How to Unlock Windows Vista Password If Locked Out of Computer

How to unlock Windows Vista if forgot your administrator password? If you got locked out of your Windows Vista laptop/desktop computer, this tutorial will help you a lot.

It will show you three practical methods to unlock Windows Vista password without losing data when you are totally locked out of your computer. These methods apply to all versions of Windows Vista includes 32 and 64 bits: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate etc.

Method 1: Unlock Windows Vista Administrator Password by Using Password Rescuer.

Method 2: Unlock Windows Vista Password with Password Reset Disk.

Method 3: Unlock Windows Vista Admin Password by Using Sethc Command Prompt.

Method 1: Unlock Windows Vista Administrator Password by Using Password Rescuer.

With help of Password Rescuer, you can easily unlock Windows Vista administrator or user password without losing data. This is a powerful password recovery software which not only can unlock Windows local and domain accounts on any computer, but also recover password for popular archives and documents such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access database, Outlook data file, PDF, ZIP, RAR etc. (Free download Password Rescuer Personal)

In this tutorial, I will take Windows Vista for example to show you how to use Password Rescuer Personal to unlock Windows Vista by resetting the administrator password instantly. It is easy and 100% working.

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

1. Click “Buy Now” button to purchase Password Rescuer full version and then you will receive a full download link in seconds.

2. Use an accessible computer to download and install the software. Upon launch it. On the Password Rescuer screen, choose “Remove Windows administrator and user passwords”.

3. On the next screen, choose “Windows Password Rescuer”. Then plug a blank USB flash driver into the computer.

4. Select “Burn to USB”. Your USB flash drive will be shown in drive list. Select it and then click “Burn” to create a password recovery disk.

5. When successfully complete burning, unplug your USB and then transfer it to your Windows Vista computer.

Step 2: Use the password recovery disk to unlock your Windows Vista computer.

1. Plug the USB password recovery disk into your Windows Vista computer.

2. Start the computer and setup it to boot from USB. Here is the step-by-step guide about how to boot from USB.

3. Once your computer successfully boots from USB, Windows Password Rescuer will run automatically. All Windows system in the computer will be list. Now select “Windows Vista” and then select “Administrator”.

4. Click “Reset Password”. When you see a confirm message, click “Yes”.

5. The administrator’s password has been removed and shown “blank” in list. If you’d like to reset another user account’s password, just do like this.

6. When you accomplish the password reset task, you need to restart the computer. Just click “Reboot”. When a confirm message pops up, firstly unplug your USB and then click “Yes”.

7. When Windows Vista login screen appears, select administrator to sign in without password. Yes, now you are able to unlock Windows Vista without password.


Method 2: Unlock Windows Vista Password with Password Reset Disk.

If you have previously created a password reset disk for your user account in Windows Vista, it is time to find out it and use it to unlock Windows Vista password easily. This is a free way for any user to reset forgotten Windows Vista user account password without losing data. Here is how:

Step 1: When you attempt to log on your user account in Windows Vista, if you enter a wrong password, it will tell you the use name or password is incorrect. Click “OK” to close the message.

Step 2: A “Reset password” link will be shown under the password box. Now insert your password reset disk (A floppy, DVD or USB) to the computer and then select the “Reset password” link.

Step 3: “Password Reset Wizard” is open. It will instruct you to easily reset password for your user account. To continue, click “Next”.

Step 4: Pull down the drive list and then select your password reset disk. Then click “Next”.

Step 5: Type in a new password and confirm it. Enter a password hint if you’d like. Click “Next” then “Finish”. After that, you can use the new password to unlock the Windows Vista computer.


Method 3: Unlock Windows Vista Admin Password by Using Sethc Command Prompt.

When you forgot admin password and lost access to Windows Vista, you also can use Windows Command Prompt to help unlock Windows Vista password. If you have a Windows Vista install disk, now see the step-by-step guide to reset forgotten Windows Vista admin password with Command Prompt.

Step 1: Power on your locked computer. Then insert your Windows Vista install disk into the optical driver of the computer.

Step 2: Restart the computer and then hit “F12” to open boot menu, select CD-ROM Drive to continue boot. (Read more about how to boot from CD/DVD-ROM)

Step 3: You will see something like following screen, hit a key to continue boot.

Step 4: For a moment, Windows Vista install screen will come out. Select “English” and then click “Next”.

Step 5: Select “Repair your computer”.

Step 6: It will show you where your Windows installation is (Usually it is in C drive). Click “Next” to continue.

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

Step 8: In the command window, type “c:” and then press “Enter”.

Step 9: Type “cd c:\windows\system32” and then hit “Enter” key.

Step 10: Type “ren sethc.exe sethc_bak.exe” and then hit “Enter” key.

Step 11: Type “copy cmd.exe sethc.exe” and then hit “Enter” key.

Step 12” Type “exit” and then hit “Enter” to close the Command Prompt window. You also can simply click the close icon.

Step 13: Now click “Restart” button on the screen.

Step 14: When Windows Vista login screen appears, hit “Shift” key five times to open command prompt. Now, run the following command: type "net user [username] [new password]" and press Enter key. The user account’s password will be reset to new. For example, I am resetting user account TONY’s password to 123456 by using “net user TONY 123456” command line.

After that, close the command window and then you can log on the user account by using the new password.


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