Windows 7 Password Reset
Windows 7 Password Reset
Not only will I show you how to create a Windows 7 password reset disk, but also I will provide lateral thinking ideas for coping with a lost password.
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There is a paradox in that most methods to rest your Windows 7 password require you to be organized and think ahead, yet most organized people don't lose their passwords!
Because most people who are locked out don't have a password reset disk, my number one suggestion is to logon to your machine with another account. Providing this account has administrative privileges, you can reset the password for the locked-out account in the Control Panel, Users section.
Before you contemplate the Windows 7 password reset, another straw that you could clutch at is the thought that you could remote desktop into your stricken computer. Now I do realize that if you know the password for the remote logon then you could just as easily logon locally. However, there are three methods in my madness.
P.S. I am assuming that when you tried to logon you read the 'Password Hint', and it was no good.
In order to reset your password in an emergency, you need to create a reset disk, although 'reset USB stick' would be a more up-to-date concept.
Problems with the Forgotten Password Wizard
The main problem is that you cannot save the password file to a CD or DVD. I will rephrase that, I have yet to find a way of saving the password to the CD drive, if you know a way, please let me know.
A secondary problem is that you cannot create password reset disks for other people. While this could be useful and kind, on reflection one can see that this would breach security, and thus is not permitted by design.
There is no concept of a password reset file for domain accounts. In this situation you just need to speak kindly to your domain administrator.
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The situation is that Windows 7 boots up, but that you cannot logon as you have forgotten the password. All you have to do is enter a guess. Even Windows 7 tells you that the name or password is incorrect, still you click OK. At last you see a link to Reset password....
Once again the Password Reset Wizard guides you through the steps. You just need to provide the USB stick in the removable drive.
Enter the password in the new password box, and again in the confirm box. One more thing, how about typing a password hint this time to save you the grief of having to remember the USB stick.
Alternative Technique - Restore a Corrupted Administrator Account
If you only have one Administrator account and it's corrupted, rather than you have forgotten the password, you could try a system restore. The key concept is 'Repair'.
Summary of Microsoft Windows 7 Password Reset
Guy's thesis is that nobody ever uses the Windows 7 password reset for real. If you are organized enough to create a password reset file on the USB stick, then you have the mindset to always remember your password. Unfortunately, if you forget passwords, then you won't bother to create the reset disk. For this eventuality I have suggestions, one of which may just get you back into your computer.
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