Windows 7 Password Reset

Get a Windows 7 Installation disk.  DVD/USB will both work.

  1. Boot into Windows installation media and wait for the installer to load.
  2. Change Language, Keyboard or input method as needed and click Next.
  3. Click on Repair your computer on the bottom left.
  4. Wait for your Windows installation to be found.  Note your Windows location (drive letter) and click Next.
  5. Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Next.
  6. Select Command Prompt and enter these 2 commands:
    1. copy D:WindowsSystem32utilman.exe D:
    2. copy D:WindowsSystem32cmd.exe D:windowssystem32utilman.exe
  7. Allow utilman.exe to be overwritten.  A backup of utilman.exe is copied to C: and cmd.exe is renamed and copied to utilman.exe
  8. Restart.
  9. When Windows is at the login screen, click on the Ease of Access button on the bottom left.  The command  prompt will open instead.
  10. Change the password with the following command:
    1. net user YourUser p@s$w0rD
  11. Log in with your new password.
  12. Revert the changes by booting into the installation media and get back to the command prompt.
  13. Enter the following and allow it to overwrite:
    1. copy D:Utilman.exe D:WindowsSystem32utilman.exe
  14. Restart machine and click on Ease of Access.  Make sure cmd.exe doesn’t show up.

Details with screenshots:

Try your password again just in case it actually works.
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Insert Windows 7 installation media and boot to CD/DVD/USB.
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Wait for it…
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Wait for it…
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Click Next.
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Click “Repair your computer”.
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Wait for it…
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Take note of your Operating System location, in this case, (D:)
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Click on Command Prompt.
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Type in this command, it will copy utilman.exe to your “C:” drive:
copy D:WindowsSystem32utilman.exe D:
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We need to overwrite utilman.exe with cmd.exe to change passwords when you next log in:
copy D:WindowsSystem32cmd.exe D:WindowsSystem32utilman.exe
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Exit Command Prompt and Restart.
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Log into Windows and click on the button on the bottom-left corner.  A command Prompt should appear.
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Change your password via command line, replace the username and set your own  password:
net user Peter abc123
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You should now be able to log in.  Check C: to make sure Utilman.exe is there.
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Boot into Windows 7 installation media again to copy Utilman.exe back to the original location.
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Log back in, and make sure you get the “Easy of Access” window instead of the Command Prompt.
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You can leave the Command Prompt, but putting back Utilman.exe will avoid other advanced users from changing your password again.
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Feel free to delete the Utilman.exe under C: when you finish copying it back to its original location.20_pwdrst

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