Fix: Windows 7 Password Reset Without Any Software

People have a habit of forgetting their passwords, whether related to their email accounts or Windows login accounts. It becomes quite difficult when a password is forgotten, as access to that particular account is restricted. Windows 7 offers a better solution for this issue, and nearly 99% of people don’t know about it.

The most interesting thing is that it’s quite easy, as it would take no more than 15 minutes to unlock the world from which you were banned.

So, the password can be reset without using any third-party application.

Things You Will Need:

To reset a Windows 7 password, you will need a Windows 7 PC (that’s essential) and a Windows 7 System Repair Disk. However, you probably won’t have a system repair disk. Therefore, to create this disk, you will need a CD/DVD, or you can also use a USB. You can follow these steps to create a repair disk.

  • Go to Control panel and select System and Maintenance. Click on Backup and Restore
  • Right on the left pane, click on ‘Create a system repair disk.’ A new window will pop up with a drive selection. Select the drive where you want to create the repair disk, and press the ‘Create disc‘ button.

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Solution for Resetting a Windows 7 Password:

Follow this simple solution to reset the password on Windows 7 accordingly.

1. After creating the System Repair disk or USB using the wizard mentioned above, restart your PC with the System Repair Disk, and press any key when prompted. This will boot into the Install Windows screen, where you can select System Recovery Options.

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2. Click on the ‘Next’ button, and at the ‘Choose a Recovery Tool‘ window, select ‘Command Prompt‘ located at the bottom. This will open up the command prompt.

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3. Inside the command prompt, type the following line of code and press Enter.

copy c:windowssystem32sethc.exe c:\

4. After hitting the Enter key, type the following code to overwrite the existing password. Press the Enter key again, and when prompted to overwrite, type ‘Yes‘ followed by the Enter key.

copy c:windowssystem32cmd.exe c:windowssystem32sethc.exe


5. Now, close the command prompt and restart your PC. On the logon screen of Windows 7, press the Shift key 5 times, and you will see a command window pop up. Type the following command to create a new password.

Net user (enter the name of the account) (enter any password).

You can see the example in the picture below.

6. Press the Enter key, and when prompted to overwrite, type ‘Yes‘ inside the command prompt and press Enter again. Now, you can log in to Windows using the new password that you set at the same moment.

7. It will log you into Windows 7 successfully. However, there is still one thing left to do, i.e., putting the original file back in place. For this purpose, reboot your PC using the System Repair Disk again, and inside the Command Prompt, type the following code. Press the Enter key after typing.                                                                     

Copy c:sethc.exe to c:windows\system32\sethc.exe.

If prompted to overwrite, type ‘Yes‘ and exit the command prompt. Restart your PC, and you are finished.


Kevin Arrows

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