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How to Reset Your Forgotten Windows Password the Easy Way

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Name: How to Reset Your Forgotten Windows Password the Easy Way
Submitter: NickTheGreek
Category: Windows Tutorials
Submitted: 3 Nov 2011
Updated: 3 Nov 2011
Views: 228
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How to Reset Your Forgotten Windows Password the Easy Way
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Forgetting your password is never any fun, but luckily there¢s a really easy way to reset the password. All you need is a copy of the Windows installation disk and one simple command line trick.
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Resetting Your Forgotten Windows Password


Boot off the Windows disk and select the “Repair your computer” option from the lower left-hand corner.





Follow through until you get to the option to open the Command Prompt, which you¢ll want to select.






First you¢ll want to type in the following command to backup the original sticky keys file:
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copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\



Then you¢ll copy the command prompt executable (cmd.exe) over top of the sticky keys executable:
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copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe






Now you can reboot the PC.
Resetting the Password



Once you get to the login screen, hit the Shift key 5 times, and you¢ll see an administrator mode command prompt.





Now to reset the password—just type the following command, replacing the username and password with the combination you want:
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net user geek MyNewPassword






That¢s all there is to it. Now you can login.


Of course, you¢ll probably want to put the original sethc.exe file back, which you can do by rebooting into the installation CD, opening the command prompt, and copying the c:\sethc.exe file back to c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe.

Source: http://www.howtogeek.com/96630/how-to-reset-your-forgotten-windows-password-the-easy-way/
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