How Can I Retrieve a Lost Administrator Password?

By WayneC

The administrator account in Windows 7 provides greater access to the computer than a normal user has. Because of this, the administrator account requires a password to access it. If you forget your password, there are several options to try to get it back. Log in under another administrator account and change the password of the locked account, reset the password with a password recovery disk or revert Windows 7 to a state before you created the password for the administrator account.

Things You'll Need

  • Password recovery disc
  • Windows 7 installation disc

Use Another Administrator Account

Step 1

Log in to Windows 7 under another administrator account.

Step 2

Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel," then "Add or remove user accounts."

Step 3

Select the administrator account that is locked out. Select "Change the password" to change the password for the account or select "Remove the password" to remove the password and create a new one the next time you log in to that account.

Use Password Recovery Disc

Step 1

Enter a wrong password at the log in screen so the message "The user name or password is incorrect" appears on the screen. Click "OK."

Step 2

Insert your password recovery disc and click "Reset password" at the log-in screen.

Step 3

Click "Next" when prompted. Choose your disk drive, then click "Next."

Step 4

Type in a new password, then re-type it to confirm it. Create a hint so that you do not forget the new password. Click "Next," then "Finish."

Revert Computer to Earlier State

Step 1

Insert the Windows 7 installation disc in your computer's CD-ROM drive, then restart the computer.

Step 2

Select your language settings, then click "Next." Select "Repair your computer."

Step 3

Select the "Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier," then click "Next." You can now create a new administrator account with a new password.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you change the password, make it something that you can remember easily. Write the password down and keep it somewhere safe.