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Windows 7: I unintentionally set a password that I don't remember

30 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
I unintentionally set a password that I don't remember

I often get a message that I must submit permission to perform some action like delete a folder. Apparently I unintentionally set a password that I don't remember for the administrator account. Fortunately this is on my laptop which has no important files that are not also on my desktop so losing data is not a huge issue. I want to try the steps in the tutorial Brink suggests but I don't see an administrator account in the user accounts but there is a folder for it. I'm kind of lost at this point about where to work on the problem.

BTW: This is one of those machines that came with Vista with a free upgrade to Windows 7 so I don't have Vista installation disks.

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30 Nov 2011   #2


First try to create another Admin account and name it Admin1, then try to delete the original Admin account. Second if that did not work. I am not sure if I should mention this or even advise this but I guess we will find out. Google "ophcrack" and down load to a cd or dvd disk. Then resart the laptop with the disk in and let it run and it shoud find your password. As for not having any Vista Discs you can purchase a set of discs for a very reasonable price from .
These are just suggestions someone with more experience may have other advice or suggestions.

Stll learning, Learning Still

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30 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 8 Core X64

Enable the real hidden Administrator account as follows:

Open a Elevated Command Prompt. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories. Right click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.

Enter net user administrator /active:yes and press Enter
Type exit and press Enter to close the Command Prompt window.

Click Start then click the Arrow to the right of Shutdown and select Logoff.
When the Login screen is shown, is Administrator there? If yes, click on it to login as Administrator (no password).

If not, login as yourself again then do a Restart.
Press F8 during Restart to bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu. Select Safe Mode.
Login as Administrator (no password).

Open Control Panel then User Accounts.
Click on Manage another account

Select the account you want to add or remove a password for then click on Change password or Remove password.
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