Windows 7/8/10 Reset Forgotten Password (Ease of Access Center Method)

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Simple tutorial showing how to reset any Windows 7/8/10 account password using Windows Recovery Environment.

Reset Windows 7/8/10 Password
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The Ease of Access Center Method

Reboot into Windows recovery environment. If you don’t have one, create a bootable USB using the method described in or just burn a Windows 7/8/10 ISO to a DVD.

Boot using the USB / DVD.

Click Next – Repair My Computer – Troubleshoot – Advanced Options -Command Prompt
or Simply press Shift+F10 anytime.

Type the following commands:
cd /d C:WindowsSystem32
ren Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.bak
copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe

Here, we basically change the executable for Ease of Access Center with that of command prompt.

Type exit and click on ‘Turn off your PC’.

Now, remove the USB and boot into Windows.

Now, click on ‘Ease of Access’ icon. A command prompt will open.

Now, you have two choices. Either you activate the admin account, login, and then reset the password for other user, or, change password directly.

In case of 1st option, type this:
net user administrator /active:yes
net user administrator *
..Type the password here. It won’t be visible, for security reasons 🙂

In case of second option, type this:
net user
..See the username of the user you want to reset password for
net user replace_this_word_with_username *
..Type the password here. It won’t be visible, for security reasons 🙂

Type exit and hit enter.

In the video, I followed the first method.

Time to revert back changes.

Click on ‘Ease of Access Center’ again

In case of 1st option, type this:
net user administrator /active:no
Type exit and hit enter.

In case of 2nd option, do nothing 🙂

Boot again, to the recovery environment. Open Command prompt. Now type:
cd /d C:WindowsSystem32
del Utilman.exe
ren Utilman.exe.bak Utilman.exe
exit

Now remove the bootable media and reboot back to Windows!

Done! 😀

That is all folks! 😀

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50 COMMENTS

  1. I have followed step 1….my setting command is not working… Others are working fine but settings is not opening

  2. I have problem i reset but have problems like this day. .. an operating system wasn't found. try disconnecting any drivers that don't contain an operating system …. how we can solve that problem. .. please help me soon. …

  3. Mine is windows 7 pro. The user name is AGAlnguyen. I did the same thing but did not see "Administrator" login option popping out.
    Edit: I got it. Just login into different domain with the ending is administrator .

  4. Ty! Worked great. I chose method one. Now how do i remove pw on my sons account to hopefully prevent this from happening again? I already changed him from Admin to standard.

  5. hey buddy! you just saved me. Thanks a lotttt and more 🙂 have searched for 2 days for solutions but your's was the best.

  6. if neither of the commands above work for some reason you can also type "control userpasswords2" in the command prompt and it opens a window from which you can easily change the password 🙂

  7. Hi there. I've tried your tutorial, but when I entered the code, it states that the system cannot find the file specified. Also, rather than starting with a "X:sources>", mine started with a "X:windowssystem32>". Please help.

  8. The accounts listed when hitting net user are admin, guest & plate king for me. However, Mike Dimarco is the one I am trying to get into so I don't know what to do in this case. Any advice?

  9. haven't been able to download an iso file onto my memory card or usb stick. I then have to change boot sequence which isntveasy on a Dell.

  10. Msoft won't allow me to reset password as they won't accept my answers as good enough. even though I only sent test emails after setting up account.

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