Reset Forgotten Windows 7/8/10 Admin Account Password.

Reset Forgotten Windows 7/8/10 Admin Account Password.

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  • Any Linux Live CD/DVD/USB with Live option (ex. Ubuntu Live, Linux Live, Kali, etc.).
  • Ability to use said Linux CD/DVD/USB.
  • Basic understanding of Windows file structure. i.e. can navigate.

Step 1: Boot Some Flavour of Linux Live CD

Insert CD/DVD into drive and reboot the machine. Start your Live DVD. You may need to go into the BIOS screen and change the boot-up order to CD/DVD drive first, HDD second.

Step 2: Navigate to Sys32

Use the file browser in your Linux environment, navigate to %windir%/system32/. You may have to right-click and mount the Windows partition/drive first or use the NTFS-3G command.

Step 3: Rename Magnify.exe

Find and rename Magnify.exe (Magnifier file) to Magnify.old.

Step 4: Rename cmd.exe

Find and rename cmd.exe to Magnify.exe.

Step 5: Shut Down Linux & Reboot Windows

Logout, remove DVD, and reboot into Windows.

Step 6: Get CMD Prompt Modify Accounts

When Windows reboots, click on the ease of access button in the bottom left corner.

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Click magnify and hit apply. Then You have a system level command prompt. At this point is where we will only change the Admin password.

Tip: You can right-click on cmd.exe and click run as administrator inside of Windows for escalated privileges. To edit files, it would never be allowed at basic admin level (caution).

Change password command:
net user username new_password.

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Step 7: Revert back the changes, Reboot Linux & Fix magnfiy.exe

Now you should insert your Linux Live CD/DVD and rename the files back to original names or you will have issues later.

  1. Repeat Step 1
  2. Repeat Step 2
  3. Rename magnify.exe back to cmd.exe
  4. Rename magnify.old back to magnify.exe
  5. Log out, take out CD/DVD USB, reboot into Windows

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