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How to reset (recover) a computer password on Windows/Linux/Mac?

Many people usually ask me that I forgot my computer password, how can I reset or recover it without reinstalling windows. Here I show you how to reset a computer password on Windows, Linux and Mac.

Reset computer password on Windows 2000/xp/2003/vista/7/8/10/ 2008/2012/2016

If your computer's system is Microsoft Windows(Windows 2000, xp, 2003, vista, 7, 8, 10 and 2008/2012/2016), and lose the login password, you can reset(recover) the password easily without the old password.

Here I give you some tips to reset/recover your computer password with Spower Windows Password Reset Tool. Spower Windows Password Reset Tool can reset Windows 2000/xp/2003/vista/7/8/10/2008/2012/2016 local password and Active Directory(domain) administrator password.

  1. Get Spower Windows Password Reset.
  2. Create a CD/DVD or USB bootable disk with Spower Windows Password Reset.
  3. Boot computer from Windows Password Reset bootable disk.
  4. Reset local password or domain admin password.
  5. Restart computer and login with new password.

For more detail, please refer to: http://www.windowspasswordsreset .com/reset-windows-password.html


Reset computer password on Linux

If lose the root user password of Linux, you can follow the instructions below to reset it.

  1. When computer begin starting, press any key to enter Boot Menu.
  2. Select a kernel you want to load, and then press e key.
  3. Select the line the kernel on, and then press e key.
  4. Type single to the end of the line - …rugh quiet, and the press Enter key.
  5. Press b key to reboot.
  6. After computer reboot, it will enter single mode.
  7. Use password command to reset the password. Type password, press Enter, and then input new password.
  8. Reboot computer, and you computer password has been reset, so you can login with new password.

Reset computer password on Mac OS X

  1. Insert Install disc to Mac computer, restart computer, and then press down c key to make computer boot from Install disc.
  2. Select a language, and continue.
  3. Choose Password Reset from the Utilities menu, or choose Password Reset from Installer menu.
  4. Select your Mac OS X hard disk volume.
  5. Select the user name of original administrator account.
  6. Input new password. Screenshot as below.
  7. Click Save to save change.
  8. Click the red button in the upper left corner to quit the application.
  9. Choose Quit Mac OS X Installer... from the Mac OS X Installer menu.
  10. Click Restart. And then you can login Mac with new password.



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