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How do I log on in Windows 7 if I forgot my password?

Question

 

I changed my password last time I was on my computer, and now I forgot what I changed it to.  Is there any way for me to log in?

Answer

 

In most cases, if you’ve forgotten your password, and you never created a password reset disk, and you don’t have another administrator account you can log into, then there is no way to log onto your administrator account without reinstalling Windows.

 

However, if you can still remember your old password, you can try using System Restore to log in.

Note: To use this procedure, there must be point on a computer that was taken at a time when you successfully logged on.

  1. Insert the Windows 7 DVD, and then restart the computer.
  2. When you receive the following message, press any key:  Press any key to boot from CD or DVD
  3. Set the following preferences, and then click Next:
  • Language to install
  • Time and currency format
  • Keyboard or input method
  1. Click Repair your computer, select the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
  2. Click System Restore, and then click Next.
  3. Click the restore point that you want to use, and then click Next.

    Note: Click a restore point that will return the computer to a state where the logon is successful. After you use the System Restore feature, reinstall any programs or updates that may be removed. You will not lose any personal documents. However, you might have to reinstall programs. You might also have to reset some personal settings.
  4. Confirm the disks that you want to restore, and then click Next.
  5. Click Finish, and then click Yes when you are prompted.
  6. When the System Restore process is complete, click Restart to restart the computer.
  7. After the computer restarts, click Close to confirm that the System Restore process has finished successfully.
  8. Use an appropriate method to log on. For example, log on by using an older password, or log on by using another computer account.

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mcrouch On 2011-10-25, 21:03 PM

A friend just purchased a Z370 laptop and someone helped her "set it up."  Now she can't logon.  I was able to get into the bios and removed the master and user password but this did not solve the problem.  She has no disks with her system and she had not created a password recovery or back up disks.  I tried booting without the battery but that didn't work.  I read somewhere that I should remove the HD, boot up and then reinstall the HD, but I haven't tried that yet.  She just bought the machine yesterday and I don't want to destroy the warrenty unless we have to.  It appears she now has a shiny black brick.  Any ideas?  I am pretty good with computers but am not a real hacker so I'm not sure how to help.

merlyngalleta On 2012-03-01, 15:11 PM

I purchased a z370 laptop few weeks ago. yesterday i created a password for my z370 and i did not created a password recovery or back up disks. now i can't open my laptop with the password i have created,.what should i do?  please help me.

thank you so much...

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maureenschoen On 2014-03-28, 16:52 PM

I forgot my password on my Thinkpad laptop! I don't care if I lose data in a reset...

Ryan-9 On 2014-09-12, 8:07 AM

Hey. In fact you don't need to perform complex steps to solve the password forgotten problem. I am glad to tell you how to achieve it with ease. Please follow the steps below:

1. Download Windows Password Recovery, install and launch it on another available PC. Insert a USB flash drive into it. Click "Burn".
2. Insert the newly created USB drive to the locked Windows 7 computer. Set USB drive as the first boot device in BIOS setup. This computer will reboot.
3. Reset Windows 7 password with the burned USB on your locked PC

zoltanthegypsy On 2014-06-30, 4:13 AM

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