If you forgot Windows 8 administrator password, you can easily reset your Windows 8 password with command prompt.
Windows has two types of accounts. Online account and local user account. If you are using an online account, you can reset the password by visiting Microsoft password reset link.
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In this article, I am going to show you how to reset Windows 8 local user account password with command prompt.
If you have password reset disk in hand, it is very easy to reset the password. It is always best to create a password recovery disk. If you don’t know how to make a password reset disk, below articles will help you.
- Read: Ways to reset Windows 8 password
- How to make Windows 8 password recovery disk
- Fix for Windows 8 password reset disk option not working
Now you are here, means you don’t have password reset disk in hand. Left bottom corner of Windows 8 login screen has “Ease of access” symbol. This article tells you how to replace the “ease of access” menu with the command prompt. And how to reset password with command prompt.
Forgot Windows 8 administrator password: Reset with cmd
- Insert Windows 8 recovery DVD in the cd drive. Restart system.
- The system will boot from DVD.
- You will “Choose the language” screen. Select your language.
- Next, you will see “Choose your keyboard layout” screen. Select your keyboard layout.
- Next, you will see “Choose an option” screen. Click on “Troubleshoot” option.
- Click on “Advanced options” in Troubleshoot screen.
- Click on “Command prompt” in the Advanced options screen. Command prompt window will pop up with administrator features.
- You will see “x:\windows\system32>” as shown in the above screenshot.
- Type c: and press enter. If your OS is not in C drive, you have to type the drive name where you have OS.
- Type cd windows (space between cd and windows ). Press enter.
- Type cd system32 (space between cd and system32). Press enter.
- Type copy cmd.exe cmd.exe.cmd2 . Press enter.
- Type copy Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.Utilman2 . Press enter.
- Type del Utilman.exe . Press enter.
- Type ren cmd.exe Utilman.exe . Press enter.
- Type exit. Press enter. Now command prompt will be closed.
- You will see “Choose an option” screen. Click on Turn off.
Turn on system. You will see a login screen. Now see left bottom corner of your screen. You will see “Ease of access” symbol. Click on the symbol. The command prompt will pop up with administrator privileges.
- Type net user (space between “net” and “user”). Press enter.
- You will see user account names. See above screenshot. I have two accounts. j.narayana1984 as an administrator account. 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.
- Now type the new password. Press enter.
- Retype password. Press enter.
- Type exit. Press enter.
Now you can log in into your system with a new password. You need to roll back your system to the previous state.
Insert recovery DVD 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 c: . Press enter.
- Type cd windows . Press enter.
- Type cd system32 . Press enter.
- Type del Utilman.exe . Press enter.
- Type ren Utilman.exe.Utilman2 Utilman.exe . Press enter.
- Type ren cmd.exe.cmd2 cmd.exe . Press enter.
- Type exit . Press enter.
Now you can check your system’s “ease of access” menu.
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