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Unlock Local Admin password ( MS Windows 2000, XP , Vista and maybe Win 7 )

Created: 03 Sep 2010 • Updated: 03 Sep 2010 • 7 comments
riva11's picture
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Forgot the local admin password ? If you don't have any other chance try to recover it. There are some ways to recover a password, I found a safe and quick tool to perform this hack job... the NTPWEdit tool loaded in a bootable USB key.

NTPWEdit is a free tool ( GPL ) that allows to change or remove passwords for local system accounts. This tools supports Windows NT based systems (like Windows 2000, XP and Vista), but could be used also to reset the password of a Windows 7 systems.

Some methods for use this program:

1. Boot Windows PE or BartPE environment from CD-ROM and launch NTPWEdit.
2. If system partition formatted in FAT filesystem - boot DOS from floppy disk, copy SAM file to floppy, edit this file on another computer and copy it back.
3. If system partition formatted in NTFS file system - copy file using Windows recovery console.
4. Attach hard drive to another computer, and edit passwords there.
5. Boot system from separate partition (if multiple OS are installed).

Link : NTPWEdit version 0.3

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Constantine's picture

it seems it would be a nice tool.

my question is next:

can this tool make a reset windows server 2008 or 2008 R2

did u test it on that OSes?

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vickyj's picture

Nice one

Thanks & regards,

Mr. Vicky D Jadhav

Tech Support Analyst – SEP (FL)

Symantec Corporation -

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tomlambert74's picture

NTPWEdit may be a good one but I still can't know how to make a bootable USB drive and get NTPWEdit to work. Eventually I bought a software to help me unlock my forgottten admin password, the software is Password Recovery Bundle, you can also get it from

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Tongya's picture

Thanks for share.

Here I want to share a more simple way to solve the forgotten windows password issue.


Do you know Windows Password Reset ?

It has three versions, and the version three, called Windows Password Reset Deluxe is for the people who lost local or domain windows password.

Anyone who lack of computer knowledge can easily use this software.

If you want to learn more, visit:

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Eofspenops's picture

Sorry to say that I don't understand your methods to unlock Windows password, maybe for I'm a newbie. So for me I will choose a easy, same and effective way to help me, like what I did before. Last time I lost my Windows 7 password I used Windows Login Recovery, which really easy and safe.

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Despienpg's picture

Actually I also don't know what's the meaning of that method. To safe time I will choose to use Windows Password Killer. For newbies, if we follow above ways to reset, that may be complex. So you can consider the software I recomend.

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Linwer's picture
The easiest way of unlocking Windows password is to use the command prompt:
1. Open an evaluated command prompt.
2. Enter the following command to change your use password:
net user <username> <password>
Replace the <username> with the name of your Windows account, and <password> with your actual password.
This methods requires you being able to log in to Windows as administrator account. If you forgot your admin password, then you can need to use some third party software such Windows Password Recovery Tool Ultimate to unlock your login password.
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