How To Reset Password On Dell Computer Without Disk

How To Reset Password On Dell Computer Without Disk

Experiencing a forgotten password on your Dell computer can be stressful, especially in the absence of a password reset disk. However, there are still several effective ways to reset your password and regain access to your computer without reinstalling Windows. 

In this guide, we present three easy methods to reset your Dell computer’s password without the need for a password reset disk.

Method 1: Resetting via Another Administrator Account

If your Dell computer has another administrator account that you can access, you can use it to reset the password of the locked account. Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Dell computer with another administrator account.
  2. Press Windows key + R, type “control userpasswords2”, and hit Enter.
  3. In the User Accounts window, choose the account you’re locked out of and click “Reset Password.”
  4. Enter and confirm the new password, then click OK.
  5. Log out and then log back into the locked account with the new password.

Method 2: Resetting Using Windows Installation Media

Lacking an extra administrator account? Use a Windows installation media (DVD or USB) for the reset. Here’s the process:

  1. Insert the Windows installation media into your Dell computer. Boot from it by adjusting the boot order in the BIOS if necessary.
  2. On the Windows Setup screen, press Shift + F10 to bring up a command prompt.
  3. Enter “diskpart” and then “list vol” to find the Windows partition drive letter (usually C:).
  4. Exit diskpart with “exit”, navigate to the system folder with “cd /d C:\Windows\System32.”
  5. Rename Utility Manager with “ren Utilman.exe Utilman.bak” and replace it with the command prompt using “copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe”.
  6. Restart your computer, and at the login screen, click the Ease of Access icon to open a command prompt.
  7. List user accounts with “net user”, note the locked account’s name, and reset its password with “net user username newpassword” (substitute accordingly).
  8. Exit the command prompt and log in to the account using the new password.

Method 3: Using Third-Party Software like PCUnlocker

For a user-friendly option, or if you don’t have a Windows installation media, consider third-party software such as PCUnlocker:

  1. On another computer, download PCUnlocker and create a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive using a tool like ISO2Disc or Rufus.
  2. Boot your Dell computer from the bootable media.
  3. On the PCUnlocker screen, select your Windows installation and hit “Reset Password.”
  4. Choose the locked account, click “Reset Password” again to remove the existing password.
  5. Restart your computer, remove the bootable media, and log in without a password.


Forgetting your Dell computer password doesn’t mean you’re locked out forever. With these three methods, you can reset your password easily without a reset disk. 

Whether it’s through another admin account, Windows installation media, or third-party software like PCUnlocker, you have the tools to regain access to your system and data. For any further queries or tips, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

Mohammed Nihal

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