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I forgot my laptop password to windows 7, how can I get my windows password back and login my laptop? Many people lost laptop password and asked. This article describes how to reset a laptop login password by 4 effective ways.

If we forget laptop login password, what should I do?

1. Reset forgotten password with administrator account.

2. Reset lost password with reset disk.

3.Reset forgotten passowrd with third party software.


1th. Check whether you can reset the forgotten password with other administrator account.

If you have a loginable account which has administrator privilege, you can login that account and reset the lost password for other accounts. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Open command prompt: Start -> Run -> type in: cmd.exe
  2. Type in: net user username password to reset password for username.

2th. Check whether you have a password reset disk which can be used to reset laptop login password.

If you have created a windows 7 password reset disk before forgetting laptop login password, you can follow the steps below to reset the lost password easily.

  1. Boot you laptop to log on screen.
  2. Insert windows 7 password reset disk.
  3. If you enter a wrong password and attempt to login, a message will prompt that the user name or password is incorrect. Click OK.
  4. Click Reset Password…
  5. Follow the step by step wizard to create a new password for current account.

3th. Reset or recover forgotten laptop password with password software.

If the 1th and 2th methods are not available for you, carry out this method immediately for saving your time. Spower Windows Password Reset Professional and Offline NT Password and Registry Editor (chntpw) are effective password programs for resetting windows 7, vista, xp and 2000 password.

Steps to reset laptop password with Spower Windows Password Reset Professional.

  1. Download Spower Windows Password Reset Professional (trial version).
  2. Make a bootable password reset disk with Windows Password Reset Professional. Insert USB flash drive or blank CD/DVD disc, and then choose a media type:

    And then click "Begin burning" to create a password reset disk:
    • Set laptop to boot from password reset disk. Two options:
      1. (Recommend) Insert USB Flash drive to the locked laptop and restart it. When Vender logo (The first screen) appears, press Boot Menu Key repeatedly until the boot menu appears. When boot menu appears, select USB drive to boot the computer. To get Boot Menu Key for your laptop, please see How to set your comptuer (laptop) boot from CD/USB drive quickly.
      For Example: Set Dell laptop to boot from USB flash drive
      Insert the USB Flash Drive into a USB port and restart the computer. When Dell logo appears in the screen, press <F12> to enter Boot Menu, and then choose USB flash drive to boot from.

      2. Press BIOS Access Key to access BIOS Setup Utility and set laptop to boot from USB flash drive or CD/DVD-ROM. To find BIOS Access Key for your laptop, see appendix: BIOS Access Key. Tips: For more detail about setting your computer to boot from USB or CD/DVD drive, see How to set computer to boot from USB drive or How to set computer to boot from CD/DVD-ROM
  3. Plug in password reset disk to laptop, and restart laptop.
  4. Reset (remove) laptop password with password program. Select an account from list and click "Reset" to remove it password.
  5. Click Reboot to restart laptop and then login without password.

Steps to reset laptop login password with Offline NT Password and Registry Editor.

  1. Download Offline NT Password and Registry Editor CD image or Offline NT Password and Registry Editor for USB.
  2. Burn Offline NT Password and Registry Editor CD image to a black CD disc. You cannot copy the CD image file to CD disc directly, instead you need to burn it to CD disc with CD burning software, such as Nero.
  3. Set laptop to boot from CD-ROM.
  4. Insert chntpw boot disk to laptop and boot computer from chntpw boot disk.
  5. Reset lost password with chntpw. This step is complicated. Key instructions as follow:
    Windows 7 password reset linux screenshot
    • 5.1 Choose the partition where you windows was installed on.
    • 5.2 Select an account which you want change password for.
    • 5.3 Select operation (remove it password) for the user.
    • 5.4 Make sure you want to remove the selected account’s password.
    • 5.5 Quit chntpw.
    • 5.6 Reboot laptop and log on with empty password.

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Appendix: BIOS Access Keys

Manufacturer Model BIOS Entry key
HP HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built in 2006 or later (came with Vista or Windows 7)) F10
HP HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built before 2006 (XP or earlier) ) F1
HP HP Notebook PCs F10
DELL Dell Inspiron, Dell Dimension, Dell Precision, Dell Optiplex, Dell Vostro
Dell XPS
DELL Dell Latitude Fn+F1
Accer Aspire, Power, Veriton, Extensa, Ferrari, TravelMate, Altos DEL or F2
Gateway DX, FX, One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro F1
Gateway Older model F2
Lenovo Lenovo F2
Fujitsu,NEC, Sharp Fujitsu,NEC, Sharp F2
Toshiba Portégé, Satellite, Tecra, Equium F1 or ESC
Toshiba Toshiba Equium F12

Help! I lost administrator of my laptop, how to remove administrator password in windows 7? I have download your password software and create a usb password disk successfully, but i fail to set my computer to boot from USB flash drive....
-- See How to set computer to boot from usb drive.

I forgot my laptop password vista, and I cannot reset the lost password with administrator account which is disable. I have no password reset disk too. I need a password software to create a password disk to reset my laptop login password, which password software works well with my hp laptop? Please help. Thanks...
-- Spower windows password reset professional, chntpw work fine for you.

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