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How can I reset a PC if I forgot the administrator password? – The Old New Thing

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/01/22

What I reboot three times is true.

[WayBackHow can I reset a PC if I forgot the administrator password? – The Old New Thing:

There is an emergency reset button that you can activate like this:

  • Turn off the computer.
  • Turn on the computer, but while it is booting, turn off the power.
  • Turn on the computer, but while it is booting, turn off the power.
  • Turn on the computer, but while it is booting, turn off the power.
  • Turn on the computer and wait.

After three failed reboot attempts, Windows goes into recovery mode and one of the options there is to reset the computer. One of the reasons for that option is to address this specific problem of finding an old machine that you forgot the password to, and you want to just reset the PC and start over clean.

–jeroen

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