How to Reset a Forgotten Windows 7 Administrator Password?

It is well known that Windows administrator account has the full rights on computer, such as download and install software, change settings, remove or reset other account password, etc. If you forgot Windows 7 administrator password, though you can log on computer with a standard user or guest, your operations on computer are limited.

The following will show you how to reset Windows 7 administrator password when you forgot or lost the password. As the Windows 7 built-in administrator account is disabled by default, you need to active the administrator account before using it, and you can learn how to enable the hidden Windows 7 administrator account and assign a password for it here.

Part 1: How to reset Windows 7 administrator password?

An easy way to reset a lost or forgotten Windows 7 administrator password is to use Windows 7 password reset disk. Usually this is not a real solution to help reset your forgotten administrator password, because that disk needs to be created in advance. But don’t worry, the below we will show you an effective solution to reset the forgotten Windows 7 administrator password.

Windows Password Breaker is a powerful Windows 7 password reset tool for you to reset a forgotten or unknown Windows 7 administrator password. You can use it to create a bootable password reset CD/DVD or USB flash drive to reset administrator password with 3 steps:

Step 1: Download and install Windows Password Breaker Professional.
Step 2: Burn a bootable password reset CD/DVD or USB flash drive with the program.
create windows 7 password reset USB/CD
Step 3: Reset Windows 7 administrator password with the burned CD/DVD/USB.

Your Windows 7 administrator password will be removed and you can log on administrator account without entering password. The detailed Windows Password Breaker Professional user guide is also available.

Part 2: How to enable Windows 7 administrator account?

1. Use Command Prompt
The easiest way to enable Windows 7 built-in administrator account is to use Command Prompt.
1. Click Start and type cmd in the search box. Right-click cmd and select Run as Administrator.
2. Click Yes when prompted to allow the Command Processor to run. And then the command prompt will appear.
3. Type net user in the command prompt window, and then hit Enter. All the Windows account user names will be listed. You’ll also see the Administrator account, but now it is not enabled.
4. Type net user administrator /active:yes and hit Enter to enable Windows 7 admin account.
net user

Assign a password for administrator:
Now the Windows 7 administrator account is created. To create a Windows 7 admin password, you can follow the below steps:
1. Switch to log on with the administrator account.
2. Click Start, Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Safety and User Accounts in order. You’ll enter the screen where you can make changes for your account.
3. Click Create a password for your account on the screen.
user accounts
4. In the coming screen, type and confirm your Windows 7 admin password.
5. Enter password hint and click Create Password.
Now a password has been successfully created for your Windows 7 admin account.

2. Use Local Users and Groups
1. Click Start and type lusrmgr.msc in the search box, and then hit Enter. The Local Users and Groups screen will come up.
2. Double-click the Users folder. And all the Windows 7 accounts will be displayed for you.
local users and groups
3. Right-click the Administrator account and select Properties.
4. Uncheck the "Account is disabled" check-box and click OK on the Administrator Properties screen.
administrator properties

Assign a password for administrator:
Now Windows 7 admin account is enabled. To set a password for the enabled Windows 7 administrator account, follow the steps as below:
1. Right-click the Administrator account and select Set Password.
2. Click Proceed to go on your operation.
3. Type and confirm your new Windows 7 admin password and click Ok.
4. Close the Local Users and Groups screen.
set password for administrator
Now a password is assigned to your Windows 7 admin account.

Note: Please remember to create a Windows 7 password reset disk after assigning administrator password to in case of forgotten password.

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