Reset Your Windows 8 Password in 10 minutes without using any third party software / How to – Tutorial Guide
It has been less than 2 months since the launch of Windows 8 and I recieved tons of emails from Boot-Landers /members and
guests also friends and collegues asking me if there's a way to reset a forgotten Windows 8 password the easiest way ? The
answer was yes and as usual without the need for any third party software to unlock or remove or reset the user or admin
account password. Here I will try to make an easy to follow tutorial that will be usefull for novice users as well as professionals when they get stuck behind the logon screen of a Windows 8 because they lost or forgotten their password. So here's how to do it in 10 minutes or less :
1- You need a Windows 8 PC to make a System Recovery Disk .
2- You need a CD Burner + Blanck CD.
3- If you have a tablet or a netbook and you don't have a CD burner then You need a 512 MB USB thumb drive to make a System Recovery USB instead.
4- To make a system recovery CD, Go to control panel and navigate to Windows 7 File Recovery, click on that icon, and
from the next screen choose from the top left ( Create a System Recovery Disk ) and follow the on-screen instructions to make
5- To make a System Recovery USB thumb drive go to control panel and navigate to ( Recovery ), click on that icon and from
the next screen choose ( Create a recovery drive ) and follow the instructions to make a bootable System Recovery USB.
6- When you are ready, boot the locked PC that needs to be unlocked with that CD or USB you just made, and follow the
pictures below :
7- The command prompt screen will open, type : diskpart and hit Enter key
8- Type : list vol and hit Enter key (watch for spaces)
9- locate your Windows partition letter ( in our case here the letter will be C drive)
10- Type : Exit and hit Enter key.
11- Type: c: and hit Enter key (your Windows drive maybe different so change it accordingly to the drive letter you have)
12- Type: cd windows (watch for spaces ) and hit Enter key
13- Type: cd system32 (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key
14- Type: copy cmd.exe cmd.exe.original (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key.
15- Type: copy Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.original (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key.
16- Type: del Utilman.exe (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key.
17- Type: ren cmd.exe Utilman.exe (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key.
18- Type: Shutdown -r -t 00 (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key, the PC will restart.
19 – When you reach the Logon screen click on the Ease of Access Center icon on the left bottom side of the screen.
20 – The command prompt window will open
21- Type: net user (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key.
22- Type: net user Reboot.Pro * ( replace Reboot.Pro with the name you find in your pc) and hit Enter key
23- now type the new password you want and hit Enter key( when you type the cursor will not move and you will not see what you
type, so be carefull what you type, because you are typing blindly the new password)
24- confirm the new password when prompted and hit Enter key when done:
25- Type exit and hit the Enter key to close the command window.
26- Logon now to the locked account with the new password you just created.
27- After successfully unlocking your account and resetting the account password now you need to roll back the changes you
made to Utilman.exe and cmd.exe, so go ahead and boot your pc with the System Recovery CD or USB you made earlier in this
tutorial and repeat steps in # 6 so you open the command prompt window :
28- Type: c: and hit Enter key(your Windows drive maybe different so change it accordingly to the drive letter you have) [see picture below]
29- Type: cd windows (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key [see picture below]
30- Type: cd system32 (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key [see picture below]
31- Type: del Utilman.exe (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key [see picture below]
32- Type: ren Utilman.exe.original Utilman.exe (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key [see picture below]
33- Type: ren cmd.exe.original cmd.exe (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key [see picture below]
34- Type: shutdown -r -t 00 (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key to reboot your pc [see picture below]
35- Now when the pc reboots and reaches the logon screen, check to see if the Utilman is fixed and returned back to place by
clicking on its icon on the bottom left side of the screen, if the Ease of Access list pops up then you succeeded in your work.
See picture below.
PS: some of you might have a Windows 8 Installation DVD, he can use it also in this process, boot with this Windows DVD and
when you reach the first screen where you have to click next - stop there and hit SHIFT key + F 10 , the command prompt window
will pop up and you can use it as we did in steps 7 onward to the end. see picture below
Done ! best regards / Jamal
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