Hack Sticky Keys Feature To Reset Forgotten Windows Password

If you've ever forgotten your password or been asked to assist somebody else in resetting their password, there's a lot of different ways to accomplish it. Here's how to do it by hacking the Sticky Keys feature.

Over at the 4sysops blog, they've written up the process of resetting your Windows password by booting off a repair disk, opening a command prompt and copying cmd.exe over the top of sethc.exe. Once you've done that, you can boot back up into Windows until you get to the login prompt, press the Shift key five times, and you'll see a command prompt where you can use the net user command to reset the password.

If the system already has the Sticky Keys feature disabled or you don't feel like copying files around, you can use an Ubuntu Live CD to reset your Windows password instead.

Forgot the administrator password? The Sticky Keys trick [4sysops via How-To Geek ETC]


    Which system do you use?

    On windows xp, try this:
    Boot computer and press Ctrl+Alt+Delete twice when you See Windows welcome screen / login screen. It'll show classic login box. Now type "Administrator" (without quotes) in username field and leave password field blank, press Enter and you should be able to login Windows.
    Now you can reset your account password from "Control Panel -> User Accounts".

    If that doesn't or you use windows 7 or vista, try this:
    1. Enter a computer that can link to Internet. Download windows password recovery Tool 3.0 and install the software on that computer.
    2. Run the software and create windows password reset disk by follow the instructions.
    3. Eject the created CD/DVD and insert it into the locked computer.
    4. Reboot the locked computer (it's necessary for you to change your locked computer's BIOS setting to make it boot from CD drive) and then follow the instructions to reset your password.
    5. Now login Windows and set a new password.

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