How to Bypass Password on Dell Laptop

Forgetting a password can happen to anyone. Failure to remember the login credentials to your laptop can be a frustrating experience. You may also be locked out from your Dell laptop, such as when a malicious software program changes your credentials. If you have found yourself in such situations, we offer solutions to your predicament. Below are four methods that show you how to bypass a password on a Dell laptop.

Method 1. Bypass Password on Dell Laptop with Windows Password Recovery Software (Windows 7/8/10)

The first method involves using a specialized tool known as PassFab 4WinKey. This is an advanced Windows password recovery software that helps you bypass the password on a Dell laptop in Windows 7, 8, and 10 and on Windows Vista, XP, Server, and SBS. The tool essentially allows you to create a Windows bootable disc on another computer that you can then use to bypass the locked Dell laptop’s password.

To get started, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download and Install PassFab 4Winkey on another computer.

Use a different Windows PC or even a Mac to download and install the tool.

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Double-click the application icon on the Desktop to launch it.

Step 2: Create a Password Reset Disk

bypass password on Dell laptop with PassFab 4WinKey

In the dialog box that appears on your screen, select the bootable media you want to use from the two options available; USB drive or CD/DVD.

Click Next to commence the process of creating a Windows bootable disc.

Once complete, eject the USB or CD/DVD.

Step 3: Bypass Windows Password

Go to the locked Dell laptop, insert the bootable disc and restart the computer. The restart sequence begins, and the Dell logo is displayed. As soon as you see the logo, press F12 quickly and repeatedly to access the boot menu. In the Boot Device list, set the disc to take boot priority as shown below:

windows boot menu on dell laptop

Save and exit the boot menu using the options provided as shown above, and the Dell laptop will boot using the disc.

After a few seconds, you will see the 4WinKey interface. Select the Windows system and then choose the account you want to operate, click the “Remove Account Password” radio button, and then click Next.

remove account password on Dell laptop

The tool will proceed to work its magic and let you know once the process is complete. Eject the bootable media and click Reboot in the dialog screen to restart the Dell laptop.

reboot Dell laptop

That is how to bypass a password on a Dell Inspiron. Once you restart the computer, you will be able to log in without a password. If you want to create a new password for the account, just go to Windows settings and do so. Read our PassFab 4WinKey Review here.

Method 2. Bypass Password on Dell Laptop Windows 8/8.1/10 with Microsoft Account

This method only works if you use your Microsoft account to log into the Dell laptop and you have forgotten or lost the Microsoft account password. However, if you use a local computer account created specifically for the laptop, you need a Windows password reset disc as described in method one above.

To use this method to bypass the lock screen on a Dell laptop, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Click “Forgot my password” on the lock screen

reset password option on Dell laptop

If there is more than one account on the Dell laptop, ensure you select the correct account.

Step 2: Enter the Captcha

Solve the captcha to prove that you are human and click Next.

windows reset password captcha on Dell laptop

Step 3: Choose the Recovery Email

Select the recovery email and solve the hidden email challenge.

Click Send Code.

windows reset password email verification on Dell laptop

Step 4: Verify Your Identity

Use your phone or another computer to check your email for the code.

Enter the code in the section provided to verify your identity.

windows reset password identity verification on Dell laptop

Step 5: Enter a New Password

On the next screen, enter a new password and click Next.

Click Next again to go back to the Windows sign-in screen.

That is how to bypass the lock screen on a Dell laptop. If the new password fails to work initially, simply restart the computer and log in again.

Method 3. Bypass Password on Dell Laptop Windows 7 by Using Safe Mode

After installing Windows 7 on a Dell laptop, a built-in administrator account with a blank password and disabled by default is created. This admin account is only accessible using Windows safe mode.

Follow the steps below to use this method to get past the password on a Dell laptop.

Step 1: Activate Safe Mode

To activate safe mode on a Dell laptop, restart it and press F8 to enter the “Advanced Boot Options.”

Scroll down and select the “Safe Mode with Command Prompt” option.

windows safe mode with command prompt on Dell laptop

Step 2: Log in to the Administrator Account

On the Windows 7 lock screen, you will see the Administrator account and all the local accounts displayed. Click on the Administrator account to log in without a password.

Dell laptop admin account login

Step 3: Reset Dell Laptop Windows 7 Password

The command screen opens. In this screen, type net user as shown below and press Enter.

windows 7 CMD net user command

All the accounts display. Identify the local account that you would like to bypass the password, and then type net user {username} {password} where “username” is the account name and “password” is the new password you would like to set. For example, net user OSstuff 123. Press Enter.

If the operation is successful, you will get a message stating, “The command completed successfully.”

Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del buttons simultaneously, then click the Shutdown button to restart the Dell laptop. Once it restarts, log in to your account with the password you created above.

Method 4. Bypass Password on Dell Laptop Windows 8/8.1/10 by Factory Reset

This final method refers to a situation where you are logged out and locked out by not knowing or having forgotten the password. Where none of the methods outlined above works, you have to factory reset your Dell laptop.

To bypass the administrator password on a Dell laptop using the factory reset method, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Boot into Advanced Options

On the login screen, click the Power icon at the bottom right-hand corner.

Next, press and hold the Shift key while simultaneously clicking the Restart button.

Step 2: Troubleshoot

When the laptop boots into Advanced options, click Troubleshoot.

bypass Dell laptop by factory reset

Step 3: Factory Reset the Dell Laptop

In the next window, click “Reset your PC.”

reset your pc on Dell laptop

When presented with the option to keep your files or delete everything, choose “Remove everything.” This forces the Windows Recovery Environment to delete and format all partitions and install a fresh Windows copy.

factory reset this pc on Dell laptop

Click Next. The laptop will begin performing a factory reset.

When your Dell laptop restarts, it will be in the original state when you purchased it.

Conclusion

There you have it, four methods showing you how to bypass the password on a Dell laptop in all Windows versions. The first method is the most effective and is guaranteed to provide you with the best results.

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