How to reset window password without Sign-in using command prompt:
Forgetting window password is common thing and never been fun. If we forgot the password of our window, we might need to reinstall the windows, lose our data, reinstall application and these all things. But we don't want these all to happen, right? Therefore, we are here to Learn how to reset the window password without sign in windows using command prompt.
» Basic Concept behind this trick.
» Boot from windows Installation disc.
» Open command prompt.
» Make a copy of utilman.exe.
» Replace utilman.exe with command prompt.
» Restart the system to complete the process.
» Open command prompt using ease of access icon.
» List the User accout present in Windows.
» Select the user account and change its password.
» Done! Sign-in to user account using new created password.
» TIP: How to restore utilman.exe file.
Basic Concept behind this trick.
We are going to reset the window password using command prompt. As we have lost our password so we can't sign in window therefore we are not able to use command prompt. But to reset the password, we need to use command prompt. So how to use it? well we are going to take the help ofEase of Access option. We just need to replace Ease of Access option with command prompt. Then we can use command prompt as an administrator even we can't sign-in window.
Boot from windows Installation disc.
We need to Boot our PC from a window 10 setup/installation disc. We can use bootable USB flash drive for this purpose. Plug USB drive, restart your PC and enter into the Window installation setup.
Open Command prompt.
When we get to Windows Setup screen, Press Shift + F10 to bring out a cmd.exe dialog. We will use this dialog to change the Ease of Access option.
Make a copy of utilman.exe.
We need to replace the file utilman.exe with cmd.exe. before move on, we should make a copy of utilman.exe so we can restore it later. To make a copy of utilman.exe file, write the following command in cmd dialog box and press enter.
copy c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\
Above command will copy the utilman.exe from windows » system32 of C drive to the root of drive C. In my system, window is installed in drive C, therefore utilman.exe is located in drive C. In your case it could be located in any other drive, so replace the drive c with your drive letter.
Replace utilman.exe with command prompt.
Replace utilman.exe file with command prompt. To Replace this file, write the following command in cmd dialog box and press enter.
copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
Above command will replace cmd.exe file with utilman.exe file in C drive. If the system didn't find that file, try other drive letters.
Restart the system.
After successfully replaced the file, remove USB Flash drive and restart the system to complete the process. To restart the system, type the following command and press enter.
Above command will restart the system and now it’s all done. we have successfully replaced the ease of access option with command prompt. Now we can use this command prompt to reset window password.
Open command prompt.
After restarting the system, when comes to the sign-in screen, click the Ease of Access icon to open a command prompt. It should open command prompt dialog box, because we have replaced the utilman.exe file with cmd.exe file. Open that command prompt and follow the next steps to reset account password.
List all user accounts present in windows.
Type the following command in command prompt and press enter.
Above command will list all the users account present in our system.
Select the user and change its password.
Choose the user account from the list that we want to change the password for, then type the following command in command prompt and press enter.
net user USER-NAME *
The above command will ask you to type the new password, type the new password and press enter, type password again and press enter again. In above command, replace USER-NAME with the actual user name that we selected from the user account list. While typing the password, it doesn't show what you type for the security reason so make sure you know what are you typing. If the user name is more that one word, we'll need to place the user name inside the Quotes just like "USER NAME".
We can use another command too, to set the new password.
net user USER-NAME NEW-PASSWORD
In Above command, replace USER-NAME with the actual user name that we selected from the user account list and replace NEW-PASSWORD with your desired password.
Done! Sign-in using new password.
We have successfully set the new password for the selected user account. Now we can sign-in to the account using new password that we set in above Step # 9.
TIP: Restore utilman.exe file.
We have successfully done our job; now might be we need to restore ultiman.exe file to set the ease of access option back to its position. To restore the file, we need to replace utilman.exe file with cmd.exe file. In order to restore the file, follow the Above given Steps # 2 and 3 and write the following command in cmd.exe dialog box and press enter.
move C:\utilman.exe C:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
The above command will move the utilman.exe file from C drive root to its default position. After successfully move the file, follow the Step # 6 to restart the system. After restarting, the ease of access option will back to its default setting.