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Windows 7: How to SET Administrator Password???

31 Jul 2010   #1

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 
How to SET Administrator Password???

why is this such an obscure topic???

amazing what a Google search turns up for this: not much.

I do not need to 'break in' to Windows 7, I'm just wanting to setup/establish and Administrator password. Simple...

I read on one geek forum a Command-Line command that was supposed to do it and it failed and that has me mildly concerned that something got changed without my knowledge.... I ran "net user administrator password"
and what I got back was "command completed". huh? what was the password???
I expected to get two fields, enter a new password, check match, and go.

help

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31 Jul 2010   #2

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 

Can someone vouch for this answer: Lost administrator password on windows 7 any way around it?

I think what I may have done was changed/set the 'real Administrator' password to "password" !
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31 Jul 2010   #3

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31 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zapp22 View Post
Can someone vouch for this answer: Lost administrator password on windows 7 any way around it?

I think what I may have done was changed/set the 'real Administrator' password to "password" !
Administrator Account - Vista Forums
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31 Jul 2010   #6

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 

I don't THINK that is correct.
If the Administrator [root] account is inactive, it will not show, invalidating everything else in the article. I think.... but I could be wrong.

it turns out my hunch was correct. incredibly, one could very easily accidentally set a password and not know it. its that easy/insecure/unverified. If the Administrator is set to "active", then the command Net user administrator _________ [fill in the blank with password of your choosing] is all that is needed to change from password A to B.

awfully dicey and uncharacteristically insecure way to do this, but there it is.

zapp

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by merkat106 View Post
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31 Jul 2010   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zapp22 View Post
I don't THINK that is correct.
If the Administrator [root] account is inactive, it will not show, invalidating everything else in the article. I think.... but I could be wrong.

it turns out my hunch was correct. incredibly, one could very easily accidentally set a password and not know it. its that easy/insecure/unverified. If the Administrator is set to "active", then the command Net user administrator _________ [fill in the blank with password of your choosing] is all that is needed to change from password A to B.

awfully dicey and uncharacteristically insecure way to do this, but there it is.

zapp

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by merkat106 View Post
You would need the A password first, to change to B.
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31 Jul 2010   #8
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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31 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

THIS IS HOW YOU ENABLE AND SET A PASSWORD FOR ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT!!!!
I just figured this out, I did not see this anywhere that I can remember...
Control Panel
System and Security
Administrative Tools
Local Security Policy
Local Policies
Security Options
right click on "Accounts: Administrator account status"->properties->click enabled
then go to user accounts in control panel
Manage Accounts
Change an Account
administrator will now show up and give the option of setting a password

*** I actually went through these steps on one of my computers, so I know it works.

OR CLICK HERE:
http://sites.google.com/site/bluespr...r-account-in-7
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31 Jul 2010   #10

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 
Nope.

Nope.
that's part of my point. no checks or balances or verifications or matches or any of that stuff. Command line just drives it through. Done like dinner.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post


You would need the A password first, to change to B.
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