I forgot my Windows password. Is there any hope to access my system? Well let's say Houston we have a problem. 1. If you have Windows 8 or higher and used the Windows account concept when setting up your system then you can
If you don't use Windows 8, or do but login with a local account, the easiest way to get out of a "lost Windows password" predicament is to use your password reset disk - assuming of course you have one. You'll know if you do.
The next easiest way to find a lost Windows password is to forget the idea of finding it at all! Just have one of the other users on your computer change your lost password for you. If you don't have another user this of course will not work.
This brings up a strong suggestion to add a second administrator user to your computer now and save the password information.
Hacking into Windows might sound dangerous, illegal, and too complicated but the reality is quite the opposite.
Windows password recovery tools are just software programs that you can freely download from various legitimate websites and then use to either find the lost Windows password or quickly reset/delete it, allowing you back in.
Okay, I admit, resetting your password with this trick might be slightly harder than actually pushing a "reset" button, but it's just short of guaranteed to work.
If downloading unfamiliar software, burning discs, or mastering flash drives doesn't sound like things you're interested in, give this a try. You'll have to do a little command-line work but all you'll need is access to your Windows installation or recovery media... and a little patience.
This is the option you really don't want to try but I include it here because it's a certain fix for a Windows lost password problem.
A clean install of Windows is a complete erasure of your hard drive, followed by a reinstallation of the Windows operating system. I have some great step-by-step tutorials linked below but the clean install process is time consuming and you lose everything in the process.
I have been able to take the hard drive out of the computer and install it as a second drive on another computer. I used recovery software and was able to recover documents, pictures and most user data. Then when I installed a new Windows system I added this data to the new user.