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How do I recover a lost password for Windows

Question 1:


hello everyone .My niece recently bought a new laptop, and she decided to use a password to log on, but now she has forgotten her password and she cannot log on. Is there anyway to work around this or do we have to have it formatted.

thanks in advance.

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Most of us are usually confronted with this problem-forget our Windows password and have no idea what to do. Now,let's get acquainted with this issue.


1st Method:

The first thing which you check if you forget login password. When we install Windows, it automatically creates an account "Administrator" and sets its password to blank. So if you have forget your user account password then try this:


Start system and when you see Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press "ctrl"+"alt"+"del" keys twice and it'll show Classic Login box. Now type "Administrator" (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank. Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows.


Now you can reset your account password from "Control Panel -> User Accounts".


Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen.


2nd Method:


Windows XP and further versions also provide another method to recover forgotten password by using "Reset Disk". If you created a Password Reset Disk in past, you can use that disk to reset the password. To know more about it, please visit following links:


How to create and use a password reset disk for a computer in Windows


If all fails,Simply go to Windows Password Key website to download this tool,it can help you 100% recover your lost password.


Windows Password Key 8.0 is considered as the best tool to reset local administrator and user passwords on any Windows system. It creates a password recovery CD/DVD, USB Flash Drive for home, business and enterprise. And most of all, it's the most popular and safe solution for resetting your Windows password until now.


How to use:


(1). Login to a computer that can link to Internet. Download windows Password key and install it on that PC. Note that: there is a .ISO file. Burn the .ISO file to a CD or a USB flash drive.


(2). Insert the newly created CD/USB drive to the locked computer.


(3). Reboot the locked computer and press'F2'or'Delete

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