How to Unlock Windows 7 Enterprise When Forgot Password

Forgot Windows 7 Enterprise password no reset disk? How to unlock Windows 7 Enterprise without factory reset or re-installing the system?

If you have forgotten your Windows 7 Enterprise password and unable to login, the fastest way to unlock Windows 7 Enterprise is resetting the password. Tricks in this article will help you easily reset forgotten Windows 7 Enterprise password with USB or enabling the built-in administrator account without password.

Trick 1: Reset Windows 7 Enterprise Administrator Password with Windows Password Rescuer.

Trick 2: Reset Windows 7 Enterprise Password Using Command Prompt.

Trick 3: Enable Built-in Administrator and Unlock Windows 7 Enterprise without Software.

Tricks apply to any brand of laptop and desktop computers: Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, Samsung etc.

Trick 1: Reset Windows 7 Enterprise Administrator Password with Windows Password Rescuer.

Windows Password Rescuer is an all-in-one Windows password recovery software which can help reset or recover Windows local and domain admin password with CD/DVD and USB flash drive. It works perfectly for all versions of Windows system such as Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003 etc. If you forgot Windows password and don't have a password reset disk or an available admin account, it will help you easily fix the issue.

In this guide, I will show you how to use Windows Password Rescuer Personal to create a bootable USB and then use it to reset Windows 7 Enterprise administrator password without losing data. (Free download Windows Password Rescuer Personal)

Step 1: Create a bootable USB on another computer.

1. Use an accessible computer to download and install Windows Password Rescuer Personal.

2. Plug a blank USB into the computer and launch the software. It gives you two ways to create a bootable disk, just choose “USB device”.

3. In the next screen, pull down the drive list and then select the USB you inserted. Then click “Begin Burning”. It will create a bootable USB automatically for you.

4. When complete burning, close the software and then transfer the USB disk to your locked computer which you need to unlock.

Step 2: Boot your locked computer from USB.

To reset Windows 7 Enterprise on your locked computer, you must firstly setup the computer to boot from USB. Plug your bootable USB into the computer. Tab the power button and then hit “F12” key as soon as possible to open boot menu. Press arrow key to move to your USB device and then press “Enter”. The computer will boot from USB if the USB is connected. If you have trouble to do this, read the step-by-step guide about how to boot computer from USB.

Step 3: Reset Windows 7 Enterprise Password with a few clicks.

Once your locked computer successfully boots from USB, Windows Password Rescuer will run automatically and load all user accounts of Windows 7 Enterprise. Now you are able to reset any user account’s password with a few clicks.

1. Click “Administrator” or your target user account.

2. Click “Reset Password” button to reset the user account’s password. When a confirm message pops up, click “Yes”.

3. The user account’s password will be reset to blank so you can log on that user account in Windows 7 Enterprise without password.

4. To finish, click “Reboot”. When a confirm message pops up, unplug your USB and then click “Yes” to restart the computer.

5. When Windows 7 Enterprise welcome screen appears, click the user account to sign in without password.

This is currently the easiest way to reset forgotten Windows password when you are totally locked out of your computer.


Trick 2: Reset Windows 7 Enterprise Password Using Command Prompt.

When you forgot Windows 7 Enterprise password, the first thing you should do is using an available admin account to help reset the forgotten password. The easiest way to reset Windows 7 Enterprise user password is using Command Prompt. Here is how.

Step 1: Login Windows 7 with an available admin account. In the search box, type in cmd and then select “cmd.exe” from search result.

Step 2: In the command window, type in “net user” and then press “Enter”. All user accounts of Windows 7 Enterprise will be displayed.

Step 3: To reset a user account’s password, just type “net user dave 123456” (replace “dave” with yours) and then press “Enter”. The user account dave’s password will be reset to 123456. You will now be able to log on the user account with the new password in next sign-in.


Trick 3: Enable Built-in Administrator and Unlock Windows 7 Enterprise without Software.

Commonly, there is a built-in administrator account which was disabled in Windows 7 Enterprise. If you never activated the account, now you can enable the built-in administrator and then use it to unlock Windows 7 Enterprise. Don’t worry about that you don’t know the password of the built-in user account. You can easily reset the password without knowing it while enabling the user account.

Here is the step-by-step guide to enable Windows 7 Enterprise built-in administrator and reset its password.

Step 1: Insert a Windows 7 installation CD/DVD into the CD/DVD-ROM of your computer.

Step 2: Setup the computer to boot from your disk by changing devices’ boot order in BIOS SUTUP. Learn how to boot computer form CD/DVD.

Step 3: PC boots from CD/DVD, you must firstly press a key to continue.

Step 4: Windows install screen appears. Select “English” if there are multiple language in the installation. Then click “Next”.

Step 5: Click “Repair your computer”.

Step 6: It will show you where your Windows 7 installation is. It is on D: drive in this guide. Click “Next” to continue.

Step 7: On the “System Recovery Options” screen, click “Command Prompt”.

Step 8: Command Prompt window is open. Use the following commands to replace “sethc.exe” with “cmd.exe”.

1. Type “d:” and then press “Enter”. Note: If your Windows 7 Enterprise is installed on C: drive, replace “d:” with “c:” in this command.

2. Type “cd windows” and then press “Enter”.

3. Type “cd system32” and then press “Enter”.

4. Type “ren sethc.exe sethc_bak.exe” and then press “Enter”.

5. Type “copy cmd.exe sethc.exe” and then press “Enter”.

Step 9: Close the command prompt window and then click “Restart”.

Step 10: When the Windows 7 welcome screen appears, hit “Shift” key five times to run “sethc.exe”. In the sethc window, type in “net user” and then press “Enter”. You will see all user accounts including the built-in administrator of Windows 7 Enterprise.

Step 11: To activate the built-in administrator, type in “net user administrator /active:yes” and then press “Enter”. To reset its password, type in “net user administrator 123456” and then press “Enter”.

Step 12: Now the built-in administrator is activated and the password has been changed to 123456. Close the sethc window and then restart the computer.

Step 13: When the Windows 7 Enterprise welcome screen appears, you will see the built-in administrator account is displayed in front of your user account. Now you can use the new password to log on administrator and unlock your Windows 7 Enterprise!


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