Reset password for Windows 8

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by MiriamJ, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. MiriamJ

    MiriamJ Bit poster

    How can I reset my password for Windows 8? I forgot the password I typed or I misspelled it that's why I can't open my user.

  2. Stuw

    Stuw Parallels Developers

    If parallels tools are installed use following commands (windows 8 VM should be running) in Terminal:
    prlctl list to get running VM list
    prlctl set "VM name" --userpasswd yourWindowsUsername:newPassword to reset password for specified VM
  3. VirtualMan

    VirtualMan Bit poster

    Hello. I am trying to impliment this password reset but I get the following after I put in the list command:

    "VM is not found"

    The VM has Parallel tools installed.
    Any suggestions?

    Thank you
  4. Stuw

    Stuw Parallels Developers

    Hello. Could you please post full commands output from Terminal here or to me privately?
    A suggestion: maybe VM name contains spaces and you didn't quoted it.
  5. pangheng

    pangheng Bit poster

    Hope this Windows 8 password reset video guide help you:
  6. Looran@Parallels

    Looran@Parallels Parallels Support

    Hi Everyone,

    To reset a password for a Windows Virtual Machine (Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1) using the on your Mac, please follow the steps outlined below:

    1. Start your virtual machine;
    2. Open Terminal application (Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal);
    3. Copy the following command, paste it into Terminal window and press Return:

    prlctl list --all

    4. The output should look similar to the following:

    {3e21f02b-9d52-4ebe-a079-675dc822d723} running - Windows 7

    5. Now type in the Terminal:

    prlctl set

    6. copy-paste the UUID number from step 3 again, add space and then type


    7. Now you will have something like:

    prlctl set 3e21f02b-9d52-4ebe-a079-675dc822d723 --userpasswd

    8. Add username (your actual Windows user account name retrieved at step 6), colon, and a new password (do not add space between username, colon and password). Please see the example below:

    prlctl set 3e21f02b-9d52-4ebe-a079-675dc822d723 --userpasswd parallels:123

    9. Press Return. You should see the following:

    Authentication tokens updated successfully.
    Success. The operation was successfully completed.

    10. The VM has been successfully configured.

    11. You can now login to your Windows user account using the specified password.

  7. SyllaA

    SyllaA Bit poster

    HI ,
    I have tried out that method but always failed and it shows up that is available only for macbook pro or parallels business edition , i am using new macbook 2015.
    If there is any other solution please let me know.
  8. Anderson11

    Anderson11 Bit poster

    Here are my tips on Windows 8 password reset.
    Tip 1: Reset Windows 8 password with reset disk
    <1> If you have typed the wrong password, you'll receive a message that says your user name or password is incorrect. When this message appears, click OK.
    <2> Click Reset password, and then follow the instructions.

    Tip 2: Use program to remove Windows 8 admin password
    <1> Download effective iSeepassword Windows password recovery software.
    <2> Install it on your accessible computer and run it.
    <3> Insert CD/USB into the computer and begin to create a burning disk by Windows password recovery program.
    <4> Plug burning disk into locked computer, boot it from CD/USB.
    <5> choose the account you wish to reset its password and click "Reset windows 8 Password", or click Add User to create new account.

    Tip 3: Reset Windows 8 admin password with system repair disc
    (1) Insert installation disk into your locked Win 8 computer and restart your PC.
    (2) Choose the language settings, click "Next".
    (3) Choose the recovery option, click "Next".
    Follow wizard to finish Windows system repair and password reset.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2016
  9. Arunn

    Arunn Parallels Support

    Hi all, if you are using Parallels Desktop for Mac Standard Edition, follow the steps mentioned here.
  10. NinzukF

    NinzukF Bit poster

    Thanks, this works fine for me.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2017
  11. PaulChristopher@Parallels

    PaulChristopher@Parallels Product Expert Staff Member

    Great! Feel free to reach out anytime. We are here to help!
  12. BellaM

    BellaM Bit poster

    Option 1: Reset Windows 8 password with password reset disk

    Password rest disk only works if you have created before losing that account password. Therefore, you had better to create this win 8 password reset disk when you set up an account. Still have difficult in creating windows 8 password reset disk? See more detail from MS website.

    Here is how to reset windows 8 password with password reset disk
    Step 1: When entering a wrong win 8 password, it will show you the Password hint and you can reset password as following picture. Click "Reset password" it will show you the Password Reset Wizard.
    Step 2: Click NEXT and select your USB password key disk drive to reset the password with a new one.
    Step 3: Then you can use the new password enter your win 8 PC.
    Or you can read this article It's about how to use software to reset windows password.
  13. karmak

    karmak Bit poster

    I don't think you can Reset the Password. Better to go with a Fresh Boot Installation.

    - Karmasandhan
  14. Appduped

    Appduped Bit poster

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  15. Icaomsertk

    Icaomsertk Bit poster

    Nice , i always think that the password recovery problem is not easy to solve, but i still want to try your method , thanks ,
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2017
  16. Heassoisl

    Heassoisl Bit poster

    you can try some other tools like ntpassword, ophcrack to reset your windows password. or try safe mode.
  17. Ajith1

    Ajith1 Parallels Support

    We are glad to see your active participation.
  18. VinceB1

    VinceB1 Bit poster

    The "sticky keys" technique for resetting Windows 8.1 password on a Windows system is still a good option for now. The technique basically provides access to a command prompt from the Windows login page - the page right at the start with an icon for each user. This page appears to run with administrator privileges, so the command prompt can be used to reset any password of any user without knowing any further details.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2017
  19. dynastyt

    dynastyt Bit poster

    Hi all,i am new and watching this post is make me amazed,this is so informative forum and this post as well:)

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