In my previous post How to enable hidden administrator account, we have suggested you the way to enable the hidden admin account. Now in this article you will get to know, what to do if you forget your password and can’t log in to the system anymore.
So to log in to your account again, you have to enable hidden admin account using the reference from our previous post. It will be much easier to reset your password if you are using a Microsoft Administrator Account to log in. The process to get your password reset requires you to download Offline NT Password & Registry Editor which is available as an ISO image that you can burn to CD or DVD, and a file that you can install on an USB Flash Drive.
Now boot using this CD created and after booting you will see a DOS like window. Here you are required to enter some commands that will help you to restore the user account. The steps you need to follow are:
• First screen, press enter to continue
• Select the hard drive on which your Windows installation is installed. This may take some time depending on the number of partitions on the PC as it is using the “Linux-way” of listing the hard drives.
• You then need to enter the path to the Registry. I’d recommend to tap on enter to try the default path first which usually is detected correctly by the program.
• Press q
• Select the Password Reset option (1)
• Enter Administrator as the user account that you want to modify.
• Select the unlock and enable user account option (4)
• Use ! and q to end the editing and save the values
Now restart your PC using the operating system’s drive again. After booting you will find that the administrator account is listed on the sign in page. Select it and access your computer. Now you can change other account passwords or run administrative tasks to restore access to the PC.