Certainly, a strong password helps protect your HP laptop from unauthorized access. However, most users have a hard time remembering. You can usually write this down in your notepad or take a picture of it. Unfortunately, consumers still regularly forget their HP laptop password.
So here comes the dilemma: How to unlock your HP laptop forgot password? Usually, a password reset disk can be used to fix the problem. However, some may wonder, “How do I reset the password on my HP laptop without a disc?” This is inconvenient if you need to work on your laptop and retrieve saved files.
Here are some ways to quickly unlock your HP laptop if you forget the password. Let’s look at each individually.
Method 1: Make use of the Administrator Account that is Hidden.
As you may know, the Administrator account will have maximum access to the device which can also be used to update other account passwords. So, if you forget the password for a specific user account on your HP laptop, you can change the password using another administrator account.
Log in to the available administrator account if one is accessible. You may need to enable the built-in (hidden) administrator account to complete the process.
Here’s how to change your password using another account.
Step 1: When you are on the login screen, go to the Users list, select another account with administrator credentials and sign in to that account. If necessary, you can also quickly activate the built-in administrator account by pressing the Shift key five times.
Step 2: In Control Panel go to User Accounts > User Accounts.
Step 3: Select your locked user account from the Setup another Account menu.
Step 4: You should be ready to log out of your existing account and then log in to the restricted account with the new password.
Method 2: Reset the Password with a Reset Disk
Having a password reset CD for your HP laptop will come in handy. Use a basic password reset CD to successfully unlock an HP laptop.
Step 1: Connect your HP laptop to the password reset disk you created.
Step 2: When the login screen appears, type the wrong password and press Enter. When prompted to change your password, select OK.
Step 3: Below the Password text box, you will now see more login options. You can change your password by clicking on the reset password button.
Step 4: After that, use the password reset process to generate a new password along with the password hint to replace the old one. After that press the Next and Finish button.
It should be noted that this tool, created using built-in functions of Windows, can only be used on the computer it was created on. Suppose you cannot unlock your HP laptop if you have forgotten the password. You’ll need to use a professional program (such as PassFab 4WinKey or ISumsoft Windows Password Refixer) on another working computer.