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--- Quote from: Electro Detective on July 22, 2019, 10:15:05 am ---Call a few computer repairers in your area and tell them what happened

Take your mum along with the PC to show you're legit, otherwise they may think you're a thief

If they are real computer repairers, they'll have you out the door in 10 minutes  :clap:

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Thanks,i asked my mother and she still has the shopping order for this computer.

I hardly ever hear of anyone being able to retrieve a lost password,maybe what OP is saying is how to reset the password.
A lot of people should know about them, as they are free tools of Windows password recovery.
On the other hand,if the lost password is too long or involves special symbols,i really don't think it's a good idea to recover them.

The whole idea of proper passwords is they cannot be recovered. A password should never be saved - only a hash of a password, and you cannot recover a password from a password hash. If you can recover a password in anything, then that program or OS is not properly implemented.

You want to reset a password. Resetting the password in Windows is pretty easy. You just need a bootable linux on a CD or USB stick.

You just use a trick - replace one of the programs that can be run at the login screen with cmd.exe. Then when you have a cmd.exe window, you can reset the password.

In detail, once you have booted into linux, and have mounted the C: drive in Read-Write mode,

Change to the Windows/System32 folder.
rename ultiman.exe to a temporary name (mv Utliman.exe Utilman.exe.bak)
Copy cmd.exe to Utilman.exe (cp cmd.exe Utilman.exe)

Now reboot windows. At the login screen, click on the Accessibility button (Utilman). A command window pops up running in Administrator mode.
Reset the user's password:

net user Joe newpassword 
     (where newpassword is Joe's new password)

If you do not know the users on the PC, type "net user" for a list.

To make a new user, JoeAdmin in the Administrators group:

net user JoeAdmin newpassword /add
net localgroup Administrators JoeAdmin /add

Now you can login. In an Administrator's command window, you can undo the Utilman program changes

Cd \Windows\System32
del Ultiman.exe
ren Utilman.exe.bak Utilman.exe


--- Quote from: amspire on September 15, 2019, 09:34:41 am ---The whole idea of proper passwords is they cannot be recovered...

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The need has never come up but thanks for the procedure.  Very clever!

Many years ago I've used Kon-boot for exactly this problem, seems it's still developed.


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