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How to Bypass Windows 7 Password with / without Resetting It

Updated on September 1, 2016

How do you get back in if you forgot Windows 7 admin password? Is it possible to bypass Windows 7 password without knowning your original password? In this tutorial we'll show you 3 ways to bypass Windows 7 password with/without resetting it.

Method 1: Using Command Prompt

After logging on your Windows 7 computer, click on the Start button, select "All Programs" -> "Accessories", then right-click on Command Prompt. Choose "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu.

When you see an elevated Command Prompt, type the following command to change your lost password:

net user <user_name> <new_password>

This method allows you to set a new password for any user account without providing the current password.

Method 2: Using PCUnlocker

If you need to bypass Windows 7 password without altering the original password, you can use the PCUnlocker program. To get started, you need to use another working PC to create a bootable CD (or USB flash drive). Download the PCUnlocker program (the downloaded file is in .zip format) and save it to your desktop. Unzip the zip archive and you'll get an ISO file called pcunlocker.iso.

Use the freeware ISO2Disc (or your favorite CD burning software) to write the ISO file to an empty CD. When the burning is complete, use the CD to boot your locked Windows 7 PC.

After booting from CD, you'll see the PCUnlocker program. Click the Options button and select "Bypass Windows Password" from the drop-down list. Reboot and you can then log into your Windows 7 account temporarily with any password. Reboot once again and the original password will be back.

Method 3: Using Trinity Rescue Kit

Trinity Rescue Kit (TRK) is a troubleshooting solution that belongs in every admin's tool box. This great tool allows you to reset the password of Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. The tool also comes as an CD image and you need to burn to CD. It's Linux-based bootdisk that comes with DOS-style interface, so it's a ideal choice for computer geeks to reset Windows 7 password without paying a buck.


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