How to Unlock Laptop Password Windows Vista If Locked Out

How to unlock a locked laptop Windows Vista if forgot administrator password? Is it hard to regain access to your laptop or get back all your data?

In fact, there are several ways to reset laptop password Windows Vista when you lost your administrator password and totally locked out of your laptop. This article will show you step-by-step guide about how to easily unlock laptop password Windows Vista without losing data. Tips in this article will work for all Windows Vista versions on any brand of laptop.

Tip 1: Reset Administrator Password Windows Vista and Unlock Your Laptop without Password.

When you forget laptop password Windows Vista and locked out of the laptop, the best way to gain access to your data is unlocking the administrator account. Here I will show you how to use Windows Password Rescuer Personal, the best Windows password recovery tool, to easily reset Windows Vista administrator password without knowing it. Then you can log on Windows Vista on your laptop as administrator without entering any password.

This program is powerful that it also works for any other Windows system such as Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, 2000 and Windows server. All you need is to prepare another available computer for creating a Windows Vista password recovery disk with CD/DVD or USB.

Step 1: Create a Windows Vista password recovery disk on another computer.

1. Purchase Windows Password Rescuer Personal full version and then you will receive a full download link immediately from your provided email. Then download and install the software.

2. Pug in a USB flash drive to the computer. Run Windows Password Rescuer Personal and then select “USB device” from the interface.

3. Make sure that you have backed up all data on your USB. Pull down drive list and choose your USB drive. Then click “Begin Burning” start creating a Windows password recovery disk.

4. Once burning completed, unplug your USB flash drive and then transfer it to your locked laptop which you would like to unlock.

Step 2: Boot your locked laptop from the Windows password recovery disk.

1. Connect the burned USB flash drive to your locked laptop.

2. Power on the laptop and then press F12 or Fn+F12 to get into “Boot Menu” screen. From here you are able to choose a way to boot your laptop. Press arrow key to highlight your USB device and then press Enter key. The laptop will automatically boot from USB. Read more about this step.

Step 3: Unlock your locked laptop Windows Vista by resetting the administrator password.

Once your laptop boots from USB (your Windows password recovery disk), Windows Password Rescuer Personal will run automatically and load all Windows Vista user accounts. Now you can reset any user account password with a few clicks.

1. Click “Administrator” from user list.

2. Click “Reset Password” button, the program will ask you to confirm. Click “Yes”.

3. Administrator password will be removed and shown “blank” in password list. You can reset other user accounts passwords as well.

4. Click “Reboot” button. When a confirm message pops up, unplug your USB first and then click “Yes”. The laptop will automatically restart.

5. Once Windows Vista login screen appears, click “Administrator” to log on without password. Yes, you have successfully unlocked your laptop and all your data are still there.

If you want to unlock laptop password Windows 10, 8 or 7, just using the USB flash drive to boot your locked laptop and do like this. You don’t need to make the Windows password recovery disk again.


Tip 2: Unlock Laptop Password Windows Vista Using Password Reset Disk.

Without using third-party software, you can use a Windows Vista password reset disk to easily reset your login password from login screen. If you have previously created the password reset disk for your admin account, follow the steps bellow to easily unlock your laptop Windows Vista.

Step 1: Select you admin account from login screen. After you have entered a wrong password, Windows will show you a link to reset password. Insert your Windows Vista password reset disk (a USB or floppy) to the laptop and then open the password reset link.

Step 2: Windows Vista will give you a “Password Reset Wizard” to help reset your forgotten admin password. Just follow the instruction on the wizard. Click “Next”.

Step 3: Select your password reset disk from drive list, then click “Next”.

Step 4: Type a new password and confirm it by reentering it in the confirm box. Then click “Next”. The old password will be replaced with the new one and everything about the user account will remain unchanged.


Tip 3: Use Super Administrator to Unlock Laptop Password Windows Vista.

Usually, the super administrator’s password is blank and it was disabled by default when you install Windows Vista on your laptop. So an easy way to unlock your laptop Windows Vista is to enable the super administrator. If you don’t know how to enable it, you can find it in Windows Vista safe mode and then try to sign in without password. Then you can reset your current admin account’s password in control panel or CMD. Here is the guide to use super administrator in safe mode and unlock laptop password Windows Vista.

Step 1: Power on your laptop, press F8 immediately before loading the startup screen. It will give you several advanced boot options on the screen. Hit arrow key to choose “Safe Mode” and then press “Enter” key. Then the laptop will automatically boot in safe mode.

Step 2: When login screen appears, “Administrator” account will be displayed beside your current user accounts. Click it to login without password.

Step 3: Now you are able to open Windows Vista control panel – user accounts – manage another user account – select your admin account – change/remove its password.

Step 4: After that, restart your laptop and then you can log on Windows Vista with/without password.


Tip 4: Use Windows Vista Installation Disk to Unlock Laptop Password Windows Vista.

If you don’t have password reset disk or you cannot login the super administrator account on your laptop, you can use a Windows Vista installation disk to reset your Windows Vista admin password and then unlock your locked laptop with new password. This trick may be a little complex that you will need to copy cmd.exe and rename it so you can open it from Windows Vista login screen to reset password by using command. Let’s go through the steps bellow.

Step 1: Insert your Windows Vista installation disk into your laptop which you would like to unlock.

Step 2: Boot the laptop from the installation disk. If you are using a Windows Vista installation USB, refer to this tutorial. If you are using a Windows Vista installation CD/DVD, refer to: how to boot from CD/DVD.

Step 3: Once Windows Vista setup screen appears, choose the right language and then click “Next”.

Step 4: In next screen, select “Repair your computer”.

Step 5: You will see where your Windows Vista installation is. Click “Next”.

Step 6: Select “Command Prompt” from system recovery options.

Step 7: In the CMD window, run the following command lines to copy and rename cmd.exe.

1. Type “c:” and hit Enter.

2. Type “cd c:\windows\system32” and hit Enter.

3. Type “REN sethc.exe sethc_bak.exe” and hit Enter.

4. Type “copy cmd.exe sethc.exe” and hit Enter.

5. Type “exit” and hit Enter to close the window.

Step 8: Now click “restart” to restart your laptop.

Step 9: When Windows Vista login screen appears, hit “Shift” key five times to open the “sethc.exe”. Then type “net user [username] [new password]” and hit Enter. You target user account’s password will be replaced with new one.

Step 10: Now close sethc window and then you can sign into your user account with the new password.


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