How to Crack an MS Windows Password Using a DOS Command

By Karen Kramer

There are many reasons for resetting a Windows password, including human error and forgetfulness. You can change your password from the DOS Command, on any Windows 98 or older operating system. However, operating systems beginning with the XP system have replaced the DOS command prompt with a limited function "Command Prompt." If you can't get access to the "DOS Prompt" or "Command Prompt" from your computer, contact Microsoft support to regain access to your password.

Step 1

Press the "On" button on your computer and immediately start pressing the "F8" key repeatedly.

Step 2

Scroll to the "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" or "DOS Command Prompt" using your up and down arrow keys. Click "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" or "DOS Command Prompt" to access DOS mode.

Step 3

Type "NUSRMGR.CPL" without the quotation marks at the DOS command prompt.

Step 4

Click on the "User Accounts" icon at the "Control Panel" screen.

Step 5

Click the username you wish to edit. Click "Change Password."

Step 6

Type in a new password. Type in a password hint. Click "Create Password."

Step 7

Click on the " X " in the top right corner to exit out of "Control Panel" screen. Exit out of "DOS Command Prompt" screen.

Step 8

Restart your computer.