Oh no! I forgot my Windows password!

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One thing I like about computers is that they are completely logical.  Whatever action they take, it’s for a reason, and they only do as they are instructed to do.  However, the people that create computers aren’t always very logical.  Today I want to show you an example of this.

forgot her windows password

Imagine one day you turned on your computer, and for some reason you cannot recall the Windows password.  Oh no! What do you do?  Don’t worry – Microsoft has you covered.  That is, if you plan ahead.

One of the wonderful features built into Windows is the opportunity to create a “Forgotten Password” disk.

forgotten password wizard

You just follow the prompts, and a file is created on your flash drive that allows you to reset the Windows password if you should ever forget what it is.  All you have to do is make sure you know where to find that disk drive, so that you can use it to reset the password.

That’s the part that I find to be not very logical. I have an easier method.

Let’s say your Windows password is “snoopy45”.  In order to use the Scott Johnson Forgotten Password Wizard, you just need 2 items:

1. A Sharpie permanent marker:

Sharpie2. A blank CD (this can be a CD-R or CD-RW, it doesn’t matter):

blank CD

Step 1: Take the Sharpie marker, and write your Windows password on the CD

Now it has your password on it

Step 2: Keep the CD in a safe place where you won’t lose it

I think my method is a lot easier.

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September 28th, 2010

The trouble here is that if you don’t create the disk or write the password on one, you’re sunk when you go to use the program. I have a ton of material I can access because I didn’t note the password and, at last, now that I want to get into it, I can’t. Creating that reminder should be #1 to do!

Scott Johnson
September 28th, 2010

Charlotte – there are other ways to get around a password if the file is important enough. Get in touch with me if you want to pursue that.

January 9th, 2012

My desktop running XP had a power supply failure and would not turn on at all. The repair tech never asked for the windows password, but was able to remove it and get into my system. How? Is there a software program for that?

Scott Johnson
January 9th, 2012

Yes, Windows XP can be pretty easily bypassed without having the Windows password. But also – it’s not really necessary to get into Windows to replace a power supply.