How to Reset HP Laptop Password Windows Vista

How to unlock a locked HP laptop Windows Vista if forgot the password? The fastest way to unlock your HP laptop is resetting the forgotten Windows Vista password. If you are searching for a safe and easy way to reset HP laptop password Windows Vista, tutorials in this article will help you perfectly resolve the password issue.

This article will show you four popular methods to reset forgotten Windows Vista password on HP laptop/desktop computer. No matter how long and complex the password is, you can follow these guides to instantly reset it without knowing it.

Method 1: Use Password Rescuer.

Method 2: Use a Working Admin Account.

Method 3: Use Windows Vista Password Reset Disk.

Method 4: Use CMD in Safe Mode.

These methods are safe and easy enough for everyone. Working perfectly for Windows Vista Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate, etc.

Method 1: Use Password Rescuer.

Why use Password Rescuer? Because this is currently the best password recovery tool which can help reset any Windows user account password on any brand of computer such as Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, HUAWEI, Toshiba Samsung etc. At present, it works perfectly for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows server 2019, 2016, 2012/R2, 2008/R2, 2003 etc. You also can use it to recover password for many popular files such as Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, RAR, ZIP, PDF etc.

If you have forgotten your Windows Vista admin password and totally locked out of your HP laptop, just to use Password Rescuer to unlock your HP laptop password Windows Vista by resetting the forgotten admin password without affecting your files or changing your settings.

Step 1: Use Password Rescuer to create a Windows password recovery disk.

Password Rescuer supports creating Windows password recovery disk with CD/DVD/USB. This guide will take a USB for example.

1. Download Password Rescuer Personal and then install it on a working computer which you can access as administrator. Password Rescuer can be installed on all versions of Windows system. (Free download Password Rescuer Personal.)

2. Once finish installing, plug a blank USB flash drive to the computer and launch the software. There are several options for you to reset/recover password for Windows, documents and database files. Just choose “Remove Windows administrator and user passwords”.

create hp password reset disk

3. Next, choose “Windows Password Rescuer”.

create hp password reset disk

4. Check “Burn to USB” option. Pull down the drive list and select the plugged USB drive. Then click “Burn” button to create a Windows password recovery disk.

create hp password reset disk

5. Burning process will be completed in a minute. When it tells you burning successfully, close the software and unplug your USB.

create hp password reset disk

Step 2: Use the USB to reset Windows Vista password on your HP laptop/desktop computer.

1. Connect the burned USB to your HP laptop which you’d like to unlock.

connect USB to HP laptop

2. Power on the laptop and hit F12/Fn+F12 key as soon as possible. When HP boot menu appears, press arrow key to highlight USB option and then press “Enter” to boot the laptop from your USB Windows password recovery disk. (Have trouble? Learn how to boot computer from USB.)

boot HP laptp from USB

3. Once your HP laptop successfully boots from USB, Windows Password Rescuer screen will be loaded. All Windows Vista user accounts will be shown on the screen. Now select a user account which you’d like to reset its password. For example, select “Administrator”.

select Windows Vista user account

4. Click “Reset Password” button to reset the administrator password. When a confirm message pops up, click “Yes”.

reset administrator password

5. The password will be removed and shown blank.

passowrd removed

6. Now you just need to restart the laptop. Click “Reboot”. Then remove the USB and confirm restarting.

restart HP laptop

7. After restarting, click “Administrator” to unlock the HP laptop without password.

unlock HP laptop Windows Vista without password


Method 2: Use a Working Admin Account.

When you forget HP laptop password Windows Vista, a working admin account on the laptop must be the best way to reset your forgotten password. Follow these:

Step 1: Login Windows Vista with the admin account. Open “Start” menu and then launch “Control Panel”.

launch Control Panel

Step 2: Open “User Accounts”, then “Manage another account”.

manage user accounts

Step 3: Choose your target user account and then click “Change the password”.

select a user account

Step 4: Type a new password in the “New password” box and then type it again in the “Confirm new password” box. Set a password hint if you need. Then click “Change password”. In next sign-in, you can use the new password to log on the user account.

reset password for the user account


Method 3: Use Windows Vista Password Reset Disk.

If there is only one admin account in your HP laptop Windows Vista and unfortunately you lost the password, a pre-created password reset disk will help fix it easily and safely. Note that a free Windows Vista password reset disk must be created when you still can log on your admin account. Learn how to use password reset disk to reset password on HP laptop Windows Vista.

Step 1: When you entered a wrong password for your admin account, Windows will tell you that the user name and password is incorrect. Click “OK”.

enter a wrong password

Step 2: Under the password box, click “Reset password” link.

open hp vista password reset wizard

Step 3: Insert your password reset disk to the laptop and then click “Next”.

insert password reset disk

Step 4: The connected password reset disk will be shown in drive list. Pull down the drive list and then select it. Then click “Next”.

select inserted password reset disk

Step 5: Choose a new password for your admin account. This password will replace the old one and everything else about the user account will remain unchanged. Type a new password twice and then click “Next”. Then Finish. After that, you can use the new password to unlock the HP laptop.

set a new password for the user account


Method 4: Use CMD in Safe Mode.

If you have forgotten Windows Vista admin password and locked out of your HP laptop as you don’t have a password reset disk, using Password Rescuer to create a password recovery disk is a good choice. In fact, you can try another way to log into the laptop and then reset your forgotten Windows Vista admin password: Boot Windows Vista in Safe Mode and login with the built-in administrator. Usually, there is no password for the built-in administrator.

After you logging in, you can run a simple command to reset any user account password in the HP laptop. Here is how:

Note: if the built-in administrator is disabled or you have create a password for it and now you lost the password, this method cannot help you at all.

Step 1: Power on your HP laptop and hit F8/Fn+F8 key as soon as possible. When “Advanced Boot Options” appears, press arrow key to highlight “Safe Mode with Command Prompt” and then press “Enter” key.

boot hp laptop Windows Vista in safe mode

Step 2: PC reboots in Safe Mode. When Windows Vista login screen appears, click “Administrator” to log on without password.

log on built-in administrator

Step 3: “Command Prompt” will run automatically. Type “net user” and then press “Enter”, all user accounts will be displayed in the command window.

list all Vista user accounts

Step 4: To reset your Windows Vista admin password, type “net user [user name] [new password]” and then press “Enter”.

reset admin passowrd for hp laptop Windows Vista

Step 5: Now press CTRL-ALT-DEL keys and restart the laptop. After that, you can use the new password to unlock your HP laptop Windows Vista. All your personal files will be fine.

restart and use new password to unlock the hp laptop


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