Forgot Windows password ? Reset Windows password

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on February 17, 2008



If you forgot your Windows password you will not be able to login to windows.

So what to do in this case ? Is there a way to reset the Windows password ? Answer is yes, there is a way to reset or change the password.

Let’s see how we reset windows password.


There is a convenient way to do it with a Windows NT password recovery CD which can used to reset the password for any account in Windows NT ,Windows 2000 ,Windows XP , Windows Vista.

Follow the below steps to rest your windows password:

1. Download the ISO image from here and burn a CD with this ISO image file.

2. Boot your computer using this bootable CD created in step 1. You may need to set your CD-ROM as first boot device in BIOS in order to boot from it.

3. Once you boot your computer with this CD, you will get a command based interface which is quite self-explanatory. On first screen, press enter key to boot in default mode.It will show screen like this:


4. After you boot, it gives option, it will show the drive partitions and will give the choice, "Please select the partition number." Press enter if windows is installed on C drive, else select the appropriate partition.


5. Now it will ask " What is path of Windows directory ?", press enter for default value.

6. Now it will show option "Select which part of registry to load" . Type 1 and press enter.

options to select action

7. This will show the list of users on the windows. Type the name of the user for which you want to reset password and press enter.

8. Now it will show following choices

1. Clear the password

2. Edit password

3. Promote user

4. Unlock account

5. Quit

Press 1 and press enter.

9. It will show a message " Password cleared ! "

10. It will give options to select another user, just type "!" (Exclamation mark) without quotes and press enter.

It will show previous menu, type q and press enter to quit from this menu.

11.Now it will show message " About to write files back ! Do it ? [n] " . Type "y" without quotes and press enter. It will show message "Edit Complete.

Note: You can also try again if it somehow failed. New run [n] " Simple press enter.

12. Remove the bootable CD from the tray and restart your computer.

Password Cleared and Trouble Fixed !

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Frederick March 3, 2008 at 8:43 am

Thanks for the tip!
This can be useful in some extreme cases but it’s more suitable only for single users.
For big enterprise environments you need something really different.
In such cases I can suggest using password self service solutions. It’s the easiest way for users to reset or manage their passwords.
For the helpdesk department it’s a great benefit as well – they can take a long breath without password reset related requests.
For example, scriptlogic offers quite good solution – desktop authority password self service
I think it looks very promising!

Lalit Sharma April 3, 2008 at 3:47 am

it doesn’t work as u told
it is Showing something Different

Rohit April 3, 2008 at 9:44 am

@ Lalit

Hi Lalit, can you please shar what it is showing on your computer?
Because i have tested it on my desktop and it works fine with it.

rigest October 16, 2008 at 8:19 am

You are number one.

Keyrun November 7, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Trying to download ISO image but error i get is:
HTTP 404 Not Found
The webpage cannot be found.

Help me.

trum December 22, 2008 at 9:51 pm

i’m stucked at step 5… don’t know what to do…
i pressed enter but nothing changes… need help… thank you

92 AzeeM February 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm

dear i am trying to download ISO image but errored

HTTP 404 Not Found the webpage can not be found.
plz help me.

Rohit February 19, 2009 at 6:54 am


I have updated the download link, please try again now.

Mike May 19, 2009 at 1:22 am


I am trying to use this on windows XP.
When i boot from it i get to step 3 then press enter to load the files, but after that it gets stuck and say no IRQ or wrong IRQ (sumthing like that) it does not go forward after that.

Plz can sum1 advise

Many Thanks

amerasran June 22, 2009 at 7:56 am

Thanks alot our Eng.Abhishek Bhatnagar for this tip.
Another way of doing this without changing the admin pasword is to download a cd (ophcrack) for xp or another one for vista.After burning the cd it will search for all the paswords for all accounts.It will recover the pasword,the same pasword will appear in text.
the download link

jozef July 3, 2009 at 1:42 am

Thanks alot mate..great work

Linky Wu October 26, 2009 at 1:38 am

If you forget the administrator’s password but still can log on Windows with other user names that have administrative privileges, you may follow the instructions below:

Right click the computer icon on your desktop, select Manage, find Local Users and Groups, unfold Users folder, right click Administrator, click Set password… in the menu comes up. Click Proceed in the dialog, in the pop-up, enter a New Password and confirm it. Your administrator’s password is successfully reset.

Guest account may help to log onto Windows, but it has no privilege for you to do the above to reset the administrator’s password.

If you forgot all user passwords and failed to log onto Windows, there is no other way but to format the OS and reinstall Windows, or resort to sort of software tools to remove the password and log onto Windows. These programs cost some bucks, but are worthy and better than to reinstall the OS causing consequences. The most popular programs are Windows Password Reset 6.0 etc. Generally, these programs are easy to use though turn out to be a scary command prompt to newbie. But do relax and you can fully manipulate. Let’s take Windows Password Reset 6.0 for example. You prepare a blank CD, burn the program onto the CD, boot the locked computer from the CD, come to initiate the program, locate the user name, and proceed to remove its password – all are at ease.

ketanpapade October 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm

my windows xp problem is starting logo and blank screen

Henrry October 27, 2009 at 6:11 am

As far as I know , there are two main methods to solve the windows password problem as follows:
1st Method:
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.

2th Method:
Windows password Recovery software:
for example:Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0
It is easy and convenient to use.

Dario December 14, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Thanks, great work!!!

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