How to Reset Windows 7 Administrator Password

Hello folks, we know that forgot a password of any login account might be a bigger problem. Without logged in you cannot access your account. Sometimes really it is a crucial problem for us when we are not able to access our login account. Forgot your Windows 7 administrator password might also restrict you from accessing your computer. Without logged in you cannot access your important data that are saved in your computer. Sometimes if you cannot access your computer through login then you will have to format your windows. This will not a solution to format your computer because it can also be a cause of losing your important data. Today I’m here with a new trick in which I will show you how you can Reset Windows 7 Administrator Password without any software or recovery tools. Just follow the given steps below –


Reset Windows 7 Administrator Password Without Any Software or Recovery Tools



Forgot password

We can reset windows 7 administrator password by recoveries software. For this you will have to download it then burn it on a CD/DVD or in a flash drive. Then you will have to boot from that inserted disk or flash drive.

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But today I’m here with a simple and easy trick to reset windows 7 administrator password without any software or recovery disk. You will not need to download any recovery software. So just follow my steps here –


Reset Windows 7 Administrator Password



Step 1 : Shut Down Your Computer Forcely By Pressing Power Button


  • Shut down your computer forcely by pressing power button and then restart it.
  • When you start your computer the following windows screen will be appear.

Shut down computer


Step 2 : Open Your System In Safe Mode With Command Prompt


  • By pressing arrow up and down key from your keyboard you can scroll up and down these options in the above image.
  • Now select the safe mode with command prompt option by pressing arrow key and enter.
  • You will show the following windows screen Loading Windows Files


safe mode windows 7

  • During Loading Windows Files again shut down your computer before windows started in a safe mode.

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Step 3 : Launch Startup Repair


  • Now again start your computer and you will get the following windows screen


launch startup recovery in windows 7

  • Now using arrow key select the Launch Startup Repair and press enter.


Step 4 : Windows is Searching For Problems

  • Once you entered in launch startup repair the following windows screen will shown you.
  • Here Windows is searching for your problems.
  • It will take few minutes so be patience till it complete the searching.


attempt startup repair


Step 5 : Do You Want to Restore Your Computer using System Restore?

  • After few minutes of searching the startup problem you will show the option is given below. Do you want to restore your computer using System Restore?
  • Do not restore it just cancel it by clicking on Cancel Button

Windows 7 password reset

  • Once you cancelled the restore option it will again take few minutes by searching.

Step 6 : Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically


  • After finished the searching problems the following windows screen will appear

send report to windows

  • Click on the combo box of View problem details and you will show the option given below.
  • Scroll down at end in the box and click on the link X:\windows\system\32\en-US\erofflps.txt



  • Once you click on this link a notepad window will appear like this

eroffls.txt notepad file

  • Now go to File and click Open

open erofflps notepad


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Step 7 : Open My Computer And Do the Following


  • After clicking Open the Desktop window will shown you

open my computer

  • Now go to Computer

open computer

  • Go to Local Disk (D:)

Local Disk D

  • Go to Windows Folder

Windows folder

  • Inside Windows folder scroll down and open System32 folder.

System 32

  • Select Files of type as All Files as shown below and scroll down.

file type all files

  • Now right click on sethc and rename it as sethc1 (or anything else that you  will remind)


  • Now find the cmd.exe file in the same folder. This is your Command Prompt. Copy and Paste it in same folder.
  • Now rename the cmd-copy file to sethc.exe.

rename cmd

  • Then close out of all the dialog boxes and Finish, so that the computer restarts.

Step 8 : Restart Your Computer When It Finish


  • Once you get to the Windows login screen, hit the Shift key 5 times and it will open the Command Prompt window instead of the Sticky Keys application.
  • Show the below windows screen


cmd on login screen

Step 9 : Now Reset the Password


  • To reset your login password – just type the following command,
  • Type : net user

net user command

  • It will show you all the Users that are already created in your system.

list of users

  • Now type : net user USER_NAME * to select the admin user which one you want to reset the password(In my case it is : net user UMESH *)


net user umesh *


  • Now press enter you will show the option
    • Type a password for the user
  • Now type your new password (password will not appear here but still it will created)
    • Retype the password to confirm.
  • You will show password has been changed successfully.

Reset password


  • Now login with your New password.


login with password

Bingo ! You have successfully changed the Administrator Password

logged in my computer


Here is the Video Tutorial of How to Reset Windows 7 Administrator Password

watch it here

I hope you will enjoy this article. For any queries or suggestions regarding this article please let me know in the comment box below. I will help you as much i can.

Thank You!


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  1. Rohit Verma says:

    Great post

  2. Sujain Gupta says:

    Thanx for such a nice tutorial, it helpd me a lot.

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