Forgot laptop password is really a painful thing. But fortunately reset laptop password with reset disk is our first and best choice all the time. Just not everyone have realized the importance and made it (password reset disk) before this problem really happens. So at most of time, we have to think about how to reset forgotten laptop password without disk.
In this article, I will share a free way I have ever used to reset my laptop password - reset laptop password with command prompt in safe mode. It will work with administrator (Built-in administrator).
Note: If you also have no active administrator, I think you could get one Windows password recovery tool to create a Windows password reset disk. For example, powerful iSunshare Windows Password Genius can do this. And it is recommended usually because it could burn password reset disk anytime on an accessible computer, and such reset disk works for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP forgotten password reset on any locked PC/laptop/tabet just with some simple clicks.
Step 1: Boot or Reboot your Windows 7 laptop (take Windows 7 as example now).
Step 2: Hold on F8 to enter Advanced Boot Options before the Windows 7 loading screen appears.
Or Press CTRL to enter Advanced Boot Options when computer power on.
Step 3: Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt in the coming screen, and press Enter.
There are three options for choice, Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking and Safe Mode with Command Prompt. In order to reset Windows user password with command prompt, select Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
Step 4: Wait for Windows 7 to load files until Windows login screen comes out.
Step 5: Log in with an administrator account or built-in administrator when you see login screen.
Step 6: Command Prompt runs automatically. Type net user in the Command Prompt and press Enter to see how many user accounts in locked laptop. Then all of laptop users will be listed in the Command Prompt.
Step 7: Choose one administrator to reset forgotten password for laptop.
Type net user fuzi 123 and hit Enter. Suppose 'fuzi' is your locked Windows user name. Then '123' would be new password you reset for it.
Step 8: Login your laptop with the new password after successfully laptop password reset.
This is one of effective ways to reset laptop password with administrator. Besides, you could also login locked laptop with an administrator and reset forgotten laptop password in Control Panel or Computer Management, as long as your laptop is not installed with Windows 10/8.1/8 or it is not setup login with Microsoft account.
However, it is still possible that Microsoft account is your Windows 10/8.1/8 laptop login user. And you need to reset forgotten Microsoft account password with Windows Password Genius Advanced or Microsoft online service if you want to unlock laptop after password forgot.
Tips: Whenever you need to login Windows Safe Mode, an administrator is necessary. So it is highly recommended to create and keep Windows administrator password in safe place, or create a Windows password reset disk before Windows laptop password forgot or lost.