How to Recover Passwords on Your Computer

By Mario Calhoun

Updated September 28, 2017

Recover your password on your computer.
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It is not unusual to forget an important password for your computer. Unless you keep your passwords written down someplace safe it, you may need to turn to options for recovering your password on your computer including Keychain Access for Macintosh computers and the Password Reset Wizard on your Windows PC. For passwords that can't be recovered using the Password Reset tool on Windows, you can download a third-party password recovery program from reputable download sites such as

Password Recovery for Macintosh Computers

Click "Go" at the top of your computer screen, and select "Utilities" from the drop-down menu.

Double-click the "Keychain Access" icon to run the application. Click the "Login" tab on the sidebar, and click the "Passwords" tab.

Double-click the program or website you wish to recover, and check the box next to "Show Password."

Enter your administrator password and click "Allow." The password will be appear in the "Show Password" field.

Password Recovery on PCs

Click the "Start" button and click the arrow button next to "Shut Down." Select "Restart."

Click your Windows user name, and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

Click the "Use your password reset disk" link and click "Next" in the Password Reset Wizard.

Insert the Password Reset CD into your optical drive and click the "Next" button.

Type in a new password twice to confirm the password matches, and click "Next." Click "Finish" to complete the change.