Unbelievable but true, it happened. You have forgotten your Windows password and now you can no longer log into your computer. You could solve the situation with a nice format but on the hard disk you have lots of precious files that you absolutely must recover and you have no desire to install another operating system. At this point it would take a professional "password breaker", but how to find it for someone who is not a computer expert? Quiet, I'll tell you.
Be vuoi scoprire how to bypass Windows password and you want to be able to enter your system again, all you have to do is contact one of the software that I am about to recommend. These are small programs to copy on CD / DVD or on a USB stick (from which to boot) that allow you to access Windows without entering any password and to recover all your data easily. Let's find out how they work right away.
ATTENTION: use the information in this tutorial only to log into your computer and account. Violating other people's systems is a serious violation of privacy and can be a crime punishable by law. I do not take any responsibility for the use that could be made of the software illustrated below, mind you.
Bypass the Windows password with KON-BOOT
If you have a fairly recent computer (based on UEFI instead of the old BIOS) and you need to unlock a version of Windows from XP upwards, please contact KON-BOOT. It is a paid software that allows you to log in to Windows without entering any password. It costs $ 16,20 and must be copied to a USB stick using a special utility that comes with the program.
KON-BOOT is compatible with all versions of Windows from XP onwards, but on Windows 10 it allows you to recover access only for offline accounts. If you use Windows 10 and log into your computer with a Microsoft account, then, it won't work (while it works fine with online accounts set up on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1). Another important thing to know is that this software It does NOT allow to decrypt files encrypted with Bitlocker, which will continue to be inaccessible even after logging into Windows.
Having made these necessary premises, let's get to the heart of the guide immediately and see how to “enter” a Windows PC using a simple USB key. The first step you need to take is to connect to the official KON-BOOT website, buy the program by clicking on the button BUY NOW placed under the inscription Kon-Boot for Windows Personal License e download the latter to your PC. Before starting the download disable the antivirus because it may detect KON-BOOT as a threat and prevent it from being downloaded.
Once the download is complete, extract all the KON-BOOT files into a folder of your choice and insert the USB pendrive on which to copy the program files. The key can be of any capacity (the software weighs just a few MB) but it must not contain important files as it is formatted.
After inserting the key into the computer, make sure there are no other USB drives connected to the PC (otherwise you risk formating the wrong drive) and launch the executable KonBootInstaller.exe previously extracted from the KON-BOOT archive. In the window that opens, select the USB stick drive from the drop-down menu Agolable USB drives, click on the button Install to USB stick (with UEFI support) and answer Yes the warning that appears on the screen to install KON-BOOT on the stick.
At the end of the procedure (it will only take a few seconds), click on the button OK, insert the key with KON-BOOT into the computer to be “broken into” and boot from it. To boot on a UEFI-based computer you must first disable the feature Secure Boot and then adjust theboot order in the UEFI configuration menu so that the USB drive comes first. Here are all the steps to be taken in more detail.
- Access the UEFI configuration menu. If you don't know how to do it, click on the icon windows flag located in the lower left corner of the screen, search for the term "settings" in the Start menu and click on the icon Settings present in the search reonts. Next, click on the icon Update and security, select the item Restoration from the left sidebar and presses the button Restart now under the heading Avvio Avanzato to access the Windows advanced boot menu. At this point, select the items in sequence Troubleshooting, Advanced options, UEFI firmware settings e Restart e within a few seconds you will find yourself in the UEFI configuration menu.
- Disable the Secure Boot fiction (which prevents booting from systems that are not digitally signed) by going to the tab Security UEFI, by selecting the item Secure Boot menu e setting the option Secure boot su Disabled.
- Set the USB drive as your preferred boot drive by going to the tab Boot UEFI and choosing the name of the USB drive (ex. UEFI USB Flash Memory) such as Boat Option #1.
- Exit UEFI configuration menu saving changes (Save & Exit) and the computer should automatically boot KON-BOOT instead of Windows.
If everything went well and you see the KON-BOOT welcome screen (a completely black screen with Kon-Boot for Windows), press any key on your PC keyboard and wait for Windows to start.
When you are in front of the login screen, choose to log in with a password (click on the item Access options to change access system), click in the password entry field (leaving it blank) and press the key Submit to log in to Windows.
Mission accomplished! You are now logged into Windows and can do whatever you need to do: recover data, change the account password, create a new account, and so on. Please, after using KON-BOOT activate the antivirus again and try not to forget your password again!
Please note: If you are using Windows 10 and cannot use KON-BOOT because you have set up access with a Microsoft Online account, try to reset the account password by connecting to this web page.
Override the Windows password with Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
If you're using an old BIOS-based PC and don't want to spend money, you can overstep the Windows password using Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, a free software to copy to CD / DVD or USB sticks that allows you to bypass the login password of all editions of Windows from NT 3.5 to Windows 8.1. Just as KON-BOOT does not allow to recover files encrypted by Bitlocker but allows easy access to any password protected user account.
To download the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor ISO image on your PC, connect to the program's website and first click on the button Bootdisk (top left) and then on the first link placed under the heading Download (Eg. cd140201.zip). Once the download is complete, open the zip archive that contains the software and extract the contents to any folder.
Then start any burning program (eg. Imgburn) and use the function burn image files to burn the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor ISO image (ex. cd140201.iso) Su un CD o DVD vuoto.
Once the burn is complete, insert the newly created disk into the PC where you want to reset the Windows password and boot from it. Wait for the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor welcome screen to appear, press Submit e select the disk partition that contains Windows by typing the number corresponding to it (it should be 1) and pressing the key Submit on the PC keyboard twice consecutively.
At this point, type 1 I awarded Submit to select the password reset option, repeat the operation 1 to view the list of user accounts set up on the PC and type the user name of the account to be “broken into”. Finally, press the button Submit to reset the Windows password and exit Offline NT Password & Registry Editor using commes !, q, y, n ed exit.
At this point you can restart your PC and log in to Windows without typing any password. Easier than that?
Remove the Windows password
If you do not want bypass the Windows password to access a “locked” system, but simply remove the password request at login, proceed as follows.
- Log in to Windows with an administrator account;
- Press the key combination Win + R on the PC keyboard to call up the "Run" panel and give the comme netplwiz;
- In the window that opens, select the tab users, click on your username and remove the check mark from the item But use this computer if you need the password and the password.;
- Click the buttons Apply e OK and enter your user account password to apply the changes.