Change your windows password in Under 5 Minutes. No Software Needed.
Easy to follow instructions
Remember to always get permission from the rightful owner before attempting any of what you are about to see.
Step by Step Tutorial.
Step 1. Restart Windows with the windows disk in the DVD-Rom.
Step 2. Boot from the windows 7 disk.
Step 3. Press Shift and F10 on the install screen to open command prompt.
Step 4. type "regedit" to open the registry editor.
Step 5. Select local machine and go to file and then select load hive.
Step 6. browse to your system file in the config folder and open it.
Step 7. type in any key name (we used test2)
Step 8. expand local host and test2 key
Step 9. Select setup and right click setup type.
Step 10. Right click setup type and modify the value data to 2 and hex selected.
Step 11. Right click "cmdLine" and modify value data to "cmd.exe".
Step 12. Select test2 go to file and exit.
Step 13. VERY IMPORTANT! type "regedit" again and make sure test 2 is selected.
Step 14. Go to file and select unload hive.
Step 15. File exit and close all the windows and let windows boot up.
Step 16. Type in net user (your username) * and press enter.
If you do not know the username, type in "net user" and press enter, a list of all users on that computer will be displayed.
Step 17. Enter a new password and confirm it.
Step 18. Optional if you want to create a new user account, enter net user (new user account name) /add
Step 19. Optional for the new user account, enter net user (new user account name) *
Step 20. Optional enter a password for the new user account and confirm it.
Step 21. Type exit.
Step 22. Well done, now enter your new password for the user account and log in (if you typed in one) you may also leave the password blank if no minimum requirements was set up previously.
Tips for creating a strong password
Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer.
The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software. You should make sure you have strong passwords for all accounts on your computer. If you're using a corporate network, your network administrator might require you to use a strong password.
A strong pass:
- Is at least eight characters long.
- Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
- Does not contain a complete word.
- Is significantly different from previous passwords.
- Contains characters from each of the four categories.
A password might meet all the criteria above and still be a weak password. For example, Hello2U! meets all the criteria for a strong password listed above, but is still weak because it contains a complete word. H3ll0 2 U! is a stronger alternative because it replaces some of the letters in the complete word with numbers and also includes spaces.
Remembering your strong password:
- Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information. For example, pick a phrase that is meaningful to you such as My son's birthday is 12 December, 2004. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Msbi12/Dec,4 for your password.
- Substitute numbers, symbols, and misspellings for letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase. For example, My son's birthday is 12 December, 2004 could become Mi$un's Brthd8iz 12124 (it's OK to use spaces in your password).
- Relate your password to a favorite hobby or sport. For example, I love to play badminton could become ILuv2PlayB@dm1nt()n.
If you feel you must write down your pass key in order to remember it, make sure you don't label it, and keep it in a safe place.