Hiren’s Boot CD offers a built-in tool to reset or remove your Windows password. If you forget your password or discover a forgotten computer that you want to boot into, the Lazesoft Password Recovery tool can help you.
A quick preview of what’s to come:
- We will use the Lazesoft Password Recovery tool to either access the Windows password or view the Windows product key
- We will reset the password to a blank password, allowing anyone to get into the computer
- We will add a new Windows password. (If you just want to change your existing Windows password, this step follows almost the same method.
Step 1: Open up the recovery tool
The Lazesoft Password Recovery tool is located in the Utilities/Security/Passwords folder. When you open it up, you’ll have 2 options: reset the password or view the Windows product key.
The Windows Product Key is a key that’s used to activate your Windows license. Depending on the type of Windows license you have, you can use this key to reinstall Windows on a different computer.
Step 2: Choose to reset the Window password
After selecting the “Reset Windows Password” option, click “next” and choose “Reset Local Password.”
Then, you need to choose which user’s password to reset. If you have multiple users on the same computer, make sure to reset only yours.
After choosing the user and clicking “next,” you’ll be able to reset that user’s password. Clicking RESET/UNLOCK will reset the Windows password to a blank password. The next time you log into your Windows environment, you won’t be prompted for a password.
After you reset the password, you won’t need a password the next time you boot into the Windows environment. From here, you can set the password using the Windows settings.
Step 3: Set Windows Password
The final step is to set another Windows password, which is very easy to do. To start, open the Windows settings from the start menu, then navigate to the “Accounts” section.
Next, click on sign-in options. This will take you to the window where you can create a password. Incidentally, if you only want to change your password, there will be a “change” button here instead. You’ll need to provide your current password before you make a change though.
Once you click “Add” you’ll be able to enter in a new password and hint.
Whether you’re changing your existing password or adding a new one, your password will be saved after you click “Next.”
If you just want to view the Windows password without changing it, you’re out of luck. Once you set a password, the computer encrypts and stores it as something called a hash. This hash is saved in a secret file. This encryption algorithm used to create this hash is impossible to reverse. You cannot “un-hash” the password to get the original password. In fact, when you type in your password after booting up, the computer doesn’t compare the password to the one it has saved. Instead, it encrypts the password you entered and checks it against the saved hash. If the encrypted passwords are the same, then the computer knows that you entered the correct password.
If you want the ability to reset a Windows password, you can buy a copy of Hiren’s Boot CD with the Lazesoft Password Recovery tool pre-installed. It is invaluable to have a tool that allows you to recover data from an old computer or recover a forgotten password. This and many other computer repair tools come pre-installed on Hiren’s Boot CD, which you can buy right here.