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How to Unlock a Locked Laptop without Password

Summary:
Sometimes we may forget our laptop login password by accident and lock out of our laptop in Windows 7/8/10, what shall we do? In this article, I will tell you three methods to unlock a locked laptop without password on HP/Dell/Acer/Lenovo/ASUS/Sony/Toshiba laptop.

Method 1: Unlock laptop password with Windows installation media.
Method 2: Unlock a locker laptop with Spower Windows Password Tool.
Method 3: Unlock laptop password with Ophcrack.

Method 1: Unlock laptop password with Windows Installation Media.

If you locked out of your laptop, try creating a Windows installation disk with Media Creation tool to unlock Windows password without reinstalling system.

This guide can be apply in Windows 10/8/7/2012/2008/2003 system on HP/Dell/Acer/Lenovo/ASUS/Sony/Toshiba laptop and desktop computer.

Step by step guide to unlock a lcoked laptop password:

Step 1: On an accessibale computer, download Windows 10 Media Creation tool.

Step 2: Run the Media Creation tool, select “Create installation media for another PC” when Windows 10 Setup screen displays, and follow the instructions to create an USB installation disk.

Tips: If you have a Windows 7 installation ISO file, you get Windows USB/DVD Download Tool to create a Windows 7 installation USB boot disk which also can be use to reset password for your laptop.

Step 3: After the Windows 10 USB installation disk has been created, insert it into your locked laptop.

Step 4: Set the locked laptop to boot from the Winddows 10 USB installation disk. See how to set computer to boot from USB drive.

Step 5: If goes well, you will see the Windows Setup screen, then press “Shift + F10” on the keyboard to open the command prompt.

windows 10 setup

Step 6: On the command prompt window, go to system drive and us "CD" command to get into system32 folder:

windows 7 cmd

Step 7: Next, rename utilman.exe to utilman.exe.bak, and rename cmd.exe to utilman.exe. Command as below:
ren utilman.exe utilman.exe.bak
ren cmd.exe utilman.exe
Then, take out the installation disk, and restart computer using the command: wpeutil reboot.

windows 7 cmd

Step 8: When go to the login screen, click on the “Ease of access” icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

windows 7 login screen

Step 9: The Command Prompt window immediately pops up. Reset your locked Windows password to a new one with the command: Net User <Username> <New Password>, and press Enter to run it.

reset password

Step 10: Now you need to reboot your laptop from the installation disk again and similarly open Command Prompt to change the setting back.

windows 7 cmd

Everything is OK, exit the installation disk and restart your laptop. You can log on your locked Windows with the new password.

Method 2: Unlock a locker laptop with Spower Windows Password Tool.

Spower Windows Password Reset is really a useful password tool to unlock your laptop when you forgot your Windows password. You just follow the steps below and then you can regain access to your beloved laptop without losing any data. Spower Windows Password Reset supports Windows 2000/XP/VISTA/7/8/10 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016.

Step 1: Download Windows Password Reset and install it.

Download and install Spower Windows Password Reset Professional on a workable computer.

Step 2: Create a Spower password reset USB disk.

  1. Insert a USB flash driver into the working computer.
  2. Launch the Spower Windows Password Reset Professional. Choose “USB device”.
  3. burn password reset disk

  4. Specify the disk driver you want to use and click ”Begin burning”. Then click “Yes” to format your drive.
  5. burn password reset disk

    When the "Burning successfully" message displays, it means that you have successfully created a password reset disk.

Step 3: Set the locked laptop to boot from USB drive.

  1. Insert the Spower password reset USB disk into your locked laptop.
  2. Boot the locked laptop from Spower password reset USB disk.
  3. Restart the laptop or computer and hold on Boot Menu Key, until Boot Menu appears, and then choose USB flash drive to boot from. You can fine the Boot Menu Key for your computer from here.

    Example 1: Boot from USB drive - exmaple for ASUS computer

    Start or restart your ASUS computer. When the first screen appears, press down Esc or F8 key until BOOT Menu appears, then choose "SanDisk (7632MB)" and press Enter to go on.

    select boot device

    Example 2: Boot from USB drive - example for Dell laptop

    Start or restart your Dell laptop. As soon as the first screen flashes, press down F12 until Boot Menu appears, and then choose USB flash drive to boot from.

    ASUS Boot Menu

    Example 4: Boot from USB drive - ex maple for HP laptop

    Start or restart your HP laptop. As soon as the first screen flashes, press down Esc key (or F9) to until Boot Menu appears, and then choose USB flash drive to boot from.

    ASUS Boot Menu

Tips: More BIOS Entry Key for different computer, see Boot Menu Key table.

Tips: More about boot computer from USB flash drive, How to set computer boot from CD/USB flash drive.

Step 5: Reset Windows password.

After your laptop boots up from USB drive and Spower Windows Password Reset runs, then you will see screen as follow:

reset password

Follow the instructions below to unlock Windows password:

  1. Choose a Windows system running on your laptop from list.
  2. Choose a user account which you want to reset its password.
  3. Click “Reset” button to reset the selected account password to blank.
  4. Click “Reboot” button and unplug the reset disk to restart your laptop.

Completing all the steps above, you will find that you can login laptop without password.

Method 3:Recover Windows password with Ophcrack.

Of course, you can also use the free software - Ophcrack to unlock your laptop password, but you may meet some problems. For step by step guide, see Recover Windows 10 forgotten password with Ophcrack.

 

Boot Meny Keys for different laptop and computer:


Manufacturer

Type

Models

Boot Menu Key

BIOS Key

ACER

 

 

Esc,F12,F9

Del,F2

ACER

netbook

Aspire One zg5,zg8,
Aspire Timeline,
Aspire v3,v5,v7

F12

F2

APPLE

 

After 2006

Option

 

ASUS

desktop

 

F8

F9

ASUS

laptop

VivoBook f200ca, f202e, q200e,s200e, s400ca, s500ca, u38n, v500ca,v550ca, v551, x200ca, x202e, x550ca, z202e

Esc

Delete

ASUS

laptop

N550JV, N750JV, N550LF, Rog g750jh, Rog g750jw, Rog g750jx

Esc

F2

ASUS

notebook

k25f, k35e, k34u, k35u, k43u, k46cb, k52f, k53e, k55a, k60ij, k70ab, k72f, k73e, k73s, k84l, k93sm, k93sv, k95vb, k501, k601, R503C, x32a, x35u, x54c, x61g, x64c, x64v, x75a, x83v, x83vb, x90, x93sv, x95gl, x101ch, x102ba, x200ca, x202e, x301a, x401a, x401u, x501a, x502c, x750ja

F8

DEL

ASUS

netbook

Eee PC 1015,1025c

Esc

F2

DELL

desktop

Dimension, Inspiron,Latitude,Optiplex

F12

F2

DELL

laptop

Inspiron,Latitude,Precision,Alienware

F12

F2

HP

generic

 

Esc,F9

Esc,F10,F1

HP

desktop

Media Center,
Pavilion 23 All In One,
Pavilion g6 and g7

Esc

F10

HP

desktop

Pavilion HPE PC, h8-1287c,
Pavilion PC, p6-2317c, p7- 1297cb,
TouchSmart 520 PC

Esc

Esc,F10

HP

Laptop

2000

Esc

Esc

HP

notebook

Pavilion

Esc

F10

HP

notebook

ENVY dv6 and dv7 PC

Esc

Esc

LENOVO

desktop

 

F12,F8,F10

F1,F2

LENOVO

laptop

 

F12

F1,F2

LENOVO

laptop

IdeaPad P500

F12,Fn+F11

F2

SAMSUNG

 

 

F12,Esc

 

SAMSUNG

netbook

NC10

Esc

F2

SAMSUNG

ultrabook

Series 5 Ultra and Series 7 Chronos

Esc

F2

SNOY

 

VAIO,PCG,VGN

F11

F1,F2,F3

TOSHIBA

 

Portégé, Satellite, Tecra

F12

F1,Esc

TOSHIBA

 

Equium

F12

F12

 

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