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 Post subject: Recover Win7's Administrator password
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:05 am 
Willamette
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Is there any way to recover the Administrator password in Windows 7?

I have a PC at work where the person set the Admin password a while back, and can't remember it now. Additionally, there are no other admin-level accounts on the computer. So, the only account we can get into is a standard user account.

I told him that at worse case, I have to re-image his drive back to an earlier state, but would cause data loss (or he'd have to backup and then restore his data).

So I'm just looking for ideas before I reset to completely re-doing his computer.
(I know there are many apps, but I get concerned with security with some of them, so what have people tried and used?) We're using Win7 Pro 64-bit (and this computer is NOT part of a domain).


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 Post subject: Re: Recover Win7's Administrator password
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:25 am 
Smithfield
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If it's to access files, just run Linux with an NTFS driver. Linux doesn't honor the ACLs set in Windows.

There are some other methods, but they required some foresight to set them up beforehand.


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 Post subject: Re: Recover Win7's Administrator password
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:28 pm 
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Try Offline NT Password. That should let do what you need.


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