How to change an administrator password from a guest account

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How to change an administrator password from a guest account
Reset an administrator password on Windows. (Pictogramm Schloss image by from

Windows has a built-in security system that requires a user to type in a password to get to his personal account. Only an "Administrator" account holder can make software changes to the computer. All other users, including Guest users, need the permission of an Administrator to make any system changes. However, if you have a guest account and need to access the Administrator account to make changes, you can do so via the Command Prompt feature.

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  1. 1

    Log in to your Guest account in Windows.

  2. 2

    Go to "Start" > "Search" and type in "windows/system32/cmd.exe" to find the Command Prompt feature. When the file appears on the search menu, drag it to your desktop. Leave the search window open.

  3. 3

    Right-click the cmd.exe file on your desktop and choose "Rename." Type "sethc.exe" for the new name and click on an empty area next to the file name to save the new name.

  4. 4

    Right-click on the "sethc.exe" file and click on "Copy." Go back to the open "windows/system32" folder and right-click anywhere in the folder. Select "Paste" to put the "sethc.exe" file inside. Choose "Yes" when asked if you want to overwrite the current file.

  5. 5

    Go to "Start" > "Log Off." It will bring you back to the User Account menu.

  6. 6

    Press the "Shift" key 5 times in a row. The Command Prompt will open.

  7. 7

    Type "net user administrator [password]" and insert a new password in the [password] section. Press "Enter" to set your new password. It will bring you back to the User Accounts menu.

  8. 8

    Click on the Administrator User Account and type the password you just set to log in to the account.

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