Forgetting your password is never any fun, but luckily there’s a really easy way to reset the password.You’ve probably landed on this page while looking to find out how to reset Windows 7 Password. Whether you’ve simply forgotten your password, or you want to gain unauthorized access to someone’s Windows 7 account, I’m going to show you a really easy way how to reset Windows 7 password, without having to buy or download any third-party software. Only from any Windows 7 Installation Disc.
Resetting Your Forgotten Windows Password
First you have to boot from the installation CD. Most PC’s are already set up to use the CD/DVD drive as the first boot device, which means you only have to insert the CD/DVD and restart the PC. Before Windows begins to load, you will see a message that says “press any key to boot from CD”, just press any key.
You will see various option as shown in the image bellow, click “Command Prompt”.
Now that you’re in the command prompt, we are going to use a couple of commands that will allow you to reset Windows 7 Password.
First Type the following command for backup the original sticky keys file:
copy c:windowssystem32sethc.exe c:
Now replace sticky keys with the CMD.exe by typing the following command
copy c:windowssystem32cmd.exe c:windowssystem32sethc.exe
Type YES on prompt YES, NO, ALL.
Now you can restart the PC. (remember to remove the installation disc)
Resetting the Password via Command Prompt:
So you’ve restarted your PC and you’re at the login screen. Press the Shift key 5 times to bring up the command line interface.
net user your_name your_new_password
Replacing the username and password with the combination you want.
That’s all. Now you can login.
Of course, you’ll probably want to put the original sethc.exe file back, which you can do by rebooting into the installation CD, opening the command prompt, and copying the c:sethc.exe file back to c:windowssystem32sethc.exe.
That’s it, you’ve now reset windows 7 password.