Forgetting your Windows administrator password could mean disaster at times. You can neither login to your computer, neither you can reset the password for existing users, nor you have access to important files and other content in your system which you badly need.
The other day I ran into a strange problem. I was using another computer and needed to use my old laptop for some files which I had created years ago. I had no backup of these files and the only recourse was to open the old computer and copy the files into the new one. When I tried to login to the old computer, I realized that I had forgotten the administrator password as well as the local user password for my Windows account.
I had no other option left but to look for a software or tool which could reset windows administrator password. If I format the computer, right away and do a clean installation, I would lose all the content and files I have in that computer, which is the worst case scenario.
Fortunately, there is a tool out there which let’s you reset Windows forgotten password or choose to completely bypass it. It’s called PCUnlocker
How to Reset Windows Forgotten Password?
Here is what you need to do to reset Windows forgotten password
- Download PCUnlocker. It comes with a ZIP file with an ISO file inside the package – pcunlocker.iso. Take a blank USB drive with no content inside it. If possible format that USB drive before using it for resetting your Windows administrator password.
- Your next step is to install PCUnlocker in a USB drive. Use the ISO2DISC program to burn the ISO image into the USB drive (or CD Drive). If your existing computer is locked and you can’t login to it, you will need a separate computer to burn the ISO file into the USB drive.
- Once you have the USB stick ready with you, you need to reboot the computer and go to Boot options. To go to Boot options menu, you need to hold down the F12, F2 or the F8 key (whichever is applicable) while the computer is booting up. This will take you to the boot options menu where you should choose the USB drive as the first boot option. Save the changes and reboot one more time.
- Next, your computer will boot from the USB drive and in a few minutes you should see the PCUnlocker screen as shown below
- Select the user account for whom you want to reset the password. Next, click on “Reset password” and you are done. You have successfully reset the password of your Windows administrator account.
Once the password is reset, click the “Restart” button to reboot the computer one more time and you should be able to login to Windows user account with the new password.
PCUnlocker is free to use but they also have an Enterprise edition which you can use for advanced features. The best thing about PCUnlocker is that no data is lost in the process and no changes are made in Windows registry settings, so there is nothing that you need to worry since you are using a backdoor entry to your Windows user account after you have forgotten the password.
Give it a try and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.