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Windows 7: Cannot sign into my own account, need to recover data

04 Sep 2016   #1

Win10 64 Enterprise
Cannot sign into my own account, need to recover data

Quick backstory, I was having game crashes, was told maybe changing a setting in xbox app would help, so i made a burner account (irrecoverable email and password) to quickly change settings, not realizing that my computer would now become a 'microsoft account' instead of local -.-.

So now I have no way of recovering the login info, and I cannot access my account with all of my work data that I didn't have backed up.

In order to even access my computer, I booted an ISO image, and used command prompt to create a new admin account and that's what I'm currently using.

I just want get control of the user again, but I can't seem to figure out how to hard reset the password without going through the site or whatever (which I can't because both the email and pw are long gone).

First off, I would just like to say that I'm incredibly disappointed that Microsoft has this little awareness (although I'm not surprised), taking complete control away from the user like this without asking. Also trying their ass off in every update to revert privacy changes and reinstall things that I have specifically uninstalled, including all of their retarded apps and what not. I'll stop there, but I could go on and on.

Anyway, embarrassments aside, please help.

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04 Sep 2016   #2

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04 Sep 2016   #3

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
You should still be able to use this to recover your personal files
Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer

As you found out a few things
You can't really access xbox unless you're using a micro... account same goes with many other built in apps

Lastly a lack of system images before making changes is a bad idea.
It's really very easy these days too,
Imaging with free Macrium

Well not sure if you were forced into 10 or not but it is a lot easier to clean install win-7 now days
Just let us know after recovering your personal files and we can help you out doing so.
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