Recover a lost password in Windows Vista & Windows 7

Recover a lost password in Windows Vista & Windows 7

If you’ve forgotten your Windows password and you’re on a domain, you should contact your system administrator to reset your password. If you’re not on a domain, What to do if you forget your Windows password?

Don’t fret, Windows offers two tools that help you to deal with it:

1)     Password Hint : the easiest way to recover your Windows password, usually your hint located at the side of your password prompt on the Welcome screen. While this might not be helpful, it is always a good idea to take a few minutes to relax and try to think using the tip of your forgotten password. You can create a hint when you set a password with User Accounts.

2)     Password Reset Disk : Microsoft Windows allow you to create a password reset disk in order to recover a lost or forgotten password, A password reset disk, allows you to change your password, without needing to know your old password. So it is advised that once you create a password for your Windows operating system, you also create a Password Reset Disk as well.

However, If you can’t recover windows password using the password hint feature or have never made a Password Reset Disk before, you must find a different strategy to recover your password.

Other Strategies: Using 3rd party Password Recovery Tools

Try some freeware Password Recovery tool like Windows Password Recovery 6.0. Here are step by step instructions on recovering your password with 3rd party Password Recovery Tools.

Log onto a computer that can link to the Internet. Download a free demo version of Windows Password Recovery 6.0 from password recovery official.
Double-click on the downloaded file to install Windows Password Recovery 6.0.(Note that: there is a .ISO file. Burn the .ISO file to a CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive)
Get out the newly created CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive and insert it to the locked computer. Re-boot the locked computer and then follow the process of instructions. Just after a few steps, you can easily unlock windows password, the old password will be removed.
 Set new password:

Step 1: Open the “Control Panel

Step 2: Click the “User Account

Step 3: Select the account you wanna set a new password.

Step 4: Click “Changing Account ” and “Set Up Password”, then fill out the form as listed. Click “Create Password”.

Once you recovered your password or regained control of your computer, it is important for you to set a password hint and create a Password Reset Disk. Which is useful for you when you forget or lose your password again.

Set a Password Hint:

Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts and Family Safety (or clicking User Accounts, if you are connected to a network domain), and then clicking User Accounts.
Click Change your password.
Type your current password, type the new password you want to use, and then confirm your new password.
Type the password hint you want to use. Remember that anyone using the computer will be able to see the password hint.
Click Change password.

Creating a Password Reset Disk

Press the Start button and click Control Panel/ User Accounts
Click on your user account and then under Related Tasks, click Prevent a Forgotten Password.
Once you click “Prevent a Forgotten Password”, a Wizard will pop up. Follow the prompts to create a disk.
Insert your floppy disk
Enter your log on password
Follow the prompts to create your Password Reset Disk
You should receive the prompt that your disk is created. Now just label the disk and save.

In the future, if you ever forget or lose your windows password, you can try to remember your password by password hint, or easily insert your password reset disk and this will initiate the ability for you to quickly and easily reset your windows password.

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