Reset Windows 7 forgotten admin password with installation CD

Step 1: Boot from installation CD.
Step 2: Go to Command Prompt.
1. Computer displays the Install Windows window. Click on Next.
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2. Select Repair your computer.
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3. Windows 7 will be listed on the System Recovery Options dialog. Click Next.
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4. Select Command Prompt.
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Step 3: Run commands.
1. Type copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\f and then hit Enter. It will display 1 files(s) copied.
2. Type copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe and then hit Enter. It displays 1 file(s) copied again.
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3. Type exit and hit Enter to close the Command Prompt dialog.
4. Take out the installation CD and reboot your computer.
Step 4: Reset Windows 7 administrator password.
1. Now your Windows 7 will start normally. When you come to the log-on screen, press Shift key 5 times to bring up the sethc.exe dialog.
2. Type net user and then hit Enter. It displays “The command completed successfully.” which means you have successfully reset your password.
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Take the picture shown as an example, the password for the administrator named Fuzi has been set as 1220.
Note:
1. If you are not sure your username, just type net user and hit Enter. It will display all user accounts on your Windows 7.
2. After password reset, do not forget to put the original sethc.exe file back. Just reboot your computer from the installation CD again and follow the same steps above to open Command Prompt. Then run the command copy /y c:\sethc.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe.

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Darryl Erentzen is a 20+ year veteran of the web and web development. He has worked on almost every conceivable platform in just about every programming or scripting language to percolate through the internet in the past 20 years.

Most recently, Darryl has leveraged open source software to provide information architecture. systems integration and development leadership to companies big and small - developing custom solutions for business with an incidental focus on delivering MVPs for start-ups, providing cost-effective rapid application development for MVPs and proof of concepts.

Typical deliverables include AJAX-enabled web applications to enhance workflow and engagement, integration with existing business processes, and both public-facing and internal solutions.

While based in Manhattan in the early days of his career, Darryl managed and evolved Thing.NET which served the International Fine Arts community. The thing.net initiative was supported by HP and SGI and served websites for well-known art concerns including Artforum magazine, PS1, Museum of Modern Art.

Working with Fusebox.com, Darryl designed and deployed solutions for NickelOdeon, Time-Warner Cable, Chase Manhattan Corporation, CBGB, and a variety of web properties, from small businesses to multinational corporations.

As founder and CEO of Web Plant, a web development firm based out of Toronto, Darryl managed the successful development of a number of high profile web projects for internationally known brands including Panasonic, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Pontiac and others.

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