I was dismayed today as I tried to recall how to get around lost/botched Password in Windows 7, because not just here but around other pretty good websites, with actual Microsoft Employees offering answers, the answers are just WRONG... or they would be right, except for the original problem.
The user CAN'T login. I must have counted 8 or so posts that sounded so reasonable, where the first step of advice was something like "Boot into Safe Mode". Huh? Am I missing some secret keystroke that allows you to bootup and LOGIN under Safe Mode sans password [the one that was forgotten/lost/botched... THAT one].
So, the only way I have hope of steering someone around this issue is by using the "offline console" which several here [blessedly] recommended, right? Offline NT pw & reg-editor, bootdisk
The only other hope, and its a pretty good one, is that the retail buyer/user started using their shiny new machine right away, and never thought to set a password until much later... so there is a sliver of hope that there is an old restore point that dates back to inception. Right?
just tryin' to learn here and avoid bum steers....