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Everything is not lost if you have forget you Windows admin password. You can log into Windows even if there is only one admistrative account on your PC and you have forget your password. Though, it may be scary news from a security point of view, but there are valid reasons of using the tricks below to log into your Windows. Below written tricks will not let a criminal to log in without your consent (the password is changed, not revealed) or access your encrypted data. Means, encrypting your sensitive files also provides you more security.


Below the instruction are given for Windows 7 and Windows 10 and Windows 8 users can follow the Windows 10 instructions for the same purpose.

Windows 10

It is most likely that your Windows 10 user account will be connected to your online Microsoft.com account. If so, it will be easy and arguably more secure to replace a forgotten password.

On another machine, access the Microsoft’s Sign in page and provide your correct email address and click on the option Can’t access your account.

Next follow the wizard and prove your identity by providing the right answers of the questions and phone numbers which you have provided at the point while creating the account.  Eventually, you’ll be prompt to create a new password.

This trick won’t work if you took the pains of creating a local account. In that case, follow the Windows 7 instructions provided bellow except a few exceptions like:

  • Boot from a Windows 10 Recovery Drive and use that to get to the command line.
  • In the lower-right corner between the Power and Connect to Internet icons, there is an ease of access icon.

Windows 7

For logging into Windows, a Windows 7 System Repair Disc will be required. You can use one created on someone else’s Windows 7 computer, but you just need to keep in mind that one should not be a 64-bit and the other of 32-bit machine.

Boot from the System Repair Disc to change the password. Press any key when it asks to do so.

Eventually you’ll see the System Recovery Options screen. Note the location of operating system; it might be C:, or D:, or whatever. Click on the button “Next”.

At the next page, click on the option Command Prompt.

Once the command prompt is open, type each of these lines written below and press Enter key after typing each line. Replace the x written in the first line with the location of the operating system.

  • x:
  • cd windows\system32
  • ren utilman.exe utilhold.exe
  • copy cmd.exe utilman.exe
  • exit

Now remove the disc and reboot.

To bring up a command prompt, click the Ease of access icon in the lower-left corner at the log-on screen.

Within that command prompt, type new user username and newpassword to replace username with your current username (it’s clearly visible on the screen), and replace newpassword with the new password whatever you want to set.

Finally, close the command prompt and log in with the new password you have just created.

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