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Windows 7: Administrator needs to track user passwords


18 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by encantar View Post
I am the administrator for a home network. I don't need to reset user passwords at this time. Is there a way for me to simply find out what the user passwords are?
@encantar, The problem with your request is that this sounds extremely fishy. If you are the Admin of a home network then you have the power to reset passwords and if you need to know them you can ask your family for them, or you can set them to something only you and they (each person) know and lock it so they cannot change the password.

On the other hand if you are trying to get us to tell you how to hack passwords you will get no help here. We don’t provide support for illegal or unscrupulous actions.

If you have a completely legit reason please post a lot more information and I am sure we can figure something out. -WS
Excellent answer.


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19 Aug 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

By the use of the group policy editor it should be possible to set the password to blank, password never expires, and user cannot change password - which should give what you require, GPedit is of course only available in Pro or Ultimate.

Personally I would actually embrace the password use as It is the norm in professional systems and is good policy to become used to the norm. Also in most family situations the use of a password scheme prevents a lot of "who changed my computer" arguments, an administrator of any system has enough to do without making work. If the users are young this is especially true
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19 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
By the use of the group policy editor it should be possible to set the password to blank, password never expires, and user cannot change password - which should give what you require, GPedit is of course only available in Pro or Ultimate.

Personally I would actually embrace the password use as It is the norm in professional systems and is good policy to become used to the norm. Also in most family situations the use of a password scheme prevents a lot of "who changed my computer" arguments, an administrator of any system has enough to do without making work. If the users are young this is especially true
Excellent Post! Thank you.
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19 Aug 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
By the use of the group policy editor it should be possible to set the password to blank, password never expires, and user cannot change password - which should give what you require, GPedit is of course only available in Pro or Ultimate.

Personally I would actually embrace the password use as It is the norm in professional systems and is good policy to become used to the norm. Also in most family situations the use of a password scheme prevents a lot of "who changed my computer" arguments, an administrator of any system has enough to do without making work. If the users are young this is especially true
Great Post Nigel. That is some argument that happens very often
I too recommend password just make sure you rite it down in a safe place where only you have access too. It's good to follow strong password etiquette.
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