Forgot your Windows Password?

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windows password reset toolIt happens to many of us. We just forget what we used to log in to our windows machine. Maybe you changed your password recently and just don’t remember. No worries, there are methods to get your password back. First, if you happen to be reading this and have not yet forgotten your password, then you are lucky and have a very easy tool to build and use for later if you do forget it. That tool is the Windows Password Reset Disk.  Here are the steps to take, and although it might seem like a lot to do, this really only takes about 5 or 6 minutes.

Click on Start and then Control Panel in Windows 7

Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.

Note: If you’re viewing the Large icons or Small iconsview of control panel, you won’t see this link. Simply double-click on the User Accounts icon and proceed to Step 4.

Click on the User Accounts link.

Important: Before you proceed, make sure have some kind of portable media to create a password reset disk on. This means that you will need a  flash drive or a floppy disk drive and blank floppy disk (yes, old school floppies) because you will not be able to create a Windows 7 password reset disk on a CD, DVD, or external hard drive.

In the task pane on the left, click the Create a password reset disk link.

Note: Did you get a “No Drive” warning message? If so, you do not have a floppy disk or USB flash drive connected. You’ll need to do this before continuing.

When the Forgotten Password Wizard window appears, click Next

In the I want to create a password key disk in the following drive: drop down box, choose the portable media drive to create a Windows 7 password reset disk on.

Click Next to continue.

With the disk or other media still in the drive, enter your current account password in the text box and click Next.

Windows 7 will now create the password reset disk on your chosen media.

When the progress indicator shows 100% complete, click Next and then click Finish in the next window.

You can now remove the flash drive or floppy disk from your computer.

Label the disk or flash drive “Windows 7 Password Reset” and store it in a safe place.

Now if you’re coming across this article and have already lost or forgotten a password and cannot create the password recovery disk, then let’s talk about the next best option. Ophcrack makes a tool that is called a live CD. Then means you download the ISO image, burn it to a CD and boot your computer to the CD. The tool then goes through the process of trying to crack any passwords it can to give you access back into your computer. To download the tool you can click here and you can click here for instructions on how to use this tool

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