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Windows 7: Password Issue

19 Jan 2015   #1
zombieprophet

Utah
 
 
Password Issue

I recently changed the password for my account. Now I cant remember what I changed it to.

A couple of problems that I have are;
-I am the administrator for this computer, as I am the only user.
-I do not have a backup disc, reset disc, or whatever else it was that I needed.

It is worth noting a couple of things;
I recently did a backup to an external HDD.
I also have access to this account via a fingerprint scanner.

Knowing this information, can anyone tell me if there is a way to reset my password so that I dont have to rely on the fingerprint?

If I have a Windows 7 disc, is it possible for me to reinstall over the top of my existing files and not have to worry about losing everything?
Or can I reinstall the windows 7 platform and then use the backup from my external HDD and have a cleared password???

Thanks in advance


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19 Jan 2015   #2
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi welcome to the forum

are you able to log on using the finger print scanner? if so then you should be able to change the password.
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19 Jan 2015   #3
zombieprophet

Utah
 
 

Yes, I can get on that way. However, when trying to change my password, it asks for my current password
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19 Jan 2015   #4
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

one option would be to create a new account and move your files to the new account.
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19 Jan 2015   #5
zombieprophet

Utah
 
 

I'd prefer not to go that route...
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19 Jan 2015   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Wow, you didn`t write it down

Not something you can easily remember ?

Did you make a backup or create a disk image to this external drive, if you created a disk image, you can just use that to restore windows.

Yes, with a Windows 7 install dvd, you can just re install windows.

A password on a non work pc is useless, anyone could get into it with Linux.
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19 Jan 2015   #7
zombieprophet

Utah
 
 

I thought I did somethino simple, so didn't write it down.
oops

Yes, I did a system backup on the 13th. However, I'm not sure that restranged to that backup will revert the password???
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19 Jan 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It will, it`s a completely different image.

restranged ?
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19 Jan 2015   #9
funniba

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Use a program called syslinux to reset the password..
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19 Jan 2015   #10
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

ZombieProphet, if you can login to the account which is an administrator, you can fire up an elevated command prompt and enter:
Code:
net user "UserNameHere" ""
This resets your password to nothing.
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