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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 15:21

How to reset a forgotten Windows 8 account password

If you buy a computer or are working a computer with windows 8 you might find it harder to do simple tasks because of the UEFI. Today I got a computer in my office where all off the sudden he could not log onto his Windows 8 account, he must have somehow changed the windows 8 logon password and had no idea what the new password was.

Because of the UEFI bios, a lot of the bootable utilities I would use to reset the password couldn’t see the hard drive, including bartpe. The bios also had very little settings.

Upon looking online there was a neat little password reset hack for Windows 8
  • Boot off a Windows 8 DVD / USB
  • Select Repair Your Computer
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Select Troubleshoot – refresh or reset your pc or use advanced tools

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Select Advanced options

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Select command prompt

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Once the command prompt appears navigate to the c:\windows\system32

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  • Rename utilman.exe to anything else (ren utilman.exe utilman2.exe)
  • Rename cmd.exe to utilman.exe (ren cmd.exe utilman.exe)
  • Now restart the computer.
Once inside windows at the password box, click the little icon in the bottom left of your screen. At this point a command prompt will open up. At the command prompt type

Net user (Then your username) *

Make sure there is a space between your username and the *. Then press enter. It will now ask you to enter a new password for your account. You have to type it twice.
That’s it! You should now be able to access the account again! Once you are back into your account you will want to go back to c:\windows\system32 and rename those files back to what they should be.


#2 Fish

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 17:59

Excellent. Should be stickied (Y)

#3 Dot Matrix

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 18:03

Easiest thing to do would be to change it using another machine, and going to live.com

#4 Jose_49

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 18:07

Easiest thing to do would be to change it using another machine, and going to live.com

Although I agree, There are circumstances like: no Internet connection, and/or the account being a local one not a Microsoft's, which makes this method the only one available...

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:44

You can change anyone's password only knowing their username?? Seems like a security flaw to me :| Of course you need physical access and a DVD/USB but that's not hard.



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 05:06

You can change anyone's password only knowing their username?? Seems like a security flaw to me :| Of course you need physical access and a DVD/USB but that's not hard.

 

You should see how easy it is on previous version of windows using a password reset CD. Takes about 30 seconds to nuke anyone password.



#7 Gerowen

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 03:59

Just out of curiosity, does anybody know if the Linux program chntpw works on Windows 8?  I've used it on my Ubuntu computer to change Windows passwords on XP, Vista, and 7, but haven't had a need to try it on Windows 8 yet.



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 04:18

I use KonBoot, then you don't need to reset password.

http://www.piotrbani...m/all/kon-boot/

You also get access to CMD prompt from login page without editing files.

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 08:27

2nd the sticky!!! Thank you warwagon!!!



#10 T3X4S

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 08:51

Great ProTip Warwagon

In the past, Konboot, or Lazesoft's PW Reset, NT Offline, even Ophcrack made Windows passwords easy to get past.

One question:

Since most people log into their Win8 machine via an online-type account - does this still get them access to that account, or does it boot them in some type of dummy account ?

Basically, when the PW is reset, then they log in, is it the exact same environmnet (user account) as before ?

 



#11 Intersect

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 11:43

Great ProTip Warwagon

In the past, Konboot, or Lazesoft's PW Reset, NT Offline, even Ophcrack made Windows passwords easy to get past.

One question:

Since most people log into their Win8 machine via an online-type account - does this still get them access to that account, or does it boot them in some type of dummy account ?

Basically, when the PW is reset, then they log in, is it the exact same environmnet (user account) as before ?

 

it just resets the "microsoft" account logon status to a "local account" the last time i used this method I was unable to logon to the system and could only create a new local account to carry out repairs via the MDOP msdart tools. the system was set up with encryption and a TPM chip so the outcome might be different for different setups



#12 T3X4S

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 12:24

it just resets the "microsoft" account logon status to a "local account" the last time i used this method I was unable to logon to the system and could only create a new local account to carry out repairs via the MDOP msdart tools. the system was set up with encryption and a TPM chip so the outcome might be different for different setups

OK, I was kinda thinking things would be different since the logon process is completely different than ones in previous OS - I havent messed with 8.1 personally, and know nothing - I still help friends with their computer problems, but I will be out of a hobby soon since I dont have any modern Kung foo- need to go back to playing golf -