The easiest way to reset a forgotten Windows password is to use a previously created password reset disk. But most people, including me, don’t plan ahead for losing passwords. If you haven’t created such a reset disk, don’t worry! Here is a simple way to reset lost Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista password with the Utilman.exe trick.
How It Works?
Windows displays an Ease of Access button at the bottom left corner of the login screen. When clicked, this button opens the Utilman.exe program, allowing you to start accessibility utilities.
If you replace the Utilman.exe file with cmd.exe, you can then launch the Command Prompt from Windows login screen, and type the net user command to reset a forgotten user password easily!
Reset Lost Windows Password
Here you might ask: How do I replace the Utilman.exe file when I was completely locked out of my computer? Well, this can be done from a bootable Windows PE USB drive or by using Windows installation DVD. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to reset forgotten Windows password with a install DVD:
- Boot your computer using your Windows installation disc. Once the message “Press any key to boot from CD…..” appears, press Enter to continue.
- When you get to the “Windows Setup” or “Install Windows” screen, press Shift + F10 key combination to launch the Command Prompt.
- Type these commands, one by one, and press Enter after each. This will make a backup of Utilman.exe, and replace Ultilman.exe with cmd.exe.
12copy c:\windows\system32\Utilman.exe c:\copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\Utilman.exe
- Now close the Command Prompt, and cancel the Windows Setup. Eject the installation disc and reboot your computer.
- There’s nothing to do here but wait for your computer to restart. When the Windows login screen appears, click on the Ease of Access button, a little icon on the bottom-left of your screen.
- Based on the commands that we used in the previous step, this will open a Command Prompt window instead of the Ease of Access menu. To reset an existing user password, we need type the command below. In this example, we will be changing Tom‘s password to “123“.
1net user Tom 123
- Exit the Command Prompt. You should be able to log in with this new password straight away. That’s it – you have successfully reset your lost Windows password.