Easy Ways to Reset Windows 7 Password
If you need to reset Windows password, probably you forgot Windows 7 password. The first method you may consider to solve the problem may be System Restore, or Re-install system, which may cause data loss. In fact, if you Google the ways, you may find many Windows password recovery exist, and many methods can recover or reset the password. This article will show you some tips to reset Windows 7 password.
1. Resetting Windows 7 password without Disk
Password reset disk is the Microsoft-provided solution to reset Windows 7 password, however, if you have not created a password reset disk when you set the password, how can you bypass the password? Here, Windows Password Unlocker, a professional Windows 7 password recovery tool, can be your ideal choice. This software can help create a Windows 7 password reset disk with ease. It supports DVD, CD and USB if there is no CD-ROM drive.
1.1 Download and install the Password Unlocker Software to an accessible computer, insert the CD or DVD to the optical drive, or insert a USB flash drive if no CD-ROM drive available.
Note: Since you forgot Windows 7 password, you cannot access your computer and you need another accessible computer to download the software and to burn the password reset disk.
Tip: If you only get a Mac or Linux, see how to create password reset disk on Mac and Linux in the Point 4.
1.2. Run the password unlocker software and burn the password reset disk follow the instruction in the window.
1.3. Insert the password reset disk you created to the locked computer, and boot the computer from the disk. If you are able to do that, see how to change bios settings and boot computer from cd/dvd/usb.
1.4. Select a user to change or remove the password.
2. Recovering Windows 7 password with Ophcrack
How to recover Windows 7 password is a frequently asked question, so, is there some tools can do this job? Sure, here, a free tool-Ophcrack is recommended.
Ophcrack is a free open source (GPL licensed) program that can recover Windows 7 administrator password and other user account password by using LM hashes through rainbow tables. If you need a free Windows 7 Password Recovery tool, you can try this tool.
To start the password recovery process, you need to download the Ophcrack from its site: http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/.
Download the ISO image, burn it to a CD and boot the locked computer from the CD. The Ophcrack program starts, locates the Windows user accounts, and proceeds to recover (crack) the passwords – all automatically.
If you do not know how to use Ophcrack to recover password on Windows 7, see the tutorial here: How to Recover Password with Ophcrack LiveCD
Ophcrack is free, however, using it to recover password, you need to download a large ISO file (about 700MB), and the recovery process may be time consuming, and cannot succeed 100% to find the password. So, if this tool failed to recover Windows 7 login password for you, you can turn to the Windows 7 password reset tool —–Windows Password Unlocker introduced above, which can help you 100% reset the password.
3. System Restore or Re-install System to remove Windows 7 password
System Restore and Re-install system are free way to reset Windows 7 password without disk, however, they may cause data loss and you will need to install all the apps again, all the settings, password in websites, etc. are deleted. If you are prepared for these outcomes, you can use these two methods to remove Windows 7 password.
4. Create password reset disk on Mac and Linux
4.1. How to burn password disk on Mac
As mentioned above, you need an accessible computer to burn the password reset disk. If only a Mac is available, you can use the Mac password unlocker. You just need to burn the .iso image file in the software to CD, DVD or USB.
4.2. How to burn password disk on Linux
Similar to Mac, Windows Password Unlocker cannot directly burn password reset disk but you need to burn the ISO image to CD, DVD or USB on the Linux.