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