Sometimes you just forgot your Windows 7 user login password and find that is impossible to start the system. Abishek has covered the way to remove or change administrator password In Windows XP, but this method don’t work in Windows 7.
To reset login password in Windows 7, we are going to use the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor by Pogostick. This program can also be used to edit your registry from a boot CD. This can be very useful if you are dealing with a faulty driver.
Note: If you are using EFS encrypted files you cannot recover it using this method.
Download The ISO File
Go to Pogostick.net and click the BootDisk button.
Download the latest Bootable CD Image.
Unzip the downloaded file and open the folder. Right click the ISO file and select “Open”.
On the window that pops up, check the box beside “Verify disc after burning” and click “Burn”. Make sure you have a blank CD-R in your disc drive.
Execute The Utility
Restart your computer and boot from the CD. When it starts the following screen appears:
In case you have problems, for example the application don’t continue with the process, you can use one of the options on the screen. It’s very unlikely you need this so just press “Enter”.
The program need some information before it can clear the password. In this first step it will scan your computer for the Windows partition. In a default installation of Windows, it will create 2 partitions, one for boot and another for the whole system. You should see this information in the screen.
The first, the one that CD named as sda1, is used for booting purposes. In this example, you have to select the second one (the entry that contains your Windows system). Just type “2” (without the quotes) and press Enter.
The program will start to scan for the location of the registry files. It’s very uncommon that the registry is not inside the default folders, so it shouldn’t have any problem locating it. When the process is finished, it will display the path. Press “Enter” to continue.
The program will list the registry content. Press space-bar to go to the end of the list registry. Select “Password Reset” by typing 1 (follow by ENTER).
Now we are going to select “Edit user data and passwords”. Type “1” (without the quotes) and press Enter:
It will show a list of the users that have been found on the system. In this case I will use the administrator. Of course you can change other users as well.
Select “1” (without the quotes) to clear the user password:
A message informing about password cleared will appear. Do the following steps to make it permanent:
- Type “!” and press Enter if you don’t want to clear more password accounts.
- Type “q” and press Enter, the program will ask you if there is something to save.
- Type “y” and press Enter. In case you select “n”, it will revert any changes you have made.
The utility then ask if you want to run it again. Select no, and press “Ctrl + Alt+ Supr” to finish the process. Now you can use that user account again. Don’t forget to quit the CD before starting your computer again.