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The Easiest Way to Reset Windows Password on a Virtual Machine

Hello. I purchased Parallels for my Windows 7 computer so I could run Windows 8.1 on it. I forgot my Windows 8.1 password and I am now locked out. I've searched the web for how to reset the password, but they don't seem to work because I'm running Windows7 via Parallels and not as a standalone machine. So how do I reset in Parallels?

--- Stanley from Yahoo answer

Virtual machines allow you to run one operating system emulated within another operating system. Your primary OS can be Windows 7 64-bit, for example, but with enough memory and processing power, you can run Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 side-by-side within it. If you're the unlucky guy like Stanley, you need to find a way to recover the forgotten Windows password.

This tutorial will take you step by step through resetting a Windows login password inside a virtual machine. Here we take VMWare, Parallels and Hyper-V which are the most popular virtual machine applications for example.

Step 1. Change Virtual Machine Settings to Boot from ISO

The steps of settings for different virtual machine vary. For any one, firstly you should download Windows Password Key firstly. The ISO file is saved in the following folder by default:
C:\Program Files\Windows Password Key Enterprise\Windows_Password_Key_ Enterprise _Demo.iso

For WMWare:

For Parallels:

For Hyper-V:

Step 2. Recover Lost, Forgotten Windows Password on VMWare, Parallels and Hyper-V

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