September 29, 2013

8 Useful Methods for Windows 8 Password Reset

With the release and use of Windows 8, different kinds of problems come out at the same time, Windows password forgotten or lost included. In order to solve this thorny problem, now I compile 8 kinds of useful methods for Windows 8 password reset. Hope you can choose one appropriate to solve your Windows password forgotten problem.

1. Windows Password Hint

Windows Password Hint is an option for password recovery way since Windows 7 release. It will appear when you type wrong password intending to remind you of forgotten password. If you really remember the relationship between password and hint, believe guess password correctly is not a difficult question.

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How to create it before computer locked?
When we are creating our Windows system account and login password, a password hint is asked to set up for preparation. Just type one and confirm it. But it had better have strong relationship with password and couldn’t be thought of by other people besides you.

2. PIN Code

PIN code for Windows 8 just like authentication code, provides users privilege to complete something, such as sign in to Windows 8 PC. It is consist of 4 characters, easy to remember than logon password generally.
But the precondition for Windows password reset with PIN code is that, you have created it for logon account in Settings - Change PC Settings - Users.

    sign in with pin code
Step 1: Sign in Windows computer with PIN code
After you type incorrect password, click Sign-in options on logon screen, and you can input PIN code in password box
Step 2: Run Command Prompt to reset Windows 8 password

When you access Windows computer, press Windows + X, and click on Command Prompt (Admin) and yes.On the command prompt window, type in: Net User <user name> <new password> and press Enter to reset a new password for Windows 8.
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Command Prompt screen appears, input the words like the words in the red box, user name is iSunshare, new password is 12345, and then press Enter to complete the Windows password reset process.

3. Picture Password

Picture password is an image with three gestures. Image is easy to remember. So when you forgot local admin password, picture password probably has not been forgotten. 

  • Choose Picture password option and paint three gestures you have set.
  • After login Windows 8 successfully, navigate to Settings - Change PC Settings - Users, choose change local user password. Enter new password for it and save it.

The above methods are based on Windows 8 logon ways, about how to create these Windows 8 logon ways, refer to: Four ways to create Windows 8 logon password and how to use

4. Password Reset Disk

Password reset disk is a general way to reset Windows forgotten password. It is provided by Microsoft but has been created by you when you are admitted to access Windows computer.

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    password reset wizard
Step 1: Start your computer and type wrong password, a link about “Reset Password” would be in front of you on logon screen. 

Step 2: Click the link and follow Password Reset Wizard to do.

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5. System Reset Disk

If you've forgotten your Windows password, there are several utilities to reset it besides above ones. One of them is Windows' own System Recovery Disk. As a side note, this password reset trick, which takes just ten minutes to do, is a security hole in Windows 8 and earlier systems, which you can prevent an attacker from hacking into your computer with encryption.

Step 1: Create System Recovery Disk

All you need to reset the Windows password with this method is another Windows PC, so you can make the System Recovery Disk and burn it to a CD or USB thumb drive. You can create the system recovery CD from the Control Panel > Windows 8 File Recovery.

Step 2: Run Command Prompt

After system recovery disk creation successfully, boot into the locked PC with the recovery disk and open up the command prompt, then replace the Ease of Access Center application (utilman.exe) with another copy of the command prompt (cmd.exe) with administrative privileges. Then you use the "net user" command to type in a new password for the user whose password you want to reset.

6. System Secure Boot

What you have prepared: a freely available live Linux distro
You may choose to either burn a Linux live CD or boot Linux from a flash drive using any distro you prefer. For example, make a bootable USB flash drive containing Linux Mint using Linux Live USB Creator
1. Insert bootable USB into computer. Boot Windows 8 from BIOS setup: Press F10 after powering on the system to enter the setup utility.

Navigate to the Security menu and choose Secure Boot Configuration.
You will be warned that this menu is only for Windows 8 systems that support Secure Boot configurations, press F10 to continue. 

2. At the Secure Boot Configuration page enable Legacy Support and disable Secure Boot then press F10 to save changes. This will allow other operating systems that do not have a signed MBR to boot. 

3. Navigate to the File menu and choose Save Changes and Exit. The computer will then reboot. Immediately after reboot you will need to enter to boot menu to specify your boot device. For example, on HP systems, press escape to enter the Startup Menu. 

4. At the startup menu choose Boot Menu. 

5. At the Boot Menu choose your boot up device (CD or USB). 

6. Once booted into Linux, launch the file manager and locate what would be the C: drive in Windows. 

7. Enter the Windows folder. Enter the system32 folder. 

8. Locate utilman.exe and rename to utilman.exe.bak. 

9. Locate cmd.exe and copy/paste it to the same folder. Rename the copy of cmd.exe to utilman.exe. At this point we are done with Linux, reboot the computer, change the Secure Boot settings back to default, then boot into Windows. 

10. At the Windows login screen click the Ease of Access icon in the bottom left side of the screen and a command prompt window should pop up.

If the account is local enter the following command to reset the password changing owner to the username that needs to be reset. After the command has been run you will be prompted to enter a new password. Close the command prompt window and login with your new password.
After you have verified the user can login to Windows, the utilman.exe file should be reset to its previous state for security purposes.

7. System Restore

As you may know, System Restore works by automatically taking snapshots of your system's state before any operation that makes significant changes to the operating system. These snapshots are called restore points and include crucial operating system files and certain parts of the registry that could be altered by the pending change operation.

When a change causes your system to act strangely, you can undo that change by performing a system restore operation. If Windows will not start, you can use the Recovery Drive to launch System Restore. If Windows does start, you can launch System Restore from within Windows.

To do so, access the System Protection tab and click the System Restore button. In a moment, System Restore will begin an initialization process and you'll then see the introductory screen in the wizard driven interface.

With this principle, system also can be restored to the status without password.

8. Reset your PC: Access Advanced Startup Options – Troubleshoot – Reset your PC

Reset PC can reset Windows 8 password via installation media or system recovery drive. 

First, Access Advanced Startup Options

(1) If ws starts normally; 
Shift + Restart; Win + I >> Change PC settings >> General >> Locate Advanced startup, click Restart now ; Win + X >> execute command prompt shutdown /r/o >> To the You're about to be signed off message that appears a few seconds later, tap or click on the Close button.  

(2) If Windows 8 does not restart 
Choice 1: Boot from Windows 8 installation media: 
Insert a Windows 8 DVD >> Boot from the disc >> Tap or click on the Repair your computer  

Choice 2: Boot from a Windows 8 recovery drive: 
Insert Windows 8 recovery drive into a free USB port >> Boot Windows 8 from the flash drive >> On the Choose your keyboard layout screen, tap or click on US or whatever keyboard layout you'd like to use 

Choice 3: Boot Directly to Advanced Startup Options: 
Start or restart your computer or device >> Choose the boot option for System Recovery, Advanced Startup, Recovery, etc.

Second, Choose Troubleshoot and reset your PC.

Choose Troubleshoot Option, and then choose the first option, “Reset your PC” pops up, click “next”. Until there are two options for you, choose the second to begin factory settings restore.

Besides these methods introduced above, Windows 8 password reset with third-party software is popular too. Because most of them are easy to use and effective, people who encounter this problem can choose this tool for help. On the Internet, there are so much Windows password recovery tools available. How to choose and how to use it, the detailed introductions are shown for you. So I don’t need to refer them again here. 

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