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How to Reset Windows Vista Password | All Situations

This comprehensive, step-by-step guide covers all scenarios, from forgotten passwords to account lockouts. Learn how to reset your Windows Vista password in any situation.

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Updated on Jul 09, 2024

Windows Vista is an old and outdated product, and Microsoft has finally discontinued its support. However, a large number of people still use it. Forgetting a Windows Vista password can leave users feeling exhausted and frustrated. However, no worries, as there are reliable ways to reset your password and access your system.

In this post, EaseUS will show you how to reset your password in Windows Vista using built-in and third-party software tools. Read this tutorial thoroughly to understand how these methods work so you can recover your PC in no time!

How to Reset Windows Vista Password With/Without Disk

Let's learn five different methods to reset your Windows Vista password. Whether you prefer third-party software or built-in tools, we'll guide you step-by-step through the process.

1. Windows Vista Password Reset With Disk

This part will introduce two solid ways of resetting Windows Vista password with disk:

Way 1. Remove Windows Vista Password via EaseUS Partition Master

EaseUS Partition Master Professional is a powerful Windows password bypass tool that can help you easily reset a forgotten Windows Vista password. This tool lets you remove your password without reinstalling Windows or losing data. EaseUS Partition Master has several advantages, including its simplicity, speed, and reliability, which make it a popular choice among users.

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Step 1. Insert the target USB disk into the computer, download and run EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Toolkit" > "Password Reset."

click password reset feature

Step 2. A small window will pop up. After reading it carefully, click "Create".

click create

Step 3. Select the correct USB flash drive or external mobile hard disk and click "Create" again. Wait patiently. After the password reset USB flash drive is created, click "Finish."

create bootable disk

Step 4. Remove the password reset USB, insert it into the locked PC, and restart. You will be asked to change the boot drive to boot the PC from USB. Once completed, the system will automatically boot from USB.

Step 5. After restarting, find EaseUS Partition Master again and go to "Password Reset." All accounts on the PC will be displayed in the interface; click on the target account and check "Reset & Unlock."

select the correct account

Step 6. When you receive this prompt, click "Confirm" to continue. Your password will be erased.

confirm the action

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Way 2. Create Windows Vista Password Reset Disk

This method can work for resetting the password only when you create the Windows Vista Password Reset disk in advance. Unfortunately, very few users remember to make an OS password reset disk in advance, which can be used to resolve issues or recover forgotten passwords. Yet, for those who have pre-configured a reset disk, here's how to use it:

Step 1. After entering the incorrect password, Windows Vista will display a "Reset password" option below the login box.

Step 2. Plug the Windows Vista password reset disk into the locked PC and click the "Reset password" option.


Step 3. The Password Reset Wizard will appear. Click "Next" to proceed.

Step 4. Select the appropriate password reset disk from the list and click "Next."

Step 5. Create a new password and provide a hint to help you remember it; then click "Next."

Step 6. Confirm the changes by clicking "Finish".

Step 7. Then, log in to the computer using the new password.

2. Windows Vista Password Reset Without Disk

Way 3. Run Command Prompt to Reset Windows Vista Password

If you haven't created a Windows Vista password reset disk, don't worry! There's an alternative solution. Windows Vista has a hidden account called Administrator. It is always accessible for emergencies. This account has no password set by default unless you've previously changed it. If you haven't, you can use this account to log in and reset your password.

Follow the steps:

Step 1. Reboot your computer and hold the "F8" key for 10 seconds until the advanced boot options menu appears.

Step 2. Hit the "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" option and boot into safe mode.


Step 3. Log in to the administrator account.

Step 4. Type the command "net user Username NewPassword." Where the Username is your actual username and NewPassword with your desired new password to reset your password.

Way 4. Enable the Administrator to Change the Password

If you have created another administrator account on the same computer, you can try login from that account to reset the password. If you don't have a secondary administrator account, this method won't work.

Follow the steps:

Step 1. Log in to your PC through the secondary administrator account.

Step 2. Open Control Panel.

Step 3. Click on the "User Accounts" icon.

Step 4. Choose the option to "Manage another account."


Step 5. Choose the user account for which you want to change the password.

Step 6. Click on the "Change the password" option.

Step 7. Create a new password for the user account.

Way 5. Apply Sticky Keys Trick

This method utilizes the Windows Vista accessibility feature called Sticky Keys. Designed for users with physical limitations, Sticky Keys allows for pressing modifier keys (Shift, Ctrl, Alt) individually instead of simultaneously. Rapidly pressing the Shift key five times triggers a prompt to enable Sticky Keys.

Follow the steps:

Step 1. Boot your PC from a Live DVD or System Repair disc and open the Command Prompt.

Step 2. Run the following command:

copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\

Step 3. Replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe by running this command:

copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe


Step 4. Restart your PC and, at the login screen, press the Shift key five times.

Step 5. The Command Prompt will come up with administrative privileges. Enter this command:

net user your_user_name new_password


Step 6. Log in to your account using the new password.

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Forgetting your Windows Vista password can be frustrating. But there are reliable ways to reset it and return it to your system. We've covered five ways to reset your Windows Vista password. These include using third-party software, like EaseUS Partition Master, and built-in tools. For example, the password reset disk and Command Prompt. Also, we've explored the Sticky Keys trick. We've also tried using another admin account to change the password.

If you want a fast solution, we highly recommend using EaseUS Partition Master. Its easy-to-use interface, speed, and reliability make it great. It's the best way to reset your Windows Vista password. Remember to keep your password safe. Also, consider making a password reset disk. It will prevent future headaches.

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FAQs About How to Reset Windows Vista Password

Have more queries about how to reset your Windows Vista password? Check out the FAQs below!

1. Can I access the Administrator account in Windows Vista without a password?

If the Administrator account doesn't have a password set, you can access it without entering a password. However, if you've set a password and forgotten it, you'll need to reset it using one of the methods mentioned earlier.

2. Which password reset disk is better for Windows Vista?

There isn't a better brand of password reset disk for Windows Vista. Any USB drive formatted to store the password reset info will work. Make sure to create the reset disk using the same Windows Vista computer.

3. How do I change my password on Windows Vista using Command Prompt?

Here's how to change your password on Windows Vista using Command Prompt:

  • Reboot your computer and long-press the "F8" key until the advanced boot options menu appears.
  • Click the "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" option and boot into safe mode.
  • Log in to the administrator account.
  • Type the command "net user Username NewPassword." Replace Username with your actual username and NewPassword with your desired new password to reset your password.

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