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    Default How to login if you have lost the Windows password

    How can you log in if you have lost the password of your Windows PC ?

    Use your installation-disk to boot to WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment).
    Click on the Command Prompt option.

    Type the following commands and press enter after each one:
    Code:
    
    C:
    CD Windows\system32
    ren cmd.exe cmd.old
    ren magnify.exe cmd.exe
    ren cmd.old magnify.exe
    Reboot.
    Click on Easy of Access Center (in the left corner) and select the Magnify option.
    Press OK.
    A Command prompt opens up.

    Type: net user administrator /active:yes and press enter.
    Reboot.
    Logon on to the "Administrator" account, go to Control Panel User Accounts, and add a new password.

    Type Magnify.exe in Start Menu search box and press enter and open it.
    A Command prompt opens up.

    Type: net user administrator /active:no and press enter.
    Restart the computer.

    Boot to winRE again, and click on the Command Prompt option.
    Type the following commands and press enter after each one:
    Code:
    C:
    CD Windows\system32
    ren magnify.exe cmd.old
    ren cmd.exe magnify.exe
    ren cmd.old cmd.exe
    exit
    Reboot.

    Tip:
    Create a bootable USB-memory with fx. WINDOWS-USB-DVD-DOWNLOAD-TOOL
    Direct-download: Windows USB/DVD Download Tool - Download Release File

    Create 2 bat-files.
    Copy them to the USB-memory.

    P1

    Code:
    C:
    CD Windows\system32
    ren cmd.exe cmd.old
    ren magnify.exe cmd.exe
    ren cmd.old magnify.exe
    P2
    Code:
    C:
    CD Windows\system32
    ren magnify.exe cmd.old
    ren cmd.exe magnify.exe
    ren cmd.old cmd.exe
    exit
    Next time you need to reset the password on a computer you can boot from the USB-memory,
    and run those bat-files instead of typing the commands....


    Note: this works on W7.
    I donīt have W8, W8.1 or W10 installed, so i can not verify that this also works on those operating systems.
    Last edited by hackerman1; 12th May 2016 at 11:43. Reason: Title
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