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12 Nov 2009

Ophcrack is a very quick and useful utility for recovering passwords. Just an easy to use Live CD. It can also be used on a USB Stick

Posted by:

Lee McIntyre
12 Nov 2009

Given that the Windows login password is so easily bypassed, is there any reason to use one, assuming you have no concerns about small children in the home, etc.? (It's just my wife and me.)

EDITOR'S NOTE: I think it's reasonable to assume that 99.99% of people don't know about this password reset trick. And even if someone does know, it can't be done on the sly, since it does change the user's password. I'd still have a password, since it might deter a housekeeper, plumber, or burglar.

Posted by:

12 Nov 2009

Thanks very much for addressing this question, Bob!

One additional question - I notice that you mention a "Copying files" step above after starting to run the Windows XP setup disc. If we use this method, will our existing documents be retained? Or will they be erased by the re-install process? My hunch is that they won't be wiped, but I just wanted to confirm.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Rest easy, no files will be wiped out.

Posted by:

12 Nov 2009

An eye opener!

Posted by:

12 Nov 2009

It always seems a nonsense to me to actually have a password if there are so many ways of re-setting or getting past it!

Posted by:

13 Nov 2009

Went to forgotten password wizard in Vista. It wants me to choose a drive F, G, or H. My CD burner is Drive E. What to do?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Hmmm... what are your F/G/H drives?

Posted by:

13 Nov 2009

If windows is running and the "start" image appears at the left bottom corner, click on "start" and press "run".enter the command nusrmgr.cpl.You can change not only your password, but those of ALL OTHER USERS !!

Posted by:

victor emmanuel
16 Nov 2009

Hi Bobs! Thanks for your article, they are always worth reading. I know and use a very good one called EBCD (Emergency Boot CD) see or It's a linux based Live CD. I downloaded mine when it was free but now i think u need to pay some tokens to get. Mine can't reset Vista password but the one on their site now should and they have a good support team. There are many other ones but I am yet to try them but am very ok with EBCD.


Love your articles,

Your reader from Nigeria.

Posted by:

18 Nov 2009

This is an awesome tool.It resets your password on Windows using USB Drive

Posted by:

10 Dec 2009

1. Log onto a computer that can link to the Internet. Download Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 from for Windows XP, Vista, 2003, 2000, 2008 and decompress it on that PC. Note that: there is a .ISO file. Burn the .ISO file to a CD.
2.Get out the newly created CD and insert it to the locked computer. IT IS SHAREWARE.
3.Re-boot the locked computer and then follow the process of instructions. Just after a few steps, the old password will be removed.
4.Set new password:
Step 1: Open the "Control Panel
Step 2: Click the "User Account
Step 3: Select the account you wanna set a new password.
Step 4: Click "Changing Account " and "Set Up Password", then fill out the form as listed. Click "Create Password".

Posted by:

Linky Wu
21 Dec 2009

I just found something about windows password reset methods.
It also support windows 7 password reset
Those all are free and very helpful!

Posted by:

Glenn P.
24 Jan 2010

You wrote:

> "Password resetting was not built into Windows prior to Vista."

This is INCORRECT. Windows XP Pro DOES HAVE PROVISION for a Password Reset Disk! I KNOW this, for I'm ON WinXP Pro, and I've DONE it! You must have an Administrator-level account for this to work, however.

Here's how to create one:

1. Go to Control Panel.

2. Click on "User Accounts" from among the categories given.

3. Click on "User Accounts" AGAIN, this time in the "User Accounts" section (!).

4. Under "Pick an account to change", click on your account.

5. The "What do you want to change about your account?" dialog opens. In the "Related Tasks" box in the upper-left corner, click on the line that reads "Prevent a forgotten password."

6. The Forgotten Password Wizard opens. Follow the directions (you'll need a floppy disk).

Enjoy eating your Crow, you silly ole Rankin you!!! :)

Posted by:

Glenn P.
09 Feb 2010

Thanks to Process Explorer, I've determined that
another, shorter and more direct -- but much more complicated -- way to accomplish the same thing is to type in (or better still, copy-&-paste) the following line into your Start menu's "Run" dialog (even if it word-wraps here, it needs to be all on one line -- note, there IS a space between the ".exe" and the "keymgr", and also one between "ExW" and "User" -- but NOT between "Wizard" and "ExW"):

"C:\WINDOWS\System32\rundll32.exe" keymgr.dll,PRShowSaveWizardExW User Accounts

And, yes, you CAN paste the above line into a Windows shortcut (I just tried it!), which in turn means you put an option for it just about anywhere, your DeskTop or Start Menu included!

Hope this helps -- Enjoy!!! :)

Posted by:

26 Apr 2010

The first thing which you check if you forget login password. When we install Windows, it automatically creates an account “Administrator” and sets its password to blank. So if you have forget Your user account password then try this:
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.

Windows XP and further versions also provide another method to recover forgotten Password by using “Reset Disk”. If you created a Password Reset Disk in Past, you can use that disk to reset the password. To know more about It, please visit:

Posted by:

12 Jun 2010

Gaining access to an acount or computer if you have lost the windwos password is not very difficult.In fact,it is easy if you have windows password key 8.0 which can be download from

As a system administrator,I have tried a couple of these utilities through the years and this is my favorite.

Posted by:

Paul Mayer
02 Jul 2010

Your best is to rememeber your password! If you really can not reset your windows admin password, I recommend a free download called Reset Windows Password 1.3 at

It is very useful for novice! Hope it helps! You simply do as follows:

Step one – Download the program (not free, but worth it)
Step two – Burn your Reset Windows Password 1.3 CD:To burn your CD, you’ll need a blank CD-R and the .ISO file of Reset Windows Password 1.3.
Step three – Put in your newly created CD and remove your Windows password.

If having some questions,you can read carefully:

Posted by:

17 Jul 2010

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Posted by:

27 Jul 2010

I know a simple way to reset windows password to blank when you forgot administrator password,it need not to reinstall windows OS,and wont loss any data,by using the Windows Password Reset Kit 1.5. Maybe this could help you.

Posted by:

26 Aug 2010

Wow,I know something good for you:

Posted by:

29 Nov 2010

Have you tried starting up in safe mode (F8)
If you can get in that way you might be able to make a new administrator account, then try starting up as normal and logging into the new account. Or else, you need to use some password recovery tools to help you solve the problem.

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