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How to Reset Lost Windows Password with AD Password Reset

AD Password Reset

Forgot your Windows administrator password? Don't worry - it happens to the best of us. We're supposed to make secure, difficult-to-guess passwords but sometimes we make them so complicated that we forget them ourselves!

AD Password Reset provides the easiest way to reset local administrator and domain administrator passwords on any Windows system. Everyone can follow the instructions below to reset forgotten Windows passwords instantly, whether you're a PC beginner or experienced user.

Save your time and valuable data, no need to reinstall Windows.


Step 1: Create a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive

Download the AD Password Reset and save it on any computer you have access to. Unzip the downloaded file, there should be an ISO image file: apr.iso. You can use the BurnCDCC program to burn the ISO image to a blank CD/DVD, or burn it to a USB flash drive using USB Burner.


Set BIOS to boot from AD Password Reset CD

Step 2: Set BIOS to boot from CD/DVD or USB flash drive

Boot your locked computer. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.


Choose the BOOT menu and set Boot Device Priority option: Set the 1st Boot Device to CD/DVD-ROM if what you created is a bootable CD/DVD, or set the 1st Boot Device to Removable Device for booting from USB flash drive. Press F10 to save your changes.


Set BIOS to boot from AD Password Reset CD

Step 3: Boot Your Computer from CD/DVD or USB flash drive

Insert the newly burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive on your locked computer and restart the computer. The boot loading screen should appear immediately.


AD Password Reset CD is initializing.


After completion of boot process, you see the main interface of AD Password Reset.


AD Password Reset


Step 4: Reset Windows Password

Reset Windows Local Password: Select your Windows SAM registry file, the program will automatically list all user accounts. Select a user account and click the Reset button to reset the password to blank.


Reset Windows Local Administrator/User Password


Reset AD Domain Password (For domain controller only): Select your Windows Active Directory database (ntds.dit) file, the program will automatically list all domain accounts. Select a user account and click the Reset button to change the password to Password123.


Reset Windows Domain Administrator/User Password


Click the Exit button to reboot the computer.

Now you are able to log into your computer with your new password!

Sounds good?Go ahead and try AD Password Reset today!