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Windows 7: Forgotten Password Workaround?

10 Mar 2009   #1

Windows 7 (Build 7000)
Forgotten Password Workaround?

Hi All

Decided to change my pword before the weekend to keep it safe from smaller hands and then went away for three days. On returning, I brought my PC back from hibernate/standby and did so continuously till today, where I shut it down. Problem is I have NO clue what i set that password as, and I'm pretty sure I left a hint but it doesnt seem to be showing up, so maybe i failed on that one

So does anyone know any workarounds? maybe a bootable third party app that kills the password like you would with a second account~? I've already tried using the MS Diagnostics and Recovery toolset but it refuses to recognise 7 as a valid OS for it and therefore will not let me use Locksmith. I only have the one account on the computer, so I cant resolve this through another Admin. Its probably worth noting I have also not made any changes to the status of the Administrator account, but Ive noticed it doesnt come up in Safe Mode anymore.

So please guys, any advice would help (Well, except use decent memorable passwords of course.)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Mar 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Mar 2009   #3

Windows 7 (Build 7000)

Thanks Shawn!

That worked a charm, im definitely gonna hang on to this disk its going to make my life alot easier.

Great forum btw - Wasn't previously aware of any significant communities of 7 users, ive been feeling very alone lol
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Mar 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

You're welcome Eimpiracha.

You are no longer alone here.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Mar 2009   #5

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Hello eimpiracha,

Welcome to the Forums.

Lots of helpful and knowledgable people around here. Enjoy your stay.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2009   #6

Windows 7

Hi Guys, Thanks for the info, but just to let you know my experience. Tried the boot cd and changed the admin account password. When I logged back in the account had disapeared completely. Just re-installing 7 now. Was kids pc and had only just installed it so not a great problem. Will be creating a restore cd this time.
Anyway keep up the good work guys,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit

Another workaround I can suggest is the ntpasswd bootable ISO.

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

It loads a small linux distro and lets you reset the password of any user to blank, change the password of any user and other useful things.

Tried in XP, VISTA and Windows 7 (all builds) , works fine.
It's a handy , fast tool which I always have with me, booting from my USB stick.
Plus, its free.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2010   #8

It worked!

Method Three worked like a charm. Thank you!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7
Recover Windows 7 Password

With method 3, do you lose the account and the files under the account?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Feb 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello NJ-User, and welcome to Seven Forums.

No, you do not lose your account. It only resets the password for it.

User Account - Reset Password in Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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