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How to Reset Forgotten Passwords in Windows Easily

Have you ever forgotten your Windows password? That would be your bad time. Don't worry! There are several ways to retrieve or reset it: If your PC is on a domain/ company, your system administrator must reset your password. If you're using a Microsoft account, you can reset your password online...
How to Reset Forgotten Passwords in Windows Easily
Even if you have none of above, you still have many other methods to reset your Windows passwords: 1- Use a password-reset disk; 2- (trick) Use Command Prompt; 3- Use third party apps/ tools such as Hiren's Boot CD. Follow this article, I will show you how to Reset passwords in Windows easily.

1. Reset Windows passwords with a password-reset disk

The easiest way to reset a forgotten Windows password is to use a previous created password-reset disk. You can create such a disk/ USB within the Windows User Accounts menu (insert a USB first) by opening the Windows Control Panel => User Accounts => Create a password reset disk.
Reset Windows passwords with a password-reset disk
Go through some next easy steps then you will have a Windows password-reset disk. Once you have the disk, you can insert it when starting the PC to cause Windows to display the 'Reset password' option at the login screen, allowing you to regain access to the system.
In case you forgot your Windows password and have not created a password-reset disk before, just follow method 2 or method 3.

2. Reset Windows passwords by using Command Prompt

Note: This method works well in Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 (R2 SP1) but does not work in Windows 10. I have not tested with other Windows versions. If you are using Windows 10 then please follow method 3.
If you usually use Common Prompt (Command Line) then this method would be perfect for you!
To list all User in Windows, you can use the command: 
net user
To reset a Windows password by Command Prompt, use the following command:
net user UserName NewPassword
Replace UserName with your Windows account username, NewPassword with your new desired password
Problem here is how to open Windows Command Prompt if we forgot our Windows passwords?
Here is a tip:
- Windows will open Sticky Keys screen if you press "Shift" key five times (Sticky Keys screen can open without loging in to Windows). That means if you press "Shift" key five times, the application sethc.exe, located on c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe will run (don't need any Windows passwords)
- You have to replace the file c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe (Sticky Keys) with the file c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe (Command Prompt). Then reset your computer, at Windows Logon Screen, you press "Shift" key five times to open Command Prompt window... and user the above commands to reset your passwords.

Replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe

You can replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe by using a Hiren's Boot CD (or USB) then Load Mini Windows XP. In Windows Explorer of Windows XP Mini, you can easily copy and replace the file sethc.exe with cmd.exe.
If you do not have Hiren's Boot CD, please follow the instructions below:
- Boot your computer to “Repair your computer” mode
Boot your computer to “Repair your computer” mode
Follow the wizards until you get to the option to open the Command Prompt, which you’ll want to select.
 Select Command Prompt System Recovery Options
In Command Prompt window, type the following commands:
copy C:\windows\system32\sethc.exe C:\
copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
Note: The first command is to backup the original file sethc.exe to C:\ (C: is the system partition)
Reset Windows passwords by using Command Prompt
Now you can reboot the PC then reset your passwords on Command Prompt window right at Windows Logon screen!

3. Reset Windows passwords with Hiren's Boot CD

Hiren’s bootCD is full of handy tools and life saver utilities and Windows Password Recovery tools also included such as Active Password ChangerNTPWEdit. I've never tried Active Password Changer for Windows 10, but it works well with Windows XP and Windows 7. NTPWEdit can reset passwords for almost all Windows versions: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10.
Follow below steps to reset Windows passwords with Hiren's Boot CD:
Step 1: Boot your computer with a Hiren's Boot CD or USB (next time, I will guide you how to make a Hiren's Bootable USB Flash Drive in detail)
Step 2: On Hiren's Boot menu, select Mini Windows XP
Reset Windows passwords with Hiren's Boot CD
Step3: After loading Windows XP Mini completed, launch NTPWEdit tool in: Programs => Passwords / Keys => Windows Login => NTPWEdit (Reset Xp/Vista/7 User Password).
Launch NTPWEdit tool from Hiren Boot
Step4: In NTPWEdit window, follow the instructions below:
- Select the location of SAM file (it usually located on C:\Windows\System32\ or C:\Windows\System32\Config\)
- Click Re(open) button
- Select Windows username you want to reset password
- Click Change password then input your new password on the next pop-up.
- Save changes.
Reset Windows password with NTPWEdit 0.3

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