How to Reset a Password on a Dell Laptop

By Kefa Olang

Dell laptops use Windows operating systems, which you can configure using an administrator password. The password, which is encrypted, is necessary to log in to Windows. The purpose of the administrator password is to prevent unauthorized users from downloading programs, changing system settings and reconfiguring your computer. If you want to reset your password for whatever reason, or change it if you forgot it, you can do so in two very simple ways.

Things You'll Need

  • Password reset disc

Resetting the Password as an Administrator

Step 1

Restart your computer. Press "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete together twice. Type the name of the administrator user account and type the password. Click "OK."

Step 2

Click the Windows "Start" button and click "Run." Type "control userpasswords2" (without quotes) and press the Enter key.

Step 3

Click the name of the user account you want to reset the password for on the "Users" tab. Click "Reset Password." Type a new password in the "New Password" box and type the password again to confirm.

Step 4

Click "OK" to save the changes and restart your computer. Log in to Windows using the newly created password.

Using the Password Reset Disc

Step 1

Restart your computer and select the user name you want to use on the Windows Logo screen. Press Enter. Type your password in the message pop-up that appears.

Step 2

Click "Use Your Password Reset Disk" to launch the Password Reset Wizard. Click "Next" and insert the password reset disc into the CD drive. Click "Next."

Step 3

Type a new password in the "Type a New Password" box and type the password again in the "Type a New Password Again to Confirm" box.

Step 4

Click "Finish" to save your changes and log on to Windows again.