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Windows 7: Lost administrator password

13 Oct 2011   #1
saurav Gautam

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Lost administrator password

Hi i lost the administrator password of my PC... I have several important files on c drive and a sql server database as well.. Is there any way to recover it.. I have already tried entering all the possible keywords.. Please help me.. Or is it a dead end?


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13 Oct 2011   #2
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi saurav Gautam,

Try enabling the built in Administrators account: Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable and resetting your password from there.
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13 Oct 2011   #3
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It is possible, and there are at least 4 methods I know of that don't require you to have a password reset disc (which I suggest you create after you get through this)

I'm a little fuzzy on the rules regarding making those methods public on this site though as they can be easily abused.
None of the ones that work reliably with windows 7 are very easy though (unless you have the password reset disc handy)
...and it is going to take some reading.
I suggest pursuing the reset method instead of the recovery methods hopefully that will assist you in any further google searches you may make.

Sorry I can't be of more help to you but like I said I'm not certain of our site's policy on this kind of thing.

edit: severedsolo's method will get you access to the machine again, unless you are in fact using the admin account and not a user account with admin privilege.
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13 Oct 2011   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Rule #6l
6) No discussions of hacking someones system, network, password, etc.
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13 Oct 2011   #5
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Rule #6l
6) No discussions of hacking someones system, network, password, etc.
...and there you have it.

I think that is about as far as I can go in helping you with this. If it is actually your machine and you have physical access to it there are ways to get in.

If it's someone elses machine they will likely know you did it though. Just keep that in mind.
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13 Oct 2011   #6
saurav Gautam

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

My problem is solved.... I didnt reset my password... My system was connected over LAN and sql server was configuered to allow remote access,,,, I opened the database on another computer and saved it there... I will soon format the computer whose password was lost
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13 Oct 2011   #7
saurav Gautam

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Windows should not allow to reset password so easily...
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13 Oct 2011   #8
saurav Gautam

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Hi saurav Gautam,

Try enabling the built in Administrators account: Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable and resetting your password from there.
We need to have admin password to Enable or Disable the Windows 7 Built-in Administrator Account.. Or can we enable and disable form limited account also???
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13 Oct 2011   #9
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by saurav Gautam View Post
Windows should not allow to reset password so easily...
The only alternative would be to drastically lock down the entire system. Bitlocker is always an option if you are more concerned about security than performance.

Cracking it is far more difficult, near impossible without specialized software and the know how to use it.
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