Reset windows 8 password without any thirdparty software

Many of you just reinstall windows 8 if you forgot the password. But do you know, you can simply reset the password without any thirdparty software or tool . All you have to need is either a windows 8 setup disc/USB or a windows 8 recovery disc. We can simply reset any windows 8 password in just minutes. .

Method 1
Using recovery disc

1- You need a Windows 8 PC to make a System Recovery Disk .

2- You need a CD Burner + Blank 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
that CD.

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)

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  Mymobily *  ( replace mymobily 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)
29- Type:  cd windows  (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key
30- Type:  cd system32 (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key
31- Type:  del  Utilman.exe  (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key
32- Type: ren  Utilman.exe.original Utilman.exe  (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key
33- Type: ren cmd.exe.original cmd.exe  (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key
34- Type: shutdown  -r  -t  00  (watch for spaces) and hit Enter key to reboot your pc

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.

 

METHOD 2

Using Windows 8 Setup image/DVD

1. Burn your image as either bootable usb using tools like uneetbootin or burn to a DVD

2.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

 

 Article Courtesy : reboot.pro

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