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Windows 7: Removed HDD - Forgot the password for the windows install - need help

17 Aug 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Removed HDD - Forgot the password for the windows install - need help


I pulled my old laptop out after about six months of not using it and tried to log on but have forgotten the user name and password.

I removed the hard drive thinking I could hook it up to my desktop and remove the password
from the SAM file under /system32 but can't make any sense of it.

Is there a way to allow me to reset the account so I can still keep everything on the hard drive as it was?

Any suggestions would be nice.


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18 Aug 2015   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

I would use option 5 from this tutorial:
User Account - Reset Password in Windows 7
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