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How to reset admin password of my Acer computer?

  1. May 16, 2016 #1
    My GF forgot the password of her old acer laptop, which she didn't use much. Now she asked to me to help her recover the password. I only know reinstall the os but this will erase the data on the computer. What is the method i can use to reset the password without losing any data?
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  3. May 17, 2016 #2
    What OS is it? If it's windows 7 you can follow the instructions here: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Reset-Built-in-Administrator-Password-If-Fo/ [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 7, 2017
  4. May 17, 2016 #3
    It's Windows 8. I will check it to see if this works. thank u very much
    Last edited by a moderator: May 7, 2017
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  6. May 18, 2016 #5
    Password to what? an email account? a social-website account? your windows password? there could be billions of possibilities. be descriptive of what the password is for.
    maybe this article is helpful:
  7. May 18, 2016 #6


    Staff: Mentor

    The thread title is "how to reset admin password of my acer computer?" so I assume that's the password he's asking about.
  8. May 18, 2016 #7
    Who even contemplates reinstalling the OS for a forgotten password to a social media account?
  9. May 18, 2016 #8
    Once upon a time simply removing the internal memory battery for 10-15 minutes would clear it, If the computer isn't very new that may be worth a try. (note: this applies to HP laptops, not sure with Acer).
  10. May 18, 2016 #9
    Thanks to all, the password was reset with the help of above suggestions.
  11. May 18, 2016 #10
    This doesn't work in my case. I tried it early.
  12. May 18, 2016 #11
    At least the story had a happy ending. :smile:
  13. May 18, 2016 #12
    Password stories rarely do lol
  14. Jun 3, 2016 #13
    That will only work with a bios password, never a Windows password. Bios data is stored in volatile memory, Windows (and other passwords) are stored on a hard drive, so a battery pull will never work for that.
  15. Jul 4, 2016 #14
    1. After wrong password prompt displays, click OK;
    2. Insert the password reset disk into PC driver, click Reset password and the Password Reset Wizard will comes up, then click "Next";
    3. Choose the targeted password reset disc from drop down box, and then click "Next";
  16. Jul 5, 2016 #15
    There are software tools that can help you reset the encrypted passwords of windows accounts. (->google)
    My old windows 7 had an Administrator account by default that was not passwordized, I used it when I suddenly forgot what my current account's password was after I hit my head against the stairs inadvertently.
  17. Aug 14, 2017 #16
    Forgot Windows password ? as long as you know a Microsoft account and Email ID , they are can be used to reset logon password for you , even if they are free ,but not everyone can do it ,
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  20. Nov 5, 2017 #19
    Solution 1
    Forgot Windows 10/8.1/8 password on Acer laptop, such as Acer Aspire? I will probably recommend you 3rd-party software to reset Acer laptop windows 10/8.1/8 password. Because it works well and quickly when you don’t have password reset disk, available administrator or other sign-in options.

    And the Windows password reset program, Windows Password Genius Advanced is my favorite. The major steps are software download and installation, burn software into bootable USB drive or CD/DVD-ROM, boot locked Acer laptop from burning device and reset/remove Windows 8/8.1/10 password.
    Solution 2
    For Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, there is a built-in administrator for users to login computer. But it is not enabled by default. So when forgot Acer laptop Windows XP password, we can bypass forgotten Acer laptop Windows XP password with enabled built-in administrator.

    Step 1: Press F8 when powering on Acer laptop.

    Step 2: At Advanced Boot Options window, choose Safe Mode and press Enter.

    Step 3: Choose and click the Administrator account at the Windows logon screen.

    Please note that if you’ve ever set this administrator password, you need input the password set before. If not, you should keep the "Password" blank.

    Step 4: Click Start > Control Panel > User Accounts, select the account needed to reset password and input new password.
  21. Nov 28, 2017 #20
    I'm late.I am reinstalling the system instead of resetting the password ,it took me a long time and energy, especially since I don't know much about computers
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