Enable Administrator account OR Reset Admin account password Offline in Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista
In a previous article we explained how to enable the hidden Administrator account from inside Windows using the command prompt. In this article, we explain how to enable the Administrator account or Reset account’s (including Administrator’s) password using an offline method.
The offline method to enable Windows Administrator account is useful in the following cases:
a. You have forgotten your Administrator’s (Admin) account password.
b. You want to Enable the hidden Administrator account.
c. You want to give your account administrative privileges (add your account to Administrators Group).
d. You cannot enable the Administrator account from inside Windows.
How to enable Administrator account / Reset Administrator password or Give to an account Administrative privileges. (Offline method)
Step 1: Download the Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor, Bootdisk / CD
1. You can download the Offline Windows Password & Registry editor (boot disk) utility from here. *
* Scroll down until you find the Download section and press to download the “cd110511.zip” file.
2. Go to your download location and right click on "cd110511.zip" file to extract it.
Step 2: Burn “cd110511” ISO file to an optical disk.
1. Right click on “cd110511.iso” disc Image file and burn it to a CD.
Step 3: Working with Offline Password & Registry editor Boot CD.
1. Insert the Offline Password & Registry editor Boot CD in the CDROM drive.
2. Boot you computer from the Boot CD. *
Notice*: First make sure that CDROM Drive is selected as first boot device in your BIOS.
3. At the first screen press "ENTER" to continue.
2. At “Step ONE” select the partition (by number) where Windows are installed (e.g. “2”) and press “Enter”.*
*Commonly it is the first and larger partition on the list, if you have only one hard drive on your system.
3a. At “Step TWO” you must specify the path to the registry.
Leave the detected registry path (C:\Windows\System32\Config) and press “Enter”.
3b. At “Select which part of registry to load” question, type “1” (Password reset) and press “Enter”.
4. At “Step THREE”, type “1” (Edit user data and passwords) and press “Enter”.
6. At the next screen, you can view the list of all the accounts on your computer. Type the Username of the account that you want to perform changes (e.g. Administrator) and press “Enter”.
7. At the next screen, read carefully your available options and type the corresponding number according to the operation you want to perform and then press “Enter”.
User Edit Menu – Available options:
Type “1”: if you want to Clear (set Blank) the selected account’s password.
Type “2”: if you want to set a new password to the selected account.*
Notice*: I prefer to change account’s password from inside Windows , after using option”1” to clear the previous password.
Type “3”: if you want to promote the selected account to Administrator. (Add to Administrator Group)
Type “4”: if you want to Enable the selected account or the hidden Administrator account (if it is disabled).
8. When finished making your changes type “!” (Shift + 1) and press “Enter” to quit editing selected user.
9. At next screen press “q” to quit the offline password editor utility.
10. At “About to write file(s) back” question, type “y” (yes) and press “Enter”.
11. If you want to try again, if the process somehow failed, type “n” and press “Enter”.
12a. Press “CTRL+ALT+DEL” to restart your computer.
12b. Pull out the Boot CD from your CD/DVD drive and boot to Windows.
Normally now you should see the administrator account listed on the logon screen. *
Notice for Windows 8 Users*: If you don’t see the administrator account at your logon screen, then log on to Windows with your standard account and at the top right edge, click your account name. From the menu that appears, choose Sign Out to sign out from the current user and login as Administrator or click Administrator to switch to that account.