How to Bypass (Reset) Administrator Password Windows 7 using Disk or USB Flash Drive

I get many questions from my friends about how to bypass or reset administrator password in Windows 7. Because sometimes busy day makes you forget a few things such as your windows login password.

What to do if you forget your password? And the "password hint" is not helping your brain to remember the password ... You have to reset your Windows password.

Resetting windows 7 password is not as difficult as imagined. All you really need is just a Windows 7 DVD or Bootable USB Flash Drive / Pendrive and then follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Insert Windows 7 DVD or USB Flash Drive, and boot from it > click Next

windows 7 boot - click next

Step 2:
Click Repair your computer

select repair your computer

Step 3:
Select "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Select an operating system to repair." > and then click Next

system recovery options

Step 4:
Click "Command Prompt" to open a command prompt window

select command prompt

Step 5:
Type this  
copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\
and hit Enter

cmd sethc.exe


Step 6:
Type this  
copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
and hit Enter

cmd copy sethc.exe













Step 7:
Close command prompt window > click Restart (boot from hard disk as usual)

click restart


Step 8:
On the login screen, hit Shift key 5 times > a command prompt will open > then type this:
net user username newpassword
and the hit Enter > close command prompt window
Now you can login with your new password :)


create a new password

Step 9:
You can restore the original sethc.exe file back by rebooting into Windows 7 installation DVD > Repair > open command prompt > and type this  
copy c:\sethc.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
and then hit Enter

FAQ:
Q: If you never use sticky keys, why not just leave it?
A: This will make everyone can change the password simply by pressing the Shift key five times

Q: How can I prevent someone from resetting my Windows password?
A: There are several ways to prevent someone change your password:
  1. Put the original sethc.exe file back (Step 9)
  2. Don't let people sit at your computer or laptop with a Windows DVD at hand...
  3. Go to BIOS > change the boot sequence > HDD first > and then set a BIOS password, so not everyone can boot your computer from Windows 7 DVD or USB