How to Reset a Forgotten Administrator Password on My Computer

By Lysis

The Windows administrator account is a username used to manage a computer without access restrictions. Many users set up a separate account on their computers to work on the machine and forget the administrator account information. If you have administrator rights on your machine, you can edit the user password. The Windows operating system has a section in its Control Panel where you can change the password for all users, including the administrator.

Step 1

Log in to your Windows machine using a username and password that has administrative rights. For most users, this is the typical account you use to log in to the machine.

Step 2

Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Run." In the text box displayed, enter "Control userpasswords2" and press the "OK" button. This opens a control panel used to edit usernames and passwords.

Step 3

Click the "Users" tab to view a list of currently configured accounts on the machine. Click the administrator account in the list box, and click the "Reset Password" button.

Step 4

Enter the new password for the administrator account in the text box labeled "New Password." Enter it a second time in the confirmation text box. Click the "OK" button.

Step 5

Log off the machine and log in using the administrator account with the new password. Your administrator password is now reset.

Tips & Warnings

  • Change the administrator password each month to improve security and avoid unauthorized access to your machine.