Need to reset forgotten password on HP laptop running Windows 10/8/7 ? Most people still think that a reinstallation of Windows or resetting to factory settings is required. While those two things certainly remove the password, all your data and settings will disappear as well. That's not the ideal situation to be in. It's okay when you have a recent backup from which you can restore your PC, but what if you don't? Here are three ways to recover a forgotten password on HP laptop running Windows 10, 8 and 7.
The first way is good if you have a recent backup. This could be in the cloud, on a disk or any other external storage device. Windows 10 gives you the option of keeping your data during a full reset, but you don't want to take that chance. If you don't have a backup, don't use this method. If you do, then follow the steps below to if you forgot the laptop password.
The recovery process depends on your Windows OS version. In addition, starting in 2018, HP and Compaq laptops don't have the HP Recovery Manager pre-installed. That means you have to do it another way. One of these methods is to use Automatic Repair, and is described below:
Boot up your PC and hold down the F8 key until you see the Advanced Startup menu. Click on Advanced Repair Options > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options. Select Automatic Repair and follow the instructions provided on the screen to recover your system.
This method will clear all your files and settings, and also reset forgotten password for user and admin accounts. You can now restore the system from your backup, but you'll have to download all your apps from the Microsoft Store again. If you don't have a backup, then you need a method that keeps your data intact but will remove your HP laptop password. This is described in the next section of this article.
If you didn't take a backup of the drive or not prepared for reinstall, normally, a password reset disk will be needed to regain access the locked computer. But if you've forgotten login password and no password reset disk was created in advance, a password recovery software like WinPWD comes into help. WinPWD is an award-winning Windows password recovery tool that does not touch your data in any way. It works by blanking the password for normal user or admin account that you use to access your computer, and it also works on Microsoft account as well.
WinPWD Windows Password Recovery Software is very easy to use even if you're a novice. All you need is another computer on which to create the password reset disk, and you're good to go. No additional software is required, and it has been thoroughly tested on 80+ brands of PCs and laptops, including HP. And it works on any version of Windows starting from Windows XP all the way to Windows 10 latest update. Here's the process to reset forgotten password on HP laptop without password reset disk.
On a different computer with admin access, download the software and install it. Now launch the program and insert a USB drive or DVD/CD on which the bootable media will be burned. The ISO burning software is built in, so all you need to do is hit the "Burn" button next to the storage medium that you are using. Your password reset disk will be created in a few minutes.
Remove the reset disk or USB drive with bootable media and insert it into the locked HP laptop. To boot from this media, hit F10 (or F2 or F6 depending on the laptop model) during startup when the screen is blank. This will take you to the BIOS settings, where you can change the boot order from Storage > Boot Options. Change it to USB or CD/DVD Drive and resume the boot.
When your laptop boots from the disk, you'll see the WinPWD password reset interface, where you can choose the correct OS version and the locked user account. Click on "Reset Password" to bypass the password of selected account, then remove the disk and restart your computer. You won't need a password to login now.
This simple 3-step process and the 100% recovery rate are the reasons why WinPWD Windows Password Reset software is trusted by millions of HP laptop users around the world. It's a no-fuss method that keeps your data safe, and there's no complex command line work to handle.
HP offers fairly good tech support, so you can contact their service team to see if they can resolve the issue. However, be warned that tech support charges may apply, and it's usually not cheap. Besides, they're likely to recommend that you either bring the laptop into the service center for an OS reinstallation or a reset to factory settings.
If you'd rather not hassle with a factory reset or take your computer to the shop, the best way is to get WinPWD and reset forgotten password on HP laptop in a matter of minutes. Once the password reset disk is created, you can use it an unlimited number of times to reset your HP laptop password.