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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

How to Reset your Windows Vista Password easily?

Many a times you would have been caught up in an awkward situation where you have forgotten or simply mis-placed your Windows Vista Password. So here's how you can easily reset your Windows Vista Password, I'll touch upon two methods on how you can achieve it.

The easy method :
Download a piece of software from Petter Nordhal-Hagen’s website. But, before that be warned that this method involves the manipulating of Vista's SAM database which is always a bit risky. You will need to create a boot disk (CD) from the downloaded software and this will then help you to manipulate the Vista's SAM database.

I would like to re-assure you at this point that I have had to use this cool tool a couple of times on a Windows 2000 Server Box before and have never had any problem :) . Since, the new version of this cool software supports Windows Vista - so I can recomend the same.

The harder method:
In this method you will need to have a Windows Vista Password Reset Disk handy which will enable you to reset your password easily. But the point to note is that you should have created a Vista Password Reset Disk earlier in the first place.

This is how you can create a Vista Password Reset Disk:
  • In the Vista's Start Menu search box type the word "user accounts". Click on the User Accounts Panel which will open.
  • Click on the option Create a password reset disk found on the left navigation bar (The first one on the left - below Tasks).
  • Run the Forgotten Password Wizard which will open. Insert a floppy disk or a USB memory disk.
  • After you have inserted the storage device click on the Next button. Select your drive and then Next.
  • Now you'll need to type your current Vista user account password and click Next.
  • That's it the password reset disk will be created.
  • Now keep the Vista Password Reset Disk in a safe location.
When you have forgotten your Vista Password - type the wrong password and press Enter.
  • Just below the Error Message you will have a link saying Reset password. Click that link and follow the instructions. You're done!!


  1. Anonymous said,

    i resently bought a laptop from a friend who doesnt know the password to get in to vista theres no other useraccounts or even an option for it how would i get to the start up screen if i dont know the password???????

    on 9/11/2009 10:24 AM

  2. Unknown said,

    HI, Easy way can succed save time.
    1. Restart your machine tap the f8 key while its rebooting and a black screen will come up asking how you want to start the computer.
    2. Choose start in safe mode
    3. Hopefully you will see an account called "Administrator" (you wouldn't see it when you load windows normally).
    4. Depending on who set your computer up, the admin account is often not password protected so click and log in
    5. One your in, go to the control panel (Start Menu -> Control Panel) and click "Users and Accounts"
    6. From here you can change or remove your password for the other account. Once you have restart the computer normally and login with your actual account!

    However if you do not see the Admin account you will need to try the Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 to do some password recovery.

    on 5/20/2010 8:33 AM