How To Recover/Reset Windows XP/Vista/7 Password
Did you just set a new Windows XP/Vista/7 user account password and can’t remember it for the love of god? You have come to the right place. Although, recovering or resetting a Windows user account password is a bit tricky, it is entirely possible. Don’t be fooled into paying for something like this. Here are three free and straight forward techniques to recover your Windows XP/Vista/7 password.
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor is a live Linux distribution, which can be used to reset your Windows user account password. Here is what you need to do:
Download and burn the ISO image to create a bootable media (CD/DVD).
Boot from the media created in the previous step. Once you have successfully booted, you will be asked to select the appropriate Windows installation. Do so.
Now you will be prompted to enter the registry location. Press Enter to select the default value.
Pick option 1, which is to reset the password.
Select the user account you are interested in. Simply hitting Enter will select the Administrator account.
Select option 1 to just set a blank password. Option 2 is not recommended since it has a lower success rate.
Save changes (option 1) and restart to boot into Windows.
A more detailed walkthrough is available here.
Trinity Rescue Kit
Trinity Rescue Kit is also a Linux distro. It packs in several additional features, but the password reset tool, which we are concerned with, works in a similar manner to Offline NT Password & Registry Editor. Type winpass -u Administrator in the terminal to begin the process. Replace Administrator with the user account you are interested in. If you get stuck, refer to the video guide prepared by WalkerNews.
Download Trinity Rescue Kit (118.7 MB)
License: Freeware (Open Source)
Operating System: Windows 7, Vista, XP
Windows 7 Installation Disc
If you don’t want to use a 3rd party tool, you can also reset your password using the Windows 7 installation disc. However, you will need to do a fair bit of manual registry editing. If that’s not a problem for you, head over to the Seven Forums password reset guide.