How to reset a Windows 7 Enterprise password without an adminstrator account or reset disk?

I put a password on my laptop yesterday evening that I thought must have been correct, but somewhere I think I made a mistake and now can't log into my laptop. I forgot to make a reset disk - silly me! - and I believe that is the administator account as it is the only account on the actual laptop. Anyone know any way in which I can reset the password without a disk? My disk drive gave up working a few months ago so I'm pretty stuck.

Thanks in advance!
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Here you go:
  1. Set your BIOS so that it uses the DVD drive as its primary boot device.
  2. Boot the machine with your Windows 7 Repair CD.
  3. Press a key when prompted to boot from the DVD.
  4. Select "Repair PC" from the menu.
  5. Select "Repair" when prompted.
  6. Select System Restore when prompted.
  7. Set Windows back to a point before you changed the password.
  8. Plan ahead a little and create, test and document a spare admin account, same as you have a spare house key for emergencies.

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Last updated October 16, 2020 Views 6,393 Applies to: