Hiren's Boot CD (also known as HBCD) is an all-in-one bootable CD including a lot of diagnostic programs you can make use of in a variety of situations like partitioning tools, system performance benchmarks, disk cloning, MBR/BIOS tools, password recovery. If you lost or forgot your login or admin password? You can find your password back with it. Just read this article to get a full knowledge how to reset forgotten admin and user password on Windows 10/8.1/8/7.
To reset your password with Hiren’s boot CD recovery on windows, you just need to Boot your computer and follow the steps below for resetting your password:
Step 1: Go to the website hirensbootcd.org and click the Download link. Scroll down the page and download the compressed file Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip. The file extracts into a folder and within that folder you will find the bootable .iso image file: Hiren’s.BootCD.15.2.iso.
Step 2: Burn the ISO image to your CD using your favourite burner. Power on your computer and make the CD-ROM to boot first.
Step 3: Once the computer has started from the CD, you will get to Hiren Boot CD startup page with many utilities. With Up & Down keys, select Offline ‘NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 Password Changer’ and press Enter. Then Wait for “Offline NT Password & Registry Editor” to load.
Step 4: Next you’ll see the Linux kernel boot options. Just press Enter. Then you need to select the partition that contains the Windows installation that you want to delete a password from.
Step 5: Press Enter to accept the default Windows Registry path. Choose the default choice “ – Password reset [sam system security]” and press Enter.
Step 6: Now the chntpw utility needs to know exactly what you want to do. Choose the default choice “ – Edit user data and passwords” and press Enter.
Step 7: Type 1 for “Clear (blank) user password” and then press Enter. Type ! to quit editing user and then press Enter.
Step 8: Type q and press Enter to quit the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor registry editing tool. Then enter the password changes to disk and enter y for yes and press Enter.
Step 9: Remove the Hiren’s Boot CD and press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to reboot your computer.
After rebooting you will be able to log in to Windows without entering a password.
Unfortunately, Hiren’s Boot CD hasn’t updated for a long time. If you are a Windows 10/8.1/8 users, then it might be incompatible with your operating system, but you can take use of the Windows Password Key, which can help you create your own password reset CD/DVD or USB flash drive pro and access your PC freely!