If you’ve ever forgotten a password and none of the usual tricks work to get you back into your Windows box, then a boot CD like Hiren is a must. Of all the things that you can do with this boot disc none is as useful as making admin accounts. What this means is that if you have physical access to a machine then there is nothing to prevent you from gaining administrative access.
You can download the ISO for Hiren at http://www.hirensbootcd.org This article presumes you already know how to create a boot disc from and ISO image and can boot to it. If you’ve never used the Hiren Boot CD before then do yourself a favor and try it. It is an indispensable tool in any technician’s bag of tricks.
1) After booting the disc, select the mini XP option. Once your at the desktop click on the wrench icon in the notification area and navigate to Pass Renew. The path is: Passwords/Keys-Windows Login- Password Renew.
2) At the Pass Renew screen click on “Select Target” in the lower right. Then browse to the Windows folder on the local hard drive.
3) Click OK, then click on the “Create new Administrator user” option under “Select a task” on the left of the screen. Then enter the username and password you want to use for the new account. For this tutorial we’ll use testadmin as the username. Then click the “Install” option under “Select an (a) action” on the left.
4) You will see a popup stating that the creating the new user is “Done.” Go ahead and click “OK”
5) Now there is one trick to this next step that you must do correctly. DO NOT “X” OUT! You must click the “Quit” option under “Select an action” to finish using the program and use the account just created. If you simply click the “X” then the account will show up on the Welcome screen but you won’t be able to logon. So make sure to click “Quit.”
That’s all there is to it. Now you can eject the disc and reboot the machine. If all has gone well you will see your new account and be able to logon.
Hiren’s Boot CD is among the best all purpose boot disc out there. With a large amount of antivirus apps and a huge variety of other tech tools there’s not much you can’t do with this disc. Honestly, I’ve tried most of them out there and other than the Backtrack CD there simply is no other disc I use.
All for now,
Rome’s IT Guy
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Techflie13 on March 18, 2019:
this post saved me when I had an ID10T remove a critical server from the domain and lock out the local admin. thank you for posting
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Jeisolly112 on January 30, 2018:
thanks for your share.. i also found other password tool like ntpassword, iseepssword, ophcrack and more..
ttlowelc on September 25, 2017:
Does it work on the latest Windows 10 machine?
evantos on May 09, 2017:
Password Renew doesn't work with Windows 10 Creators Update. In the end I reset my forgotten admin password with PCUnlocker bootdisk. Hopefully there is a new update with Password Renew.
Flavio Avila on July 28, 2015:
I want to create an admin account because there aren't any listed. I followed the instructions and When I'm Browsing for the folder. I selected the C:\ and tried to open the file three (+) then a message pops up indicating that the disk is not formatted and asks me if I'd like to format now. What can I do in this case. Thanks for the help :)
Ravindra on October 20, 2014:
Your Rock Hiren
ints on September 12, 2014:
Super! It works, im happy :)
Jeff on June 30, 2014:
Works on Windows 8 also!
Help .... on March 21, 2014:
Please what is the username and password of hiren
Kevin on March 20, 2014:
Thank you for the post, worked great. you rock
Chazz on December 30, 2013:
Thank you so much, it worked perfectly.
jad on October 11, 2013:
hi romesitguy ,
perfect article, but i wondering if you can give me a way to do the same for
a user in pc joined to the domain .. i need to setup programs on my pc on domain how can i do that ??
dan on September 27, 2013:
Thank you for the tip. I was able to recover a virtual machine after the domain was lost.
Gustavo Holguin on May 29, 2013:
Awesome. Many Thanks
iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on January 23, 2013:
Very useful information, now you have the access to the unit you're using and at the same time your privacy and control is ensured. I would like to try this and follow your step-by-step instructions. Voted up, useful, shared and a following. :)
Imran on November 30, 2012:
Well Don!, it really works, it big good to do with the huminity.
Regards to all who contribute for this blog. Once again thanks to Hirens CD and all of you
romesitguy (author) from Rome, Georgia in the United States on October 01, 2012:
Hi Hope, sounds like you figured it out better than I could. After your first post I thought maybe just use NT Password. However, sometimes Hiren does have problems. Haven't seen to many on old XP machines though. Sorry you had to come up with a work around. Oh....there is also a tool called Windows Gate that works (usually) great on XP. It basically will let you log in without having to create on account by disabling password validation. In other words, it temporarily will let you log in with a blank password. Also, if your downloading different versions of Hiren and have no problem working with boot disc then this article wasn't meant for you. Your no beginner. And thanks for the feedback.
Hope on October 01, 2012:
Could it be that you need to reset the original admin's password to proceed on creating a new admin account? (because I manage to make it work once the original admin's password was reset to nothing).
Tried this with Hiren 10.4 and 13.1 Boot disc on an ordinary windows XP professional SP3. My guess is that it must be acting the same way with Hiren 15.1 as well.
Hope on September 27, 2012:
Not working... the new user doesn't figure anywhere in the SAM file. Once you complete with quit, if you go back and click on "Turn existing user to admin", the new user isn't there (Even if you reboot)???