password with Windows Password Unlocker Professional.
Of course, this Windows Password Unlocker can reset not only Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000, but also can reset Windows domain password for Windows Server(R2) 2003/(R2)2008.
I had already taken out the battery and then realized it was a windows password.Thanks everybody for all the help! I have learned a lot from you guys!
Use windows password reset tools and you can download it's from this site:
Are you talking about a BIOS password or a Windows user password?
If its a Windows password and you havnt used the machine for a few years then just format it and start again. There cannot be much you need on it.
You can also recover your password using Linux live CD.Boot your PC using pen drive or live DVD and then use a program named chntpw.
Follow the rest of the steps mentioned below -
If you work with computers a lot, you should have a copy of Hiren's BD. Its got most tools you would ever need.
Put it in, boot up with it, and then run
BIOS Cracker 5.0 It is a password stripper. You don't have to work around your password, it just takes it off the computer.
This is what i needed! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
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see the Manual and scroll to 'Clearing Forgotten Passwords'
Get the Ultimate Bood CD (UBCD), boot up from it and run the PCLoginNow utility. It'll allow you to do exactly what you are asking for.