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Windows 7: User Account Password - Change from WinRE

17 May 2014   #50
genekanze

windows 7 professional 32 bit
 
 

Great articles. Works well on windows 7 home premium but not on windows 7 professional. The ren ..... does not work and will still open the narrator when you restart the system. Any solution for windows 7 professional ?


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17 May 2014   #51
RickL1

Windows 7 Home 32bit
 
 

Hello genekanze,
I recently ran into this situation too, although working toward a slightly different end. To solve the problem you describe just boot to an operating system that can work with the filesystem on your computer. Most likely your filesystem will be NTFS. I like Knoppix as "the other" operating system, and is what I had available as a bootable "Live CD". After using Knoppix to do the ren and copy commands then I went back to the tutorial instructions. To use Knoppix, or a similar UNIX based operating system, you do need a bit of familiarity with that operating system.
Rick
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18 Sep 2014   #52
princexyryl

Windows 7
 
 

before I can go to RECOVERY OPTIONS and select COMMAND PROMT,,.... I HAVE TO """Select your user name and type in the password, and then click on OK."""

but I forgot my password right????
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18 Sep 2014   #53
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by princexyryl View Post
before I can go to RECOVERY OPTIONS and select COMMAND PROMT,,.... I HAVE TO """Select your user name and type in the password, and then click on OK."""

but I forgot my password right????
Hello princexyryl,

If you boot directly from your retail Windows installation media to get to recovery options, then you will not need to enter your password.
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17 Apr 2015   #54
sjeccles

Windows 7 Enterprise N (64-bit)
 
 

Excellent fix. Works perfectly (plus the CMD <-> Magnify rename is a very satisfying hack :-)). Thanks, Dinesh.
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23 Apr 2015   #55
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Glad to know it helped
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23 Apr 2015   #56
Zyre

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

I get to step 3 and can't go further. Command prompt window shows "X:\System32". I type "C:" and it gives me C:>, but the entire directory is empty! I type C:\ DIR, to verify and yes, it's empty. So I go back to "X:\System32" and rename the cmd.exe file, fine. However, there's no magnify.exe

Please advise.
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23 Apr 2015   #57
Zyre

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Strike that, I figured it out. Before you get to the screen showing your options, it searches for previous versions of installed windows. Note the drive letter ( in my case, drive D: ).

Once I was in the command prompt, of course it showed X:\Windows\System32. Even if I did a CD D:, it would go right back to X:.

No problem, all I did was add the full drive and path before the recommended commands, and all worked. So here's what my commands looked like:

  • ren D:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe cmd.old
  • ren D:\Windows\System32\magnify.exe cmd.exe
  • ren D:\Windows\System32\cmd.old magnify.exe
Everything worked great.
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02 Jun 2015   #58
jumbovideo

Ontario
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zyre View Post
Strike that, I figured it out. Before you get to the screen showing your options, it searches for previous versions of installed windows. Note the drive letter ( in my case, drive D: ).

Once I was in the command prompt, of course it showed X:\Windows\System32. Even if I did a CD D:, it would go right back to X:.

No problem, all I did was add the full drive and path before the recommended commands, and all worked. So here's what my commands looked like:

  • ren D:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe cmd.old
  • ren D:\Windows\System32\magnify.exe cmd.exe
  • ren D:\Windows\System32\cmd.old magnify.exe
Everything worked great.
That's so awesome, I had troubles using the codes from this guide until i saw your post and gave it a try. And it worked!! Thanks man! You saved my life : )
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10 Jul 2015   #59
gzt7d8

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

I'm using a method similar to this to change a forgotten password in Vista. It looks like Win 7 and Vista are similar but I got to the point where I could launch the cmd prompt and was going to use the net user command to setup a temporary password to get into the account.

The problem I ran into is the username, as it is stored in the OS, is different than the full name. So my question is what would the stored name be for a full name, say Mut & Jeff? Does Windows 7/Vista only store the first 4 positions, and so in this case the username would be Mut? Or is it a different variation?

I tried with and without spaces, used a underscore where the spaces were located.

Thanks,
Greg
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