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    Default Password recorvery for Windows 7

    About 4 years ago we installed Windows 7 on another hard drive in my computer to see how Windows 7 would run on my desktop hardware (and see if there where any issues etc...).

    A few weeks back I thought I better try and see if I can boot back in to this copy of Windows 7 to see what state it’s in and also I could not remember if it was a preview copy etc…we installed

    But when I got to the login page, I could not remember my password!!

    And I also did not setup a forget password disk

    Is their any way I can reset/change the password??

    I am not worried if I cant get back in , but I just thought I would ask, before I get dad to take the drive out.

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    Default Re: Password recorvery for Windows 7

    Piece of cake - in fact its so easy its scary Done this a couple of times when I 've forgotten to take the right Bootable CD's to peoples place. ( oops)

    All you need is a W7 repair CD,and some command prompts

    Have a read of tutorial - reset Windows 7 password

    NOTE:
    When you read the article, have a look at the corresponding pictures, some of the commands the person forgot to put in the "\" in the command, but its shown in the pictures.
    Last edited by wainuitech; 09-07-2013 at 12:45 PM.

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    Default Re: Password recorvery for Windows 7

    This technique works on win 8, as well.

    Any boot disk that gives basic access/control of the file system will enable this 'trick', too, of course.

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    Default Re: Password recorvery for Windows 7

    I googled it when I had a similar problem and found a boot disk iso online with instructions on how to do it, was a little confusing but it took me 2 tries as a complete novice. It was not the same as this solution though which looks easier, it was a boot disk with a text based menu sytem.

    Waste of time too, the PC I had been given turned out to have a cracked copy of windows 7 on it so I ended up wiping it.
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