For this to work there must already be a valid restore point created to use from the last successful log on.
If you don't have a proper Windows installation disk, then you can create a System Repair Disk that can be used to reset your user account password in Windows 7.
A System Restore will affect all users on the computer, and also uninstall programs and drivers that were installed after the date of the selected restore point.
Let's get Started!
1) The Boot Priority in the BIOS needs to be set to boot first from the optical drive, insert your Windows disk and re-start the PC, when you see "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" press the space bar.
2) After the initial "Windows is loading files" select your language, time and keyboard preferences and click next, then select "Repair your computer", then it'll do some searching then choose "Syetem Restore".
3) Remember you must select the restore point before you started experiencing the issues; once you have selected the correct restore point you'll be presented with one last chance before the restore begins, when you are sure everything is correct click next then finish.
4) When the System Restore "checkup" completes you'll get a "Confirm your Restore Point" window, click finish then yes to the next wimdow, then you will need to restart the machine to complete the process.
5) When the PC restarts remember you MUST use the password that was active for the Restore Point that you went back to. After Windows restarts you'll get a "System Restore Completed Successfully" window, just click close.
6) You may need to add back any programs and/or any Windows Updates that may have been removed during the restore process, you may also need to reset any personal settings that may have been changed but none of your personal documents or files will have been removed.
System Manufacturer/Model Number Toshiba Satellite S875D-S7239 laptop OS MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit CPU AMD A10-4600M Motherboard AMD Pumori (Socket FT1) Memory 6.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-12-28) Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 7660G Sound Card High Definition Audio Device Monitor(s) Displays Generic PnP Monitor (1600x900@60Hz) Screen Resolution 1600x900@60Hz
Keyboard Standard PS/2 Keyboard Mouse HP Wireless Optical Mobile Mouse Model FHA-3410 Hard Drives SSD 119GB Corsair CSSD-V128GB2 ATA Device Internet Speed What the local pub, local coffee shop offers. Other Info Optical Drive:MATSHITA BD-CMB UJ160B ATA Device
Also have an Asus ha1002xp netbook with Win 7 Ultimate installed.
System Manufacturer/Model Number "WartHog Wonder" OS Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 CPU AMD Phenom II X4, 945, Quad Core, 3.0 GHz Motherboard Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H Memory 8GB G.Skill PI Black PC2 6400 * 4-4-4-12 @1.9v Graphics Card NVIDIA 512MB 9600GT Sound Card Realtek ALC889A Chipset (onboard) Monitor(s) Displays 2 x 22" Hans-G LCD Screen Resolution 1680x1050
Keyboard Dell SK-8115 Mouse Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 3000 PSU OCZ 700w GameXstream Case Cooler Master CM 690 Midtower Cooling Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 CPU Cooler, Assorted 120mm case fans Hard Drives 650GB 7200RPM WD Caviar Black Other Info Liteon iHAS 424-98B 24x DVD/CD Writer
Not having a password reset disk and/or a 2nd administrator account with a password that's easy to remember is about as intelligent as only having one set of keys for your car or house. Seems unnecessary until you need it, but then you really need it.