How to Reset Administrator Password in Windows

Updated on January 9, 2018
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Reset Admin Password Using Offline NT Password and Registry Editor

There are many Windows password recovery programs available in the internet. However, most of them are for sale and/or available for trial. This tutorial bypasses all the hassle and cost of simply getting access to your administrator password.

But first, you need to prepare these things:

  • Accessible Computer/Laptop
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Offline NT Password Software (download here) Note: Download the one with a filename that looks like this: cd140201.zip.
  • Rufus Bootable USB Creator (download here)

Step 1: Creating a Bootable USB Flash Drive using Rufus

Using a computer you have access to, download the two software listed above. Both programs are no more than 20 MB in size.

  1. Insert your Flash Drive in the computer's USB port. Note that the USB will be formatted, whatever files inside will be erased. Be sure to transfer the files you need from the USB to your computer.
  2. Extract the file inside the zip file downloaded from Offline NT Password website. Put it in the desktop or folder you can access easily.
  3. Run Rufus from your computer.
  4. Set the settings to match the picture below. All of them are in default except the one with the ISO image. Be sure to select this.
  5. Click little icon (encircled red in the picture) and locate the file you have extracted. The file should look like this: cd140201.iso.
  6. Click Start. Wait for a few seconds for the program to format and make your USB Flash Drive bootable.

After Rufus completes the process, your flash drive should now be bootable.
After Rufus completes the process, your flash drive should now be bootable.

Step 2: Booting the Offline NT Password and Registry Editor from the USB

Now that your USB is bootable, it is time to get to work in the computer where you want the administrator password reset.

  1. Insert the USB in the computer.
  2. Now we need to make the computer boot from the USB. If you are using the newer systems, chances are they could be running UEFI Firmware instead of BIOS. Some systems boots to the UEFI/BIOS firmware after pressing F2 or Del upon turning on the computer. However, if you can access UEFI through this, you have to do so through the Windows OS. To do so:
  • Login to your account in Windows.
  • Go to Start, then Settings.
  • In the Settings window, choose Update and Security.
  • Then click Recovery in the left side of that window.
  • Below Advanced startup, click Restart now. It should load up more options for restarting.

  • When the options appear, select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings

3. When the Firmware boots up, select Boot in the options at the top.

4. Select Boot Mode and change it to Legacy. Exit and save the settings.

5. After exiting from the BIOS/UEFI, press F12 (or depending on your system F8) to go to the Boot Option menu.

6. In the Boot Option menu, select USB Flash Disk to boot the NT Password and Registry Editor.

Step 3: Resetting the Administrator Password

Now your computer should boot the software from the USB.

1. Don't worry about the texts coming up. All of the default options should lead you to the password reset. Keep pressing Enter until you get to this option:

2. You should now see the accounts in your screen. To select the account you want to reset, note its corresponding RID code on the leftmost side of the table. Type the RID code and press Enter.

You should meet this options after that:

The most useful options here are options 1, 2 and 3.

3. To clear the password, select option 1 by typing 1 and press Enter. To unlock an account, in cases where an administrator account is disable, select option 2. To promote an account to administrator, select 3.

4. After making the necessary changes, select q and press Enter. After exiting here, you will be taken back to the list of accounts. You can then change another account by doing the same steps above.

5. Press q again to exit. You will be prompted to save the changes you have made. Type y and press Enter. The software will save and exit from the registry.

6. To restart your computer, press Alt + Ctrl + Del. You can now login to your administrator account without a password. You can then add a new password by going to the user accounts in the Control Panel.

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