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Author Topic: Help Recovering Windows 7 password  (Read 338 times)

wraith808

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Help Recovering Windows 7 password
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:49 PM »
While I was overseas last year, my wife decided to put a password on her computer.  I didn't think when I got back to create a recovery disk or even to ask her what it was.  Now, it appears she's forgotten (I say appears because the reason it rebooted was because of a power failure, then it did a chkdsk).

Anyone have a way to recover it?  Or know some trusted software?

What I've done:
1. Tried to log in as a different user.  Admin is disabled, and I can't get to the command prompt to enable it.
2. Every recovery option is password protected
3. Even though I know one of the DVDs I have is for her machine, they all say they aren't, so I can't get to the command prompt that way.
4. I was going to try the stickykeys hack, but not being able to invoke the recovery options I can't get that to work.
5. Her image has the password in it, so I wasn't able to get in that way.

I found uukeys (https://www.uukeys.c...dows-7-password.html), but not sure if that is legit.

Thoughts?
« Last Edit: December 06, 2017, 10:05 PM by wraith808 »

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Re: Help Recovering Windows 7 password
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 05:27 AM »
I normally use Paragon Rescue Kit since I purchased it at one point, but Hirens should also work. Unless it's a Microsoft account password (the non-local variety), no guarantee there - haven't had to test that scenario.

Edit - I should clarify, the software doesn't recover the password, it blanks it out.
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Re: Help Recovering Windows 7 password
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 05:46 AM »
Hirens?

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Re: Help Recovering Windows 7 password
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 06:15 AM »
Hirens?

Hiren's BootCD, it has the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor on it.

If it's a 32bit version of Windows 7 you can also use Kon-Boot free version to log on and change it.

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Re: Help Recovering Windows 7 password
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 06:58 AM »
I've always used the Trinity Rescue Kit

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Re: Help Recovering Windows 7 password
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 07:23 AM »
Thanks for all of the hints!  Not under stress this morning, my wife remembered the password.  I immediately stored it in Lastpass and created a second account for recovery.  She said, "My hint for the password was pretty bad, huh?"