Getting locked out of your Dell laptop can be a bit frustrating because you may want to use the laptop for an urgent need. You probably forgot your admin or user password, which was why you were not able to access the Dell laptop. You shouldn’t feel bad when such a thing happens to you – there are thousands of other people that face this problem almost every day; anyone could forget their password(s).
However, when such things happen, if you have a password reset disk, you can simply plug it into the Dell laptop and reset the password immediately. But in a situation where you don’t have a reset disk, what are the possible ways to get around this unpleasant scenario? Here’s the comprehensive guide to reset dell password without disk.
How to Reset Dell password without Disk in Windows 10/8/7
Method 1: Using Windows Password Recovery
Windows Password Recovery is a smart Windows utility software that aids to recover or reset admin/user passwords. It works for all laptop and desktop computers, not just for Dell laptops. It comes with a couple of impressive features. Plus, it also supports old Windows OS versions – Windows server 2000s. It is easy to use this software to reset your Dell laptop password, thanks to its easy-to-read interface.
- Recover all Windows, and all user accounts password
- Recover domain administrator/user passwords
- Create a new account in Windows without login password
- Removes password for all Windows accounts
- Reset Microsoft account password for Windows 8, 8.1, and 10
How to use
You have to download the software and install it on another computer. The software has to be installed on any other computer you can access – it can be any laptop or desktop computer. Once the software is installed on another computer, you can now follow the steps below to reset your Dell computer password.
Open Windows Password Recovery on the computer and choose how you’d love to create a password reset disk. There are two available options to choose from – USB device and CD/DVD. The USB device option means to create a USB password reset disk, while CD/DVD means to create a disc password reset disk. Let’s go with the USB device option.
Insert a USB device to the computer, click on “USB device,” select your device, then click on “Begin Burning.” Wait for the process to complete, and then remove your password reset disk (the USB device); the burning process doesn’t take much time, anyway.
Insert the USB reset disk into your locked Dell computer and reboot the Dell laptop or desktop from the disk. To rebook a Dell computer from a password reset disk, follow these steps:
- During the rebooting process, once the Dell logo appears, press the boot menu key (F12 for Dell laptops or Esc for Dell desktops).
- Choose your USB drive from the options and hit the “Enter” key to boot from the device.
After booting from the password reset disk, wait for some time for Windows Password Recovery to launch automatically on the screen. On the application’s interface, you’ll see the active Windows OS(es) on your Dell computer, as well as see all the admin/user accounts that are running on the computer.
All you need to do is to click on your Windows version, click on the admin/user account you wish to change the password, and then click on “Reset Password.” This action will delete the password used in locking the selected user/admin account.
Similarly, you can create new accounts from here – by clicking the “Add User” button. Click on the “Reboot” button when you’re through with everything, and subsequently remove the USB password reset disk.
You have successfully reset your Dell password. When the Dell computer boots up, select your account and log in to the computer without any password. Set a new password from your computer settings after you’ve gained access to the computer.
These steps may look cumbersome, but it takes approx. 15 minutes to get over all these steps (in practice).
Method 2: Using another admin account
Some people have more than one admin account on their accounts. If you’re one of such people, you can actually log in to the admin account so that you could remember the password, and then reset the password for your locked account. This works if you don’t want to use the Windows Password Recovery Tool.
Steps on how to reset passwords on Dell laptops.
Boot the computer and log in with the admin account so you could remember the password. On the desktop screen, launch the Windows Run dialogue box by pressing Windows key + R.
Type “compmgmt.msc” and hit “Enter.” This will open the Computer Management window. Now click on “Local Users and Groups” link on the left pane. Also, double-click on the “Users” folder – here you’ll find all the user and admin accounts on your Dell computer.
Right-click on the username you want to change the password and select “Set Password” from the context menu. You will receive a pop-up warning message – click “proceed” to continue.
Enter the new password you want to use for the account and click “Ok.” Reboot the computer afterward and log in with the new password.
Method 3: Using Microsoft Account
Another way to reset dell password without disk is if you’re using a Microsoft account on the Windows computer. This is basically for people running Windows 8 or Windows 10 on their Dell computer(s). If you had activated your Microsoft account on the computer, below are steps to reset your password without using a reset disk. However, this method requires a steady internet connection all through the processes.
Open a web browser and visit https://account.live.com/password/reset. Then enter your email or phone number.
Verify your identity via any of the available options you see on the page. You’ll have to enter a one-time passcode to verify your identity. After verification, on the next screen, create a new password for your Microsoft account and follow the instructions to save the new password.
Note: the following steps have to be down on another computer or using your mobile phone.
After you have reset the password, you can now restart your locked Dell computer, and log in with the new password.
These are the three possible ways to reset Dell password without Disk on Windows 10/8/7. However, a formidable Windows Password Recovery Tool is the best option. This is handy if you wish to recover the password instead of resetting it.
Originally posted on May 21, 2020 @ 9:08 am