Forgot the administrator password? The Sticky Keys trick

Forgot the administrator password? There are many ways to access a Windows installation if you forgot the administrator password. The main advantage of this password reset method is that you don’t need third-party software; another plus is that it is easy to carry out because no Registry hack is required

To reset a forgotten administrator password, follow these steps:

  1. Boot from Windows PE or Windows RE and access the command prompt.
  2. Find the drive letter of the partition where Windows is installed. In Vista and Windows XP, it is usually C:, in Windows 7, it is D: in most cases because the first partition contains Startup Repair. To find the drive letter, type C: (or D:, respectively) and search for the Windows folder. Note that Windows PE (RE) usually resides on X:.
  3. Type the following command (replace “c:” with the correct drive letter if Windows        is not    located       on     C:):
    copy  c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe  c:\
    This creates a copy of sethc.exe to restore later.
  4. Type this command to replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe:
    copy  /y      c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
  5. Reboot your computer and start the Windows installation where you forgot the administrator password.
  6. After you see the logon screen, press the SHIFT key five times.
  7. You should see a command prompt where you can enter the following command to reset the Windows password (see screenshot above):
    net    user  you_user_name  new_password
    If you don’t know your user name, just type net user to list the available user names.
  8. You can now log on with the new password.

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Posted on August 19, 2010, in Windows. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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