If you have got locked out of your laptop operating system because you forgot your administrator password, you may think that you'll have to reinstall the operating system if you want to get back in. Before you go to such drastic measures, though, try using a password reset boot CD to reset the password on your computer so you can regain access to your administrator account.
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Things you need
- Extra computer
- CD writer
- CD writing software
- Blank CD
Download a free boot CD that contains a password reset utility, such as the Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD), Hiren's Boot CD or NTPassword (see Resources). Each of these utilities will come in the form of an ISO file which can be burnt to a CD.
Open your CD writing program, choose the "Burn Image" option and then browse to the CD ISO file you downloaded. Select the ISO file, click the "Burn" option, insert your CD into the CD writer and then wait for the disc to be burnt.
Eject the disc from your extra computer and insert it into the laptop whose password needs to be reset. Restart the laptop and boot from the CD by entering the boot menu (press the "Delete" key as the computer starts up) and then selecting the "Boot From CD" option.
Click the "Start" button on the menu bar, click "Programs," select the "Password Tools" section and then click on the application named "NTPWEdit."
Click the user account you want to reset the password for and click "Change Password." Enter the new password, click "OK" and then restart the computer. You may now log in with your new password.
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