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Forgot Windows Password - How to Reset the Password without Admin Rights?

Problem: "Forgot Windows password? How I can reset it without admin rights? On my Windows 7 machine, I created 2 accounts. One is an account with admin rights, and the other one is a limited account (standard user account). Now Windows is not recognizing my password for the administrator account. Can I reset the administrator password via the standard user account? Or is there any other way to reset the forgotten administrator account password? Please note I never created a password reset disk for the administrator account."

Solution: As for the above question, the answer is no as users cannot reset another account password via a standard user account. In my opinion, the most effective and simple approach case is to use a powerful Windows password recovery tool like Windows Login Recovery. With this password recovery tool at hand, you easily reset administrator, standard user and guest passwords by yourself if you forgot Windows password. Besides, it is very safe; no data will be lost after Windows password reset.

How to reset forgotten Windows password?

If you decide to use Windows Login Recovery when you forgot Windows password, you need to find an accessible computer, download and install the program in it. Once it is set up, run it and burn a password reset disk with a blank CD/DVD. Then you follow the instructions below to reset forgotten Windows password with the burned CD/DVD.

Step 1. Insert the burned CD/DVD in your locked computer.

Step 2. Press F2, Delete or F10 to enter BIOS Setup when the computer is booting.

Step 3. Set CD-ROM as the first boot device in BIOS.

Note: You could click here to view how to set the first boot device in BIOS. The computer will restart automatically after saving your BIOS settings. And you'll be able to reset forgotten Windows password under DOS.

Step 4. Enter the NO. of your Windows installation path to display all its account user names.

Step 5. Enter the NO. of a specified User Name to remove its account password, then enter y to confirm and continue your operation.

Step 6. Enter n to finish your operation when the selected windows account password is removed.

Note: If you want to remove another Windows account password, please enter y. And you'll repeat the previous steps to reset another account password.

Step 7. Remove the burned CD/DVD and press any key to restart your computer when you enter n to finish your operation.

Now the operation is finished. Windows will not ask you to enter a password when you log on to your computer. Don't you think it is easy? Never feel frustrated when you forgot Windows password with this method.

Why cannot use standard user account?

Are you confused that why you cannot reset the administrator password by using the standard user account? Well, you need to learn what a standard user account is.

According to Microsoft, a standard user account is to let a person use most of the capabilities of the computer, but permission from an administrator is required if you want to make changes that affect other users or the security of the computer.

When you use a standard account, you can use most programs that are installed on the computer, but you can't install or uninstall software and hardware, delete files that are required for the computer to work, or change settings on the computer that affect other users. If you're using a standard account, some programs might require you to provide an administrator password before you can perform certain tasks. So if you forgot Windows password, you could not reset the password by using a standard user account.

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How to reset admin password


Reset Windows 7 admin password is not hard in fact, as long as you follow these methods to do.

Method 1: To Reset Admin Password with Administrator Account
On Win 7 logon screen, click user and "Switch user" to choose another administrator to sign into. Turn to Control Panel and navigate to User menu. Choose the account you want to reset its password, and remove its password. And then set a new password for it.

Method 2: Reset Admin Password with Password Reset Disk
You have two ways to get password reset disk. One is create it when you still have the administrator password. The other is to create it with third-party software, such as Windows 7 password genius.

Similarly, on Win 7 logon screen, after type wrong password, click link "Reset Password" to go on. Or insert password reset disk into Windows 7 computer and boot it from disk. Windows 7 Password Genius runs, at the same time, all accounts and password list for you. Choose the administrator account, and click "Reset Password" to finish Windows 7 admin password reset.

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How to enable Windows 7 administrator account and reset lost Win 7 admin password There are two parts for your Windows 7: * Enable Windows 7 administrator account * Reset lost Win 7 admin password With 240 million licenses sold out in one year, Windows 7 has been proved to be a successful product of Microsoft. Compared with its previous versions like Windows XP, it has many improved features. The built-in administrator account is one of the features. In Windows XP, there is a default administrator account after installation. But the built-in administrator account is disabled by default in Windows 7. To enable Windows 7 administrator account and assign a password to it, you can achieve it in 2 methods. Part I: Enable Windows 7 administrator account Method 1: Use Command Prompt The easiest way to enable the Windows 7 built-in administrator account is to use the Command Prompt. 1. Click Start and type CMD in the search box. Right-click CMD and select Run as Administrator. 2. Click Yes when prompted to allow the Command Processor to run. And then the command prompt will appear. 3. Type net user in the command prompt window, and then hit Enter. All the Windows account user names will be listed. You'll also see the Administrator account, but now it is not enabled. 4. Type net user administrator /active:yes and hit Enter to enable Windows 7 admin account. Now the Windows 7 administrator account is created. To create the Windows 7 administrator password, you can follow the below steps: 1. Switch to log on Windows 7 with the administrator account. 2. Click Start, Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Safety and User Accounts in order. You'll enter the screen where you can make changes for your account. 3. Click Create a password for your account on the screen. 4. In the coming screen, type and confirm your Win 7 admin password. 5. Enter password hint and click Create Password. Now your Windows 7 admin password is successfully created. Method 2: Use Local Users and Groups 1. Click Start and type lusrmgr.msc in the search box, and then hit Enter. The Local Users and Groups screen will come up. 2. Double-click the Users folder. And all the Windows 7 account will be displayed for you. 3. Right-click the Administrator account and select Properties. 4. Uncheck the "Account is disabled" check-box and click OK on the administrator properties screen. Now Win 7 admin account is enabled. To set a password for the enabled Windows 7 administrator account, follow the steps as below: 1. Right-click the Administrator account and select Set Password. 2. Click Proceed to go on your operation 3. Type and confirm your new Win 7 admin password and click Ok 4. Close the Local Users and Groups screen. Now the Windows 7 administrator password is assigned to your Windows 7 admin account. Part II: Reset lost Win 7 admin password Windows 7 administrator password reset Tips: Note 1. Please remember to create a Windows 7 password reset disk after assigning Windows administrator password. It allows you to change your forgotten Win 7 admin password when you are locked out of Windows. Note 2. If you forgot to create the password reset disk, you can choose to use Windows Password Breaker to help create a Windows 7 password reset disk rather than reinstalling the system. Now follow the steps to create the disk to reset Windows 7 password. step 1. Download and install Windows Password Breaker. step 2. Run the program and burn a Windows password reset disk. Step 3. Reset Windows 7 administrator password with the disk. It is an easy and safe way for Windows 7 admin password reset.

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