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Forgot Windows 7 Password and Have No Reset Disk? 6 Tips to Reset Windows 7 Password

author_icon Ronnie Barnes time_icon Last updated: May 31, 2019 07:27 pm tips_icon Windows 7

Most people don't realize how important the Windows 7 reset disk is until they lose or forget their Windows password. This is when most of us are rummaging through the packaging of the computer to find the reset disk or any other disk. When you get locked out of your Windows 7 computer, chances are that you will not be able to access any of your files or any of the data on the computer.

This is one of the reasons having a reset disk for Windows 7 is very important. But we all know sometimes you just don't have it. What do you do when you forgot Windows 7 password and no disk available? Well, as this article will demonstrate shortly, there are several ways you can recover forgotten Windows 7 password without reset disk.

1. Reset Windows 7 Password Without Disk Using Admin Account

One of the ways you can get access to an account to remove or change its password is to use another account with admin privileges. Of course, you will need to have an additional account with admin privileges for this to work. If you do, follow these simple steps to use it to reset the password.

Step 1: Click "Start" and run the Control Panel.

Step 2: Click on "User Accounts and Family Safety" and then select "User Accounts".

user-accounts

Step 3: Next, choose "Add or Remove User Account" under "User Accounts" and from the list presented, select the account whose password you have forgotten.

add or remove user accounts

Step 4: Click on "Change the Password" to enter a new password or "Remove Password" to completely remove the password on the account.

Step 5: If you choose to change the password, enter the new password and click "OK" to complete the process.

You can now use the new password to access the locked Windows 7 account.

2. Recover Windows 7 Password with Passper WinSenior

Another way to reset your Windows 7 password with no diskk is to use a Windows Password recovery program. While there are many in the market, very few are actually as effective in terms of success rate than Passper WinSenior. The program is designed to make it easy for you to either reset or remove a password from any Windows account. It works when you use it to create a bootable disk that you can then use to recover the password. Some of the features that make it one of the most effective include the following:

  • There are 2 methods to burn the reset diskk: via USB or DVD. Thus you can recover Windows 7 password with USB Flash Drive if you don't have a diskk in hand.

  • It is very useful in helping you recover Windows 7 password without having to reformat or reinstall the operating system.

  • It can recover or reset any password regardless of the reason why you were locked out of your computer. Therefore, it may be useful if you've been locked out of your computer, you've lost access to a Windows account or even when you don't have permission to delete the user account.

  • It is also very easy to use and highly intuitive. In a few simple steps, you can create the bootable disk and recover the password.

  • It has a 100% success rate which means that it works every time. That's because it utilizes more advanced technology to remove or reset a password than its competitors.

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Here's how you can use WinSenior to Reset or Remove the Windows 7 Password.

Step 1: Install Passper WinSenior on a computer you have access to and then launch the program. The first step is to create the bootable disk. WinSenior will allow you to choose the type of disk you want to use. Select CD/DVD or USB and insert it into the computer. You need to choose USB if you don't have a diskk. Then click "Create" to begin the process.

choose cd usb

Step 2: In the popup that appears, click on "Continue" to confirm the burning. Eject the USB when the burning is complete.

format prompt

Step 3: Now insert the bootable disk into the locked computer and then follow the instructions that appear on the screen to enter the boot menu.

boot menu key

Step 4: Once you're in the boot menu, choose the option "Reset Windows Password" and then click on "Next".

choose a task

Step 5: Choose the user account that you want to change the password for and then click on "Next". Enter the new password and then click on "Reset".

choose user account

Step 6: You should receive a notification confirming that the password has been reset. Click on "Reboot Computer", eject the bootable disk and then click on "Reboot Now". Once the computer restarts, use the new password to unlock it.

successfully reset password

3. Reset Windows 7 Password via Chntpw

You can also use Chntpw, a free Linux utility that can help you reset the Windows 7 user password without disk. Here's how to use it to reset the Windows 7 Password.

Step 1: Burn a copy of the Ubuntu ISO image onto a USB drive or CD/DVD. You can find it on Ubuntu's official website here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

Step 2: Boot your computer using the bootable disk you just created.

Step 3: If you can, open the terminal window and run the following command.

sudo apt-get install chntpw

Step 4: Locate the drive that contains the Windows Installation and note down the disk identifier.

Step 5: Type in cd/media/ (your disk identifier number) and then hit Enter.

Step 6: Now Type in cd Windows/System/config/ and hit enter.

Step 7: Finally type in sudo chntpw SAM and press enter. You should see a menu with all user accounts. The default is administrator. Type 1 and then enter to clear the password.

chntpw

4. Reset Windows 7 with No Disk in Safe Mode

You can also use the Windows in-built safe mode to reset the password in Windows 7 with no disk. Here's how to do it.

Step 1: Restart the computer while booting press "F8" to enter the "Advanced Boot Options".

Step 2: Use the arrow keys to select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and then press "Enter" to select it.

safe mode with command prompt

Step 3: This will open the command prompt window where you can go ahead and change the password. Type in Net User " Username " New Password (with new password indicating the password you'd like to use).

enter new password

Step 4: Wait until the screen says "The command completed successfully" before trying to log in to Windows 7 with the new password.

command completed successfully

5. Reset Windows 7 Password Using Startup Repair

A startup repair may also help you reset the Windows 7 admin password even if you don't have the password reset disk. Here's how to do it.

Step 1: Turn on or restart the computer and then while the computer is still booting, hold down the power button for 5 seconds. This will force a shutdown.

Step 2: Start the computer again and this time you should see the option of "Launch Startup Repair (recommended). Click on it to select it.

launch startup repair

Step 3: After a while, you should see a popup asking if you want to restore the computer to a previous point. Click "Cancel".

cancel system restore

Step 4: A full scan and repair process will begin. If you see a notification saying "Startup cannot repair this computer automatically", click on "View Problem details".

view problem detail

Step 5: Scroll all the way to the bottom of the report and click on the "offline privacy statement" link which should open on Notepad.

offline privacy statement

Step 6: On the Notepad file, click on "File " Open" and in the popup that appears, change the "Files of Type" option to "All Files" and choose the sethc.exe path

Step 7: Rename it to "sethc-copy" to create a backup file.

Step 8: In the same folder, find cmd.exe or cmd and rename it to sethc.exe

rename sethc file

Step 9: Save and restart the computer but hold down the shift key 5 times during the restart to open command prompt.

Step 10: In the command prompt window, replace the username and password: net user "username" "new password"

enter new password

Step 11: Close the command prompt window and log into Windows with the new password. You should now change the sethc.exe back to cmd.exe.

6. Remove Windows 7 Password by Reinstalling OS

If none of the above solutions work, your only option would be reinstall the OS. Reinstalling the OS should be a last resort since it always means that you'll lose all data on the computer. But sometimes it is the only way to reset a Windows 7 password with no dick.

reinstall windows 7 system
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By Ronnie Barnes to Windows 7

Posted on May 31, 2019 ( Updated: May 31, 2019 )

Ronnie Barnes, a blogger with more than 5-year experience in writing tips about password recovery for Windows and office files.