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Windows 7: Can't log in to my computer

10 Jan 2012   #1
FaithfulMC

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Can't log in to my computer

I have alot of problems, and i don't know how to solve them.
I messed abit with the cmd, and i think the computer randomly generated a new password for my account "a" So the problem now is that i can't log in anymore.
I don't have a password restore disc.
I can't start the windows in safe mode( the only way to do that is to pull the battery out), but the problem is it still requires a password.
I can go to the boot options( the key for me is f12, usually it's f8 i believe, i don't know why), but there doesn't seem to be anything that would help( Internal HDD, CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive, BIOS Setup, Diagnostics) BIOS Setup is the only one that might really help me i think, but there are only Admin Password, System Password and Internal HDD Password i can change there, not the User password i need. If i could make it so i can see the Administrative account on login it would work, but I don't know how.( tried alt+ctrl+del twice)
So the main question is, How can i log in?

PS: I'm the only user of this computer and there aren't any more accounts


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10 Jan 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello FaithfulMC, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to use either tutorial below to reset your password.

User Account Password - Change from WinRE

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/10...-password.html

Password Reset

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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10 Jan 2012   #3
FaithfulMC

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

The first two are not going to work, and the third one, i made the disc, did all the things it asked me to do( Password Reset ) It still asked for the password and the final box didn't come up.
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10 Jan 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

What about the first two are not going to work?
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11 Jan 2012   #5
FaithfulMC

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I believe most of the methods required me to be logged in.
Though i could try the first one now that i have the cd. Im gonna try that when i get home.
The second one is:
Method 1: Reset Password while logged in an Administrator Account (cant log in)
Method 2: Reset Password with your Password Reset Disk (Dont have that)
Method 3: Reset Password with a Editor Tool (Tried that with a USB, didnt work)
Method 4: Reset Password by Doing a System Restore at Boot (Requires to log in)
Method 5: Reset Password in Registry Editor at Boot (Same as link 3-didnt work)
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11 Jan 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I hope the first one will work for you.
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11 Jan 2012   #7
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Just to clarify, F12 is taking you to your motherboards BIOS boot options, this has nothing to do with Windows, other than selecting the correct drive to load the installed operating system. Also the BIOS options for Admin Password, System Password and Internal HDD Password have absolutely nothing to do with Windows user account passwords. These are passwords to restrict entering or changing BIOS settings and accessing your hard drive. For example, if you were to set a HDD Password in the BIOS you would be prompted for that password every time you booted up the PC. You would have to enter that password just to get windows to load. You would also still have to enter your user account password, if you set one, to log in.
F8, if pressed at the correct time will get you the Windows boot options screen. That screen will have safe mode etc.
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11 Jan 2012   #8
FaithfulMC

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Yea, i figured that out a bit later, but i still needed the f12 to make it run CD/DVD first or what ever.
I got to the safe mode, but it still asks for a password, it's abnormal.... I don't know what else to do...
and the link one..(User Account Password - Change from WinRE)
after i type: CD Windows\system32 It says the system cannot find the path specified.
I think i'm gonna hand my computer over to someone who knows atleast something, i'm a complete rookie in this stuff

I can open the cmd.exe with the cd i made, but if i type net user, it doesn't show me the account "a" It only has Administrator and Guest. If it would i could probably change the password... I think it might actually be some kind of other error, because it's not really supposed to ask a password anyways.

One more thing: If there is a way to edit the list of users shown in the login menu without being logged in, that would help. Or if there is a way to change it to the old style (where you type in your username and password)
Also, if there is a way to create a new account with cmd.exe (i'm pretty sure there is, but i don't think the account would show up in the login menu without setting it while logged in)
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11 Jan 2012   #9
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

If you are running cmd.exe from a CD you would need to switch to the windows partition/drive before you go to Windows\system32. If Windows is on your C: drive you type "cd /d c:\" without the quotes , then cd windows/system32
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12 Jan 2012   #10
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

If one keeps tinkering with the computer then I think a time comes when one has to begin ab-initio. This happens with me once a fortnight. Then I restore the latest image and it takes about 12 minutes on the outside to be up and running with almost everything on board.

That time has come to you now. Please re-install Windows 7 from scratch and start all over again. And please use a good back-up program to make a full true image of C Drive so that you don't get into such predicaments again.

There is a geeky friend of mine who however holds an opposite view. He says that it is more fun learning the hard way by repairing a problem by tinkering some more instead of retreating by restoring an image like a coward as I do.
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