You need your password reset do you ?
You know the frustration.
You are sitting in front of the computer thinking hard trying to remember your password!
We've all been there at least once in our lifetime.
You might be in a position where you don’t have a dedicated IT technical support team and might want to attempt resetting the password yourself.
It's possible to do it yourself and this guide we hope to make the process easy to follow.
This guide is only applicable for windows machines. For all you apple computers? Sorry, I will create a separate article for you.
*Please note* - The images in this article are a very low quality as they were taken on a old LCD screen.
Before we start below are a few pre-requisites.
- Rufus - Download
- Hirens boot CD image- Download
- USB stick at least 6GB in size
Preparing the USB stick
First things first, you need to prepare the USB stick.
What I mean by this is that you need to basically install a piece of software on your USB stick so you can later on request to boot off it.
What do you mean?
By default your computer boots off an inbuilt hard disk to boot up the Operating System which is also known as “Windows”. In this exercise, we are going to request your computer to boot off the USB stick instead.
Insert your USB
Right click and run the Rufus application.
Once the application is open, across where is says boot selection, click on SELECT.
Navigate to the Hiren's.BootCD.15.2.iso you downloaded in the prerequisites section of this page.
Make sure you have selected your usb device in the device section and ensure that the partition scheme is set to “mbr”
Turn on your computer and as your computer boots enter the boot menu by taping F2 as soon as your computer begins to power on.
Select your USB and press enter.
Navigate and select “Mini windows xp”
Once you have logged in double click the windows icon on the desktop name “HBCD”
Click on programs and navigate down to passwords / keys
Select NTPWEDIT (Reset XP/ VSITA/ 7 User password)
Change the drive letter
Click the desired username followed by change.
Close the application.
Remove the USB stick and log into windows as per normal.
You have successfully reset your windows password.
The most challenging part of this article will be getting your PC to boot off your USB. The most common method to boot into windows is pressing "esc" on your keyboard as soon as the PC starts to boot up.
I encourage all to follow this procedure responsibly.
If there is any comments or questions, feel free to drop us a comment.