There are a number of reasons you may need a tool or utility to recover and/or reset a password for Windows, whether it’s because you bought a computer and the person forgot to remove the password, you are doing repair on a computer, or you just haven’t used the specific computer in a long time getting around a Windows password can be annoying. Thankfully Windows Password Recovery Tool helps make it quick and painless to reset that password, regardless of the version of windows that you may be running. You won’t need to boot in to any unfamiliar operating systems, learn any confusing commands, or have to go down that dreadful path of a re-installation. It is all done via a simple CD/DVD or a USB flash drive.
Here’s a quick rundown on how it works:
Once you run Windows Password Recovery Tool, insert a blank CD/DVD disc into your disc drive and select the drive from the drop down of your CD/DVD options. Click “Burn” button to start burning an ISO image file to the CD/DVD. Alternatively, you can do the same thing with a USB flash drive. Please note: If the disc or drive is not blank, it will need to erase the existing data to proceed. Just confirm and it begins creating the disc. Once finished, take it out and throw it in the computer you need to reset.
Please note: You will need to set the boot options on your computer to boot from the USB drive or CD/DVD drive, if they are not already set. For a guide on how to do this, please see the article on How To Change The Boot Order In BIOS.
Once it boots, you will a message saying that Windows Password Recovery Tool is loading and initializing. After it loads up you will see the program’s interface. It will show you any and all Windows installations on that computer (just in case you run multiple versions). Once you select the version you will find a list of all the users for that installation. You will notice it does not display the passwords. It will only show you “unknown” or “empty” with “unknown” meaning there is a password set and “empty” meaning there is no password needed for that account. Just select the passwords that need to be reset and click the next button. Boom! Password is removed (or reset, depending how you look at it).
With Windows Password Recovery Tool it’s just that easy. Just remove the disc and then reboot (and this can’t be emphasized enough… If I only had a nickel for every time I forgot to remove a CD, a USB drive, a flash drive, etc I would probably be swimming like Scrooge McDuck, but I digress…). You will then be able to log in to Windows without needing a password. Once logged in, you can go in to the User Settings and set a new password. The entire process took me all of 5 minutes, including fishing out my CD-Rs to burn. What kind of situations have you encountered where this would have come in handy? What stories do you have where that Windows password just got in the way?
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