Forgetting your Windows administrator login password. With no way to get into the system, you can’t even perform basic maintenance, let alone a thorough tune-up. Formatting is always an option, but we consider that a last resort.
(Plus, guess who’s going to have to help reinstall all the programs lost after a wipe?) But all hope is not lost.
There are a few ways (only for Windows 2000/XP with your account having admin privileges) to actually retrieve a lost Windows account password. Read on...
1. 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:
a. Start system and when you see Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press ctrl+alt+del keys twice.
It'll show Classic Login box.
Type "Administrator" (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank.
Press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows.
b. Now you can reset your account password from "Control Panel -> User Accounts".
2. Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen.
There are a lot of Windows password revealers and crackers available, but we’ve found that Windows Password Recovery Tool is the most effective.:
1. Windows Password Reset Tool is one of the easiest password recovery tools to use. It allows you to reset a user account password, including the Administrator password. It is also a relatively small download.
You need a second computer that can link to Internet and blank CD. Do the following:
a. Login to a second computer that can link to Internet. Download Windows Password Unlocker 4.0 and decompress it on that PC. Note that: there is a .ISO file. Burn the .ISO file to a CD.
b. Get out the newly created CD and insert it to the locked computer.
c. Re-boot the locked computer and then followed the process of instructions. Just a few steps, the old password was removed.
d. Remove the CD and login to the computer with no need of password.