Forgot Windows 7 administrator password: Reset with cmd

Have you forgotten Windows 7 administrator password? If you forgot Windows 7 administrator password, and you don’t have any password reset disk or third-party password recovery software. Don’t worry still you can reset your Windows 7 administrator password.

We can easily reset forgot Windows 7 administrator password with a command prompt. If you don’t mind spending some money, I recommend you buy Reset Password Pro which resets any windows password. It can reset the admin or user account password. Don’t want to spend money continue reading this article.

In this article I am sharing simple steps to reset forgot windows 7 administrator password using command prompt.

Forgot Windows 7 administrator password: How to reset?

  1. Insert Windows 7 installation disc in the cd drive. Restart your system.
  2. The system will boot with a Windows installation disc. Wait a few minutes for loading setup files.
  3. You will see “choose the language screen”. Select your language. Click next.
  4. Now you will see the install windows screen. Click on repair your computer.
  5. Select the drive on which the OS has been installed. Click next.
  6. Now you will see the list of recovery tools. Click on the command prompt at the bottom of this list.
  7. Now the command prompt window will appear. In the command prompt window, type the below commands.
  • Type copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\ and press enter.
  • Type copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe and press enter.
  • Type exit and press enter.
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Now you have successfully replaced sticky keys with command prompt. Now restart your computer and wait for the login screen. Press the shift button five times. The command prompt window will open instead of activating sticky keys.

  • Type “net user” (space between “net” and “user”). Press enter.
  • You will see user account names. See the above screenshot. I have two accounts, j.narayana1984 as administrator account and hemanth as a guest account. You can reset the administrator or any other user password.
  • Type net user hemanth *(replace hemanth with your account name). Press enter. Here I am going to reset the password for hemanth account.
  • Type your new password and press enter.
  • Retype your password. Press enter.
  • Type exit and press enter.

Now you can log in into your system with new password. You need to roll back your system to previous state.

  • Insert Windows 7 installation disc in the cd drive. Boot from DVD. Follow the above steps from 1 to 7 to open the command prompt.
  • Now you have a command prompt with admin privileges.
  • Type copy /y c:\sethc.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe and press enter.
  • Type exit and press enter. Reboot your computer.

Now you have successfully restored sticky keys. If you use Microsoft online account, you can reset the password by visiting the Microsoft password reset link.


Still, if you see any issue, I recommend you to buy reset password pro. It will reset or remove any windows admin or user account password. It will come with 60 days money-back guarantee, so you need not worry about purchases.

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  1. holmer November 2, 2015

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