I Forgot My Windows Password!

Posted on Feb 22 2008 - 5:03pm by Russ

Forgot Password

For some reason we get this question quite a bit, “I forgot my windows password, how do I recover my forgotten password?”

I will assume you have already exhausted all of the obvious means of password recovery. Now down to the software tech route. First off, much props to Ophcrack for doing all the hard work. Read on and watch video for details.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Download the Ophcrack LiveCD
  2. Burn an ISO image file disk. (How to burn an ISO image file to a CD or DVD)
  3. Make sure your boot order has the CD or DVD drive before the hard drive (this is usually the standard setup)
  4. Reboot your pc with the CD/DVD in the drive.
  5. Ophcrack does the rest… sit back and wait for the password to be revealed.

28 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. MattBattles February 22, 2008 at 5:05 pm -

    No mention of the bad things you can do with this software???

  2. Haxx0r by Nature February 23, 2008 at 11:41 pm -

    Stuff works, and the price is right. Cant beat free. Here is a powertip 🙂 Some people use SAME password for different applications, not just their login but their email, their MySpace account, and (say it aint so) their online bank, etc… So make sure you CHANGE UP YER PASSWORDS.

  3. MikeHarmon February 23, 2008 at 11:45 pm -

    I hate when this happens

  4. talentet April 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm -

    i have tried but when im almost finished i get video mode not supported just right before the password screen shows up. what can i do?

  5. Gadget King April 8, 2008 at 5:58 pm -

    Sounds like it goes to a different resolution than your monitor supports. Chances are you are using an LCD… right? If so, try using a CRT (the big old TV looking type) monitor…. they tend to support more resolutions. Good luck

  6. talentet April 9, 2008 at 3:12 am -

    okey thx:)

  7. Dani May 14, 2008 at 9:51 am -

    I have Dell computer that I used for about 3 years. and I forgot the password. I tried many methods to open it but It Doesn’t. so how can I open the computer with out loosing my document that I have on it ?

    thanks for you answer.

  8. Gadget King May 14, 2008 at 1:24 pm -

    Dani – you could always put the hard drive in another computer as a SECONDARY DRIVE and get your data off of the computer. Then you can move the hard drive back to the old computer after you have secured the data. Reformat the system and reload the operating system and move the data back over. Good luck!

  9. Dani May 19, 2008 at 7:45 am -

    thank you Godget king.

  10. TREY November 14, 2008 at 8:20 am -

    Hey I burned the ISO file and inserted into the laptop…Its a vista basic….it just goes straight to the password login screen??

  11. unlock-password January 5, 2009 at 12:06 am -

    Forgot Your Windows Password?
    A lot of people think that after having lost their Windows admin password, they absolutely have

    to reinstall their OS. Let me tell you something: They are wrong!

    The program that I recommend is the first one, it is very easy to create a
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  12. windows March 4, 2009 at 3:35 pm -

    Forgot Your Windows Password?
    A lot of people think that after having lost their Windows admin password, they absolutely have to reinstall their OS. Let me tell you something: They are wrong! Here I’m posting a few methods / utilities which can be used to recover Windows password:

    1st Method:

    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 ++ 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.

    2th Method:

    There are many 3rd party utilities which claim to recover forgotten Windows password:

    Windows Password Recovery Tool Service: windowspasswordsrecovery.com

    WWindows Password Recovery Tool is a program that works instantly to remove any lost or forgotten password. Simply boot your PC from the supplied Boot CD, and get access to forgotten Windows and administrator passwords in just seconds. Their method is so much faster/easier, and works great!


  13. OnTheCheap March 5, 2009 at 10:31 am -

    Awesome post GK! I find it funny seeing all the freaking parasites post their stupid pay-to-use shit apps in this thread… Why would anyone go to their site if this article shows you how to do it for free?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  14. Linky Wu November 1, 2009 at 5:15 pm -

    If you forget the administrator's password but still can log on Windows with other user names that have administrative privileges, you may follow the instructions below:

    Right click the computer icon on your desktop, select Manage, find Local Users and Groups, unfold Users folder, right click Administrator, click Set password, in the menu comes up. Click Proceed in the dialog, in the pop-up, enter a New Password and confirm it. Your administrator's password is successfully reset.

    Guest account may help to log onto Windows, but it has no privilege for you to do the above to reset the administrator's password.

    If you forgot all user passwords and failed to log onto Windows, there is no other way but to format the OS and reinstall Windows, or resort to sort of software tools to remove the password and log onto Windows. These programs cost some bucks, but are worthy and better than to reinstall the OS causing consequences. The most popular programs are Windows Password Reset 6.0 etc. Generally, these programs are easy to use though turn out to be a scary command prompt to newbie. But do relax and you can fully manipulate. Let's take Windows Password Reset 6.0 for example. You prepare a blank CD, burn the program onto the CD, boot the locked computer from the CD, come to initiate the program, locate the user name, and proceed to remove its password "“ all are at ease.

  15. kevin December 1, 2009 at 8:11 pm -

    I have downloaded windows password key 8.0. It is a very quick and useful utility for resetting passwords. It not only supports XP, 2000, and NT, I have personally tested it with Vista Home Premium and Ultimate. It works perfectly to reset any local user account to a blank password.
    Just an easy to use bootable CD/DVD . It can also be used on a USB Flash Drive. http://www.lostwindowspassword.com/

  16. happykaka December 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm -

    Free trail Windows Password Recovery Tool—Windows Password Unlocker is highly recommended
    1.Download Windows Password Unlocker from Password Unlocker Official site
    2.Decompress the Windows password unlocker and note that there is an .ISO image file. Burn the image file onto an blank CD with the burner freely supported by Password Unlocker.
    3.Insert the newly created CD into the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.
    4.After launched the CD, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts) select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, you have removed the password.

  17. PWRecovery December 24, 2009 at 5:13 pm -

    Forgot or lost Windows password? reset Windows 7 password with Password Unlocker Bundle, one of whose functions is to recover windows password for Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows Vista, Windows 7. ect. This password recovery Bundle is based on friendly GUI, even a computer novice can control the whole process freely. Besides, password unlocker bundle saves a lot trouble. It helps to create a windows password reset CD, with which, you can remove the admin password even you have logged out the computer, yet no reinstalling, no data loss!
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  18. tinker January 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm -

    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 “Any Windows Password Recovery 3.0 “. Maybe this could help you.

  19. Chris January 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm -

    You can reset windows user account password in safe mode(F8 when booting up). But if you forgot administrator password, you must reinstall windows OS or use windows password recovery disk. http://www.windowsloginrecovery.com

  20. Sally February 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm -

    My friend told me a professional windows password recovery software—password genius. it can solve the problem easily .I could not wait to have a try and I was astounded to find it can empty the previous password without erasing anything!try it.
    Check this out: http://www.password-genius.com/how-to/how-to-get-in-my-computer-when-i-forget-my-windows-login-password.html

  21. gadget king April 8, 2010 at 11:34 am -

    listen to windows he can provide good advice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!listen to him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. jim May 3, 2010 at 11:08 pm -

    If you lost windows password. I found a windows password reset tool. you can wrote it to an blank CD or USB flash drive to reset administrator password. Booting up and clearing a password takes a minute or two works like a charm.
    more info: http://snurl.com/passwordtool

  23. zhing June 29, 2010 at 11:19 pm -

    I have locked out of my computer for a while,and have tried everything i could do but failed.Until I found this great tool Windows Password Key 8.0 as recommend above.It works great,Such a marvellous and useful tool

  24. Mark August 25, 2010 at 12:39 am -

    As far as i know,You can reset windows user account password in safe mode(F8 when booting up). But if you forgot administrator password, you must reinstall windows OS or use windows password recovery disk.

  25. mark October 29, 2010 at 1:45 am -

    I have downloaded windows password Recovery Basic. It is a very quick and useful utility for recovering passwords. Just an easy to use bootable CD/DVD . It can also be used on a USB Flash Drive. http://www.windowspasswordrecovery.net/

  26. Brett November 19, 2010 at 12:25 am -

    The best solution I found was to use the Winlogon Password Reset(link below), it got me in seamlessly and there were absolutely no problems.

  27. Paul January 30, 2011 at 8:36 am -

    I reset my Vista password about a month ago before going away on vacation. I didn’t need the password
    for an entire month until last night and I could NOT remember it for the life of me.
    Found the Windows Password Resetter 1.7 and within 5 min I was back in!!

  28. feedleo June 20, 2011 at 5:24 am -


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