Computer Login Password Recovery

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There are a number of preventative measure you can take in order to save yourself from being locked out of your computer, or the websites you visit online. Listed below are a few programs that come along with your PC, or can be easily downloaded from the provided links.

Password Recovery Disk’s

On windows 7 and 8, you can access a pre-installed tool that, along with a USB drive or CD/DVDs (in windows 8.1 CD/DVDs are no longer an option), can be used to help you restore your computer or reset your login password. In windows 7 use the ctrl, alt, and del keys simultaneously to bring up a windows menu similar to the  welcome screen. For windows 7, you can must click on “change password” then near the bottom of the menu that appears will be a smaller option labeled “create password recovery disk”, click next, select the DVD/CD Rom Drive or Flash drive (if not inserted, insert one now.) then click next, enter your current password, click next, when finished, click finish, then remove the drive and keep in a safe place.

Windows 8 users press the Windows key + Q. Type User Accounts. Below the search field, click Settings and select User Accounts from the results. Plug in your USB flash drive, and select Create a Password Reset Disk in the left hand column. Click next. Select your USB flash drive, and click next. Type your current password, and click next. When it is finished, click next. Click finish.

This is not the only way to regain your login password you can also download a password disc that can either wipe out your password or tell you what the password is. Windows 8 users can reset their password if they used a Microsoft Account for their user login. (Windows 8 users see Reset your password via another computer.) So if you do not make this backup BEFORE losing your password, you will be locked out and have to download a password and registry editor or other password software.

Reset your password via another computer (for Windows 8 live accounts only)

If your user is connected to your Microsoft live account, you can use a different computer (or your phone, tablet, etc) to reset your password. You can do this by going to Microsoft Account Password Reset Page.  From there you can reset your password. Note: This only works if the user your are trying to sign in with is connected to your live account. You can tell if you are using a Microsoft account if your email address is displayed along with your name.

Use Offline NP Password & Registry Editor to reset your password.

You can try downloading this program, Offline NT Password & Registry Editor to a boot-able cd. You will need another computer for this. The process is mostly automated and just requires a couple of clicks of the enter key and a number or two, so its easy to use. The website warns you to be cautious of using this if you have encrypted files on the computer, as they will become inaccessible without the original password. So use this with caution and read the websites walk-through if you have concerns. (basically don’t take this thing to work and start “fixing” computers). Go to the page from the link above, then click on “Password reset CD/USB bootdisk: Instructions & image to download.” Scroll down until you see the downloads section and select the newest version. You can use either a USB or a CD for this. Make sure you download the proper file! We generally use the CD method, but if your desperate and only have a USB the site has instructions to walk you through it. For the CD method, you have to burn the files you downloaded onto the CD as an ISO file type. You can do this with ImgBurn or other burning software if you have it (imgburn is free!) When you open ImgBurn, click on the top left option “write image file to disc.” Afterwards you need to select the file you downloaded from the source options near the top left of the window. Once you have that and a blank CD in your CD drive, click on the icon near the bottom left to begin burning the image. Once you have the disk ready to go you can slip it into the computer that needs it’s password changed. You will probably need to change your bios settings to boot from the CD drive at startup.

If you are trying this with a windows 8 computer, you will have to do a few extra steps. Restart your computer and enter the bios configuration settings (you can also hold SHIFT down as you restart the computer, hit troubleshoot, advanced options, then change UEFI settings). You will have to go to security and disable secure boot. (I had to add an administration password for my computer before i was allowed to do this, DO NOT lose this password, you can clear this password afterwards.) Then go to the boot menu, there will be a option labeled UEFI, change that to legacy. Exact locations of of these options will differ depending on your computer, but should be easy enough to find. Save your changes then exit. (Make sure you revert these changes after you can successfully login. Afterwards it should boot up to a screen that looks like vista passord reset disc, windows 7 password reset disk, windows 8 password reset disk, reset windows 7 password, reset windows 8 password, password reset disk, password reset disc

Unless you have multiple partitions on your hardrive, you can simply click enter. The next step asks to choose your registry path, you can also just click enter here. some recovery options will appear, 1 is password recover and should be selected so click enter. The next part we also want to select the first option(1) so click enter once more (it may take a few seconds to load.) windows vista passord reset disc, windows 7 password reset disk, windows 8 password reset disk, reset windows 7 password, reset windows 8 password, password reset disk, password reset discThe next part requires you to enter the RIV number of the username that needs its password reset, you can find them to the left of the screen, simply type in the number right next to your username. The program will give you a list of what to do with the account. Enter 1 and click enter to clear the password.

windows vista passord reset disc, windows 7 password reset disk, windows 8 password reset disk, reset windows 7 password, reset windows 8 password, password reset disk, password reset discYou can add another password after you login in your users accounts section of the control panel. After clearing, you will need to type a Q and hit enter. You will be ask you to save what you’ve done by entering an N, then hitting enter. to quit out of the program, hit Q, then enter once more. after this you can reboot your system by hitting CTRL, ALT, & DEL. Remove the CD so it boots to windows like normal. You should be able to sign in now.


Roboform is a downloadable software that can save all your passwords that you use on online (the free version has a limited amount you can save).You can also store security notes for your offline passwords, such as your computer login. This software saves all your password information and will automatically fill in your passwords on sites that you visit. You must confirm with one master password, and then the software will automatically fill in your other saved passwords. This method is very efficient for creating hard to crack passwords on multiple sights and not forgetting them, as long as you do not forget the one password required to access your stored passwords of course. This will not work with your login password however unless you create a security note for offline password and have another copy of your Roboform password list printed or stored on another computer, phone or tablet, so we still recommend creating a recovery disk along with this software. This is the link to download Roboform from their site here. (Heads up, this is an affiliate link and we will receive a small commission from the sale if you end up purchasing after the free trial is over. We highly recommend and use this software daily. Thank you for keeping “The Working Mouse” working!)

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