A Step by Step Guide: How to Reset a Windows Password

12 Apr

A Step by Step Guide: How to Reset a Windows Password

The fast-paced world has also given us more reasons to be cautious and set passwords on every account and personal devices. Not having a Windows 7 password might be a security concern in the future as anyone in your home or office can have full access to everything from business to personal stuff. Setting a Windows password is simple. It can easily be set through the Control Panel on the User Accounts and Family Safety link. If in case you forget or you need to reset the password, here’s a step-by-step instruction using a Windows installation CD. To explain quickly, the commands below are for overwriting the sticky shift executable.

  1. Boot the PC with the Windows installation disc.
  1. There will be some loading time and then, click on “Repair your computer” on the lower left-hand corner.
  1. Several options will show but you need to go to “Command Prompt”
  1. The command prompt window will appear for which you have to use C or the drive location of your windows. Type this on the window: copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\ and then press Enter. The words “1 file<s> copied.” should appear immediately.
  1. Type again: copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe to which the PC will respond “Overwrite c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe?” You need only to press Enter for Yes, and then the words “1 file<s> copied.” will appear.
  1. Exit the command window and reboot your PC. Once you see the login screen, press the SHIFT key five times. An administration command window will open. It’s in this window that you can reset your password.
  1. Type net user (your user name) (your password). Example, if one wants to use sexygeek as my user name and 1234 as my password, one should type this on the command prompt: net user sexygeek 1234.
  1. Exit the command prompt and continue to log in using the new password.
  1. Password recovery is simpler using password crackers. These tools are free and one simply needs to download and save it on a CD. When recovering a password, just boot the PC with the CD. The program will track the user accounts then proceeds to recover all passwords. Each program may work slightly differently. There are programs that merely erase a Windows password. After which you can set a new one upon regaining access to your personal computer.

ByMichael Gilmore

Gilmore's research interests include social studies, law, technology and IT. He worked a lot in the field of jurisprudence. Gilmore also actively participates in the creation of technology and design for mobile phones and laptops, starting in 2012.