Many people have asked me how to reset their Windows password so I decided to write this blog about it.┬á There are quite a few free Windows password reset tools.┬á They are mostly Linux boot disks that interface with your Windows drive to rewrite portions of the Windows registry that contain the passwords for your Windows accounts.┬á The tool listed below will read the data from the registry and provide you with a list of users to either reset the password or blank out the password.┬á I find it is easiest to blank out the password, log in and then set the password to something you can remember.
Here are the steps you should follow:
- Go to the website above and download the CD image.
- Decompress the zip file using WinZip, 7Zip or some other decompression program.
- Burn the ISO to a CD. (You can use CD Burner XP Pro, a free tool to burn the ISO.┬á Here are instructions)
- Start your computer and boot from CD.┬á If your computer does not automatically boot to CD, go into the BIOS and modify your boot order.
- The program will have you load drivers, select the disk that contains your Windows drive, select the path and which part of the registry to load but don’t worry.┬á The defaults work for most systems so just press enter at each prompt.
- Once you see the user accounts, select one by pressing the number associated with that account and then choose to either blank the password or set it to a new one.