Thursday, July 13, 2017

How to Reset Windows 7 Password

In this tutorial, I will show you how to reset Windows 7 user password
You will need the Windows 7 installation DVD
I am running Windows 7 as a Virtual Machine for demo purpose

Step 1: Boot Into Windows 7 Installation DVD

Boot Into Windows 7 Installation DVD
Click 'Next'

Step 2: Take Note of Windows 7 Drive Letter

Take Note of Windows 7 Drive Letter
In this example is drive E

Step 3: Click 'Command Prompt'

Click 'Command Prompt'
To access COMMAND PROMPT window

Step 4: Replace UTILMAN.exe With CMD.exe

Replace UTILMAN.exe With CMD.exe
-Replace drive letter E with your Windows 7 drive letter
To backup utilman.exe, run command:
copy e:\windows\system32\utilman.exe e:\
-Replace utilman.exe with cmd.exe
copy e:\windows\system32\cmd.exe e:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
-Click 'Restart' to reboot Windows

Step 5: Click 'Easy Access' Icon

Click 'Easy Access' Icon
It will execute cmd.exe which open up command prompt window

Step 6: Reset User Password

Reset User Password
-To reset user password (ex: administrator), run command:
net user administrator 1234
-Replace 1234 with your own password
-Login Windows with that user and the new password

Step 7: Restore Utilman.exe

Restore Utilman.exe
-You will need boot back into Windows 7 installation DVD
-Choose 'Next', then 'Repair your computer'
-Take note of Windows 7 drive letter where it's being install
-Select 'Command Prompt'
-To replace current utilman.exe with the backup in earlier step, run command:
copy e:\utilman.exe e:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
-Click 'Restart' to reboot Windows

Step 8: Check Ease Access

Check Ease Access
-Click on Ease Access to make sure it's the version we just restore
-Login Windows

Step 9: Delete Backup Utilman.exe

Delete Backup Utilman.exe
In Windows, delete e:\utilman.exe (backup copy of utilman.exe we copy earlier to root drive)

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