How to Recover an Administrator Account Password

By Herman Cruz

Administrator account passwords are assigned to every computer. Unless you change your computer password settings, you will be required to enter the administrator password upon startup to be able to use your computer. Ultimately, a password-protected computer will ensure that your documents, personal accounts or any private information remain protected from unauthorized users. If you have forgotten the administrator account password for your computer, you will not be able to recover the forgotten password; however, there are several software products that can help you regain access to your computer by allowing your to reset your administrator account password.

Things You'll Need

  • Access to another computer
  • USB drive or CD
  • CD burner (if applicable)

Step 1

Visit the Recover Any Password website and operate the Stellar Phoenix software to recover your administrator account password by resetting it. (See Resources.) Stellar Phoenix is freeware compatible with every Windows operating system. With this tool, you are able to reset your administrator account password to regain access to your computer, plus you may also access other password-protected accounts such as Google Talk and MSN Messenger. Stellar Phoenix also enables you to retrieve passwords you have entered on your web browser. Once you download the Stelllar Phoenix, you will be guided to add the software to a CD. Insert the CD in your locked computer and Stellar Phoenix will prompt you to reset the administrator account password.

Step 2

Go to the Password Changer website and use its Active Password Changer tool to reset your administrator account password and get access to your computer. (See Resources.) The Active Password Changer tool will keep your from re-configuring or re-installing your operating system by enabling you to reset your admin password through its user-friendly interface. This software is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, as well as Windows 2000, 2003 and 2008. Active Password Changer offers a free-to-use demo version, which can be accessed by clicking on the "Download here" link displayed on the bottom-left region of the Password Changer page, beside where it says "Download Free Demo Version."

Step 3

Navigate to the Lost Password website and operate the Windows Key software on your locked computer to reset your administrator account password. (See Resources.) This software gives you the ability to get back in your computer by resetting your administrator account password, plus you can make use of Windows Key to reset passwords on other documents such as Acrobat, Excel, Word and QuickBooks. You can use Windows Key with all Windows operating systems and the product costs $39 (as of November 2010). However, a demo version is also available. To administer Windows Key, you will need to add the software to a USB or burn it to a CD. Once you insert the USB or CD to your locked computer, you will be prompted to reset your administrator account password.