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Windows 7: Password Reset

07 Apr 2012   #60


Thank you very much

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28 Jul 2012   #61

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
How to Reset a Windows Password in Regedit at Boot

I have followed the steps as given twice but on each occasion my computer rebooted to Windows login and did not open a Command window so that I could reset my password.

I had the hard drive of my HP Pavilion dv7 replaced because I received a warning notification that the drive was going to crash. When I received the computer the first thing I did was remove Office 2010 preloaded software and Norton software. Then I tried to to a Windows update but received a message that the service was not active. After looking on the web for solutions and trying the Recovery Disk I created when I first bought the computer and having no luck I decided to use restore the System Image I created when I first purchased the computer. Unfortunately, I created the system image after assigning a password to the Windows login. I've tried all the passwords I might have created based on the hint that I set and all other passwords I have used in the past years but with no luck.

I'm looking for a way to reset the password so that I see if this image of the software on my computer will function.

Will appreciate any help.
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28 Jul 2012   #62

Windows 10 Workstation x64

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30 Jul 2012   #63

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
How to Reset a Windows Password in Regedit at Boot

Thanks you. It took several attempts with different software to create the bootable disc but finally I've had success and I'm back in my computer.

I don't think I'm out of the woods yet but that is another Thread topic.
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25 Sep 2012   #64

ultimate x64

there is also another way:
follow the same procedeure for booting with a windows install disk.
use the command line option from the start up disk.

Find out where your windows drive is. it wont be c: most of the time im not shure why. i use notepad.exe from the command line and click open to browse the files

in the %systemroot%\windows\system32 folder there is a file called sethc.exe. move this file to another folder so you dont loose it this is the file for sticky keys. next rename cmd.exe to sethc.exe in the system32 folder. next restart your computer and at the logon screen press the shift key 5 times. it will open a command prompt where you can change your password using the net user command in step 12 above.

you can either use the notepad to rename the files or the xcopy command like this:

move the file to the root
xcopy f:\windows\system32 sethc.exe f:\
rename cmd.exe
xcopy f:\windows\system32 cmd.exe sethc.exe

ive been using this trick for a while and i dont have to mess with the registry
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23 Nov 2012   #65

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

Love you for this awesome tutorial.I googled a lot about this problem, went through several forums,videos,blogs posts how to's even tried a few tutorials from sevenforums as well but to no avail.
If anyone you ever forget your password and tries to access windows 7 administrative account without having a password reset key.This is your solution

Once again a very very special thanks to you my BARE FOOT KID.Keep posting great tuts.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2013   #66

Win 7 Home 64

Was locked out of my Win 7 Home because I forgot the login password.

Spend the last 4 hours burning boot disks from Iso's, trying lots of ideas, to no avail.


I registered to the forum to make this one post in absolute appreciation for "Bare Foot Kid", who saved my bacon.

Thanks again.
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06 Jan 2013   #67
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

and welcome to the forum!
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08 Jan 2013   #68
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello MiketheTyke, welcome to Seven Forums and I'm glad it was a help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2013   #69

Windows 7

Thanks alot
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