Do You Really Need to Spend $ in a Windows 8
Password Reset Tool?
- In Windows 8, all of the important diagnostic and repair options available to you can be found on the Advance Startup Options (ASO) menu. Advanced Startup Options (ASO) is a centralized menu of recovery, repair, and troubleshooting tools in Windows 8. The ASO menu is also referred to as the Boot Options menu.Advanced Startup Options replaced the System Recovery Option menu available in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Some sources still refer to Windows 8’s Advanced Startup Options menu as System Recovery Options. The tools available from the Advanced Startup Options menu can be used to run almost all of the repair, refresh, Windows 8 password reset, and diagnostic tools available in Windows 8 even if Windows won’t start.
Accessing The ASO for Windows 8 Password Reset
Note: There are several ways to access the ASO menu, but some (Methods 1, 2, & 3) are only available if you can already get in to Windows 8, or know your password. I recommend following Method # 4, which requires that you have a Windows 8 setup disc or flash drive, or Method # 5, which requires that you have, or create, a Windows 8 Recovery Drive. Method 6 , if your computer supports it.
- Click on Troubleshoot, then Advanced options, and finally Command Prompt.
- type the following command:
copy c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\
…and then press Enter. You should see a 1 file(s) copied confirmation.
- Next, type this command again followed by Enter:
copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
Answer with Y or Yes to question about the overwrite of the utilman.exe file. You should now see another file copy confirmation.
- Remove any flash drives or discs that you may have in cd-rom drive, and then restart your computer.
- Once you see the Windows 8 logon screen , click the Ease of Access icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen. Command Prompt should now open What Command Prompt? That’s right! The changes you made in Step 3 & 4 above replaced the Ease of Access tools with Command Prompt (don’t worry, you’ll reverse these changes in Step 11). Now that you have access to a command line, you can reset your Windows 8 password.
- Next you need to execute the net user command as shown below, replacing myusername with your user name, and mynewpassword with the password you’d like to begin using:
net user myusername mynewpassword
For example, on my computer, I would execute the command like this:
net user “Frank Alegre” a@vdrkrosxir4lude
Note: You only need to use double quotes around your username if it happens to have a space in it.
Tip: If you get a The user name could not be found message, execute net user to see the list of Windows 8 users on the computer for reference and then try again with a valid username. A System error 8646 / The system is not authoritative for the specified account…message indicates that you’re using a Microsoft account to login to Windows 8, not a local account.
- Now, Close Command Prompt.
- Login with the new password you set in Step 7!
- Now that your Windows 8 password has been reset and you’re back in, either create a Windows 8 password reset disk or switch your local account to a Microsoft account. No matter which you choose, you’ll finally have legitimate, and much easier to use, Windows 8 password reset options.
- Finally, you should reverse the hack that makes this password reset trick work in Windows 8. To do that, repeat Steps 1 & 2 above. Once Command Prompt is open again, execute this command:
copy c:\utilman.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
Confirm the overwriting by answering Yes and then restart your computer.
I hope this tutorial was able to help with Windows 8 Password Reset Issues.