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Windows: How to reset the administrator password?

On my Windows 7 computer, I created an administrator account "Admin" and then demoted my primary account to a standard user.

Now, Windows is not recognizing my password for the "admin" account and I can't get admin rights on my computer.

How can I either reset the password or make another admin account?

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marked as duplicate by Mehper C. Palavuzlar, Diago Dec 6 '10 at 6:52

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Windows XP admin password is trivial to bypass -- not so with Win 7 IMO. –  wag2639 Dec 6 '10 at 2:28

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The supported way is to use Locksmith.

Now, Windows is not recognizing my password for the "admin" account

aka you forgot it.

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Here's a tool that I used couple months ago for a similar reason:


  • This is a utility to reset the password of any user that has a valid (local) account on your Windows NT/2k/XP/Vista/Win7 etc system.
  • You do not need to know the old password to set a new one.
  • It works offline, that is, you have to shutdown your computer and boot off a floppydisk or CD or another system.
  • Will detect and offer to unlock locked or disabled out user accounts!
  • There is also a registry editor and other registry utilities that works under linux/unix, and can be used for other things than password editing.
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If you are more comfortable using Ubuntu, or you have already got a live CD lying around somewhere the How-To-Geek has a great blog post on how to change or reset a Windows Account's password.

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