How to Reset Forgotten Windows 11/10 Password with USB

As a windows user, did you ever forget the password and had tough time logging in to your computer ?. While protecting the account is really important, remembering password is tough for many users. Once you forget the administrator password, you cannot reset it easily. In this post I will be introducing a fantastic tool called PC Unlocker. This tool can be used to reset windows password with USB stick.

PCUnlocker is an excellent tool to bypass / reset forgotten administrator. You could also use the tool to reset other user passwords. The tool works on all the popular OS such as Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2016 / 2012 / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 and Active Directory (AD) servers. Most all even if your account is disabled, this tool can enable the account.

PC Unlocker Tool

The PC Unlocker tool comes in 3 different editions. The comparison chart is here and you can go with the edition that suits your requirements. The tool when downloaded comes in .ISO format. Therefore to use this tool you could burn the ISO either to CD or USB device. Here is a tool that burns the ISO to a CD or USB device.

Note – If the hard drive is encrypted with BitLocker, the files will be inaccessible from a boot disk. You need to decrypt your hard drive with BitLocker recovery key, before using PCUnlocker to reset Windows password.

How to Reset Windows Password with USB Stick

We will now see how to reset windows password with USB stick. Note that we need another computer to perform the below steps. Insert a blank CD or a USB flash drive with at least 1GB of disk space into your computer. Download the full version of PCUnlocker, the link can be found in your order confirmation email. Extract the zip file to a folder and you will find pcunlocker.iso and readme.txt files.

reset windows password with usbLaunch the ISO2Disc utility, click Browse and choose the pcunlocker.iso file. Choose the Target as Burn to USB Flash Drive. Choose the USB drive letter, Partition Style as MBR and click Start Burn.

reset windows password with usbThe USB drive is formatted and file system is changed to FAT32. Once the ISO is burned to USB device click OK.

reset windows password with usb

To reset the user account password, plug-in the USB device to the computer, restart the computer. Enter the BIOS by pressing F2 or Del key. Under Boot options, set removable devices with boot sequence priority over the hard drive. Save the settings and reboot the computer.

reset windows password with usbOn the next boot the computer will load the WinPE operating system and then start the PCUnlocker utility. Select Reset local Admin/User password. The utility automatically selects the SAM file from config folder. The next step is to select the user account from list. Choose the Administrator account and click Reset Password. Notice that for account Administrator the password is “unknown“. This will change once we reset the password.

reset windows password with usbClick Reset Password and on confirmation dialog click Yes.

reset windows password with usbWow !! that was so easy. The Administrator password reset is complete. Click OK.

reset windows password with usb

The Administrator password value is changed from unknown to blank. This means the password of the account is set to blank. Click on Restart button to reboot the computer and remove the CD/USB drive. You can then log back into your computer without a password.

reset windows password with usb

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  1. Does it work on Windows 10 64 bit version? I tried iSumsoft Windows Password Refixer and when it tries to boot up from the USB I get a prompt that says ID is unavailable and the computer asks me to remove the drive.

    1. It doesn’t work with my uefi computer, can’t boot from USB even I set the USB as the first boot order. Finally, I used iSeePassword Windows password recovery pro tool to remove admin password from my HP laptop with Windows 10 HOME, it works flawlessly!

  2. just bought this but in boot mode it is just going in a loop and not booting up – this is a windows 7 device

  3. Avatar photo RAVI GUPTA says:

    I tested this in trial mode and the SAM file is not being recognized. Is there anyways to test this in trial before buying the tool? Does this work with UEFI mode?

    1. Trial version doesn’t allow you to reset the password. You need to buy the full version of this tool. Yes this tool works with UEFI mode.

      1. Avatar photo Alessandro says:

        So what’s the point, to make pubblicity of that program!??!

  4. Avatar photo James Vincent says:

    Any BitLocker support, as in can you unlock the disk first (not hack BitLocker).

    I ask, as most “tools” lack the ability to unlock BitLocker disks prior to reading the SAM…