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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Reset Windows user password without original install disk

I rarely boot up into my Windows 7 partition, as most of my work is done under Ubuntu.  However, the occasional time arises where I must do the inevitable.  I had been using my fingerprint reader to login since my original password was long forgotten from when I originally set it.  Typically, one may reset a forgotten password by booting from the install CD or from a USB drive with Windows on it, but I recently came across a way to reset my user account's password without using the original install disk or a USB flash drive.  This method requires that you are already logged in to the computer.  If you have a fingerprint reader, this is easy, or if you have another account, just log in with that one.  If you do not have a way to log in, you must use the CD / USB method.

  1. Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right-click Command Prompt and Run as Administrator
    1. An alternate method is to search for cmd in the "Search programs and files" on the Start menu.
  2. This will open a terminal window, in which you will type:  set username
  3. Use the username it shows in the following command: net user username *
  4. You will prompted two times to enter a password.  Once the password is reset, it will say The command completed successfully.
  5. The password has now been successfully changed.

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