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How to Recover Windows 7 Admin Password with Recovery Disc

Q: How to Recover Windows 7 Admin Password with Recovery Disc

If you know much about recovery disc, I think you will know recovery disc is the best choice for Windows 7 admin password reset besides another administrator. The recovery disc includes password reset disk and system recovery disc. Password reset disk is easy to create before Windows 7 locked. While if you want to create password reset disk after you couldn?t log on to Windows 7, you have to ask for help from third-party software. For example, Windows Password Genius is conceivable option. System recovery disc can be instead of installation disc, if you have back up your Windows 7 Home Premium. But if you have not done that, it doesn?t matter. System recovery disc also could be created after you are unable to boot your Windows 7, as long as you find a computer with same Windows operational system. You have to create system recovery disc on it. For example, 64-bit System Repair Disc can only be created on a 64-bit Windows 7. You can check the properties about computer through Control Panel ? System and Security ? System, or right click the Computer and choose Properties. Now let?s see how recovery disc reset Windows 7 Home Premium admin password.1. Password reset disk reset Windows 7 admin password2. System recovery disc reset Windows 7 admin password 1. Password Reset Disk Reset Windows 7 Admin Password There are two cases you should consider, because password reset disk comes from two ways and is created in two periods. So when you use password reset disk, you have to take different password recovery method. Case 1: With password reset disk created before Windows 7 locked, how should you do? On the your Windows 7 logon screen, when you type incorrect password and press Enter, there will be a message ?Reset password? prompts you below the password input box.Click it and follow reset password wizard, you will successfully reset Windows 7 lost or forgotten password. Case 2: If you can only use password reset disk created with Windows Password Genius, how should you do then? First, insert password reset disk into your locked Windows 7 computer, USB or CD/DVD, and set your computer boot from USB or CD/DVD.Set your computer boot from USB, refer to how to set computer boot from USB;Set your computer boot from CD/DVD, turn to how to set computer boot from CD/DVDSecond, after Windows 7 boot from reset disk and Windows Password Genius program runs, choose account and click Reset password. And then Windows 7 password will be removed.2. System Recovery Disc Reset Windows 7 Admin Password Believe that many people have ever used installation CD to restore Windows, including restore Windows account and password to early point. However, how to use system recovery disc to reset Windows 7 admin password? Step 1: Set Windows 7 boot from system recovery disc, if you recovery disc is stored in CD, and you have set your Windows 7 boot from CD. Step 2: Select language, time and keyboard preferences and click next, then select ?Repair you computer?, then it?ll do some searching then choose ?System Restore?. Step 3: Select and make sure restore point after you are sure everything is OK and click next then finish. Step 4: In ?Confirm your Restore Point? window, click finish then yes to next window, and then you will need to restart computer to complete system restore process. Step 5: When your Windows 7 PC restarts, you can use the password available for restore point that you went back to. When you see ?System Restore Completed Successfully?, just click close to end system restore. Maybe you lose some information data or programs during system restore, but you still reset Windows 7 admin password back to early point. Source:

A: How to Recover Windows 7 Admin Password with Recovery Disc

Thanks for this article, it is informative and I also find out the other ways to recover Windows 7 admin password with recovery disc instantly. It is to make use of the sade mofe, admin account, password prompt and so on. In that topic we can know the SmartKey Windows Password Recovery is also a good tool for us. It is really another smart Windows 7 password key and it also supports Windows 8.1, 8,XP and Vista. You can't miss it.

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Hi all,
I'm having a bit of difficulty with something. I have two accounts on my computer, a Admin and a local user account under my name. I have forgotten the password that I put on the admin account and now I need to download Microsoft Office and it is not allowing me to do so because it requires that I have administrator privileges.

So I need to clear out the password, or make my standard user account an administrator account.

Can someone help me? Thanks!

A:Recover/Clear Windows 7 Admin Password

Welcome to SF!

While password hacking techniques will not be discussed here, there are other things to try.

Reboot the computer into safe mode, and log into the built-in administrator account. Then change the password for your admin account.

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I wondered whether anyone could help. I have lost the parental admin password for my daughter's laptop, silly I know. Is there anyway of changing it as I have completely forgotten it and there is no access to internet on the laptop. It is a samsung windows 7 starter 2009 service pack 1 32 OS.
Many Thanks   

A:lost windows 7 admin password how to recover

Look into the utilman.exe trick.
Best answer Ive found is this one (says Windows Server, but it works on all modern Windows):

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I recently ran a System Repair on my XP Console and it booted up to an lsass.exe error sO i went straight to the Reocvery Console;. but now it asks for an Adminstrator Password, which i never set. I can't get into regedit and i've tried all the obvious passwords. Any help? I had this situation earlier but when the lsass.exe error popped up, I could hit F10 for cmd to start regedit during the system repair. Now it freezes on a black screen at high res beFORE the system repair blue screen.

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Help! A techie friend set up my son's mini notebook which has Windows 7. I failed to write down my Admin password, so now I cannot add software, etc. Can someone please give me an easy way to fix this problem. I did read some other threads and tried to restart the computer, press F8 and proceed in safe mode but it did nothing.

A:recover admin password

google will show you there are ways to change the admin password even without knowing the original one by using certain linux live cds setup to do just this thing.

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Have lost admin pass word on Win 7 laptop and I'm unable to access computer as administrator.
Have tried system restore and some of the other suggestions posted here and the Acer machine does not have a CD/DVD drive.

Ask if you need more info.


A:Lost admin password need to recover

Hiya pal and welcome to the forums.... not a good idea to post your email address

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My problem is rather extensive, so I'll just start from the beggining:

I have a Toshiba laptop (P4 2.5 Ghz, 1GB RAM, XPPro/RedHat9) and I, naivelly, installed WindowsXP all's going well till I have to restart my PC, when I do that, the computer get's stuck in a interminable boot loop. Damn. So I do some googling and find out how to remove SP2 (booting from XP CD..recovery console etc) However, when I'm on the verge of beeng able to remove SP2, the console asks me for some Administrator password....which I, naturally, don't have. There shouldn't even be a password, since I recently reinstalled windows an didn't set any password' I'm stuck here :(

Is there any way I might be able to remove/recover the Admin pass or just get past this point and never be asked for the password?

p.s: will not boot into safe mode either...same boot loop problem
p.p.s: Also, this notebook doesn't have a diskette thers no going that way.

Many thanks ;)

A:Recover/Delete Admin Password


Give one of these two a try:

link removed, read the forum rules

Although I have never lost a password like this, I am told that here is another way to do that:

If using administrator account? if not at the log in screen press ctrl + alt + del then let go of the del button while still holding the two then hit the del button again... the log in screen will now change and use the administrator account to log in... when u successfully log in configure the account at the control panel > user account... good luck!

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I realize that this is a delicate topic but, I have & own WinXP home Edition as delivered on an E-systems machine (> than 1 year old.). E-systems recovery only allows restore to factory hard-disk setup destroying all my installation.

Specifically, who do I (specifically) phone to discuss and reset my WinXP Administrator's password?
E-systems ?
Microsoft ?

A:Who to contact: reset-recover Admin Password

You shouldn't need to by default the xp admin password is blank.

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Not that computer savvy but can get some help to do it.
Would like to create a restore drive, cd, dvd, etc .in case this machine gets corrupted severely and would need the drive wiped clean.
How to find out how large of a hard drive , or thumb drive to get,
How to do it.
Does it save all the files and favorites places.

A:recover, create recovery disc or hard drive

I think what you are looking for is a full backup of your computer in case something goes wrong.
Is this what you want to do?

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had flashing screen from icloud. i have windows 10. accessed laptop with pin code not password, then when i was in there somehow turned off networking or internet, now i have no way to change admin password with Microsoft and get my computer to recognize the change. The admin acct is the only acct on the computer. I cannot do ANYTHING without the admin password, I have tried to restore, which I don't want to do, but it wants password. completely locked out...I have no recovery disc/usb, made one and computer wont read it. .does anyone know how to fix this, message edited by rbd2011

A:How to bypass admin password no boot disc or internet

See the following:

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Sitting here in class and our professor was telling us admin it disabled by default in Vista/W7 now for security reasons. I mentioned you can access it from a command prompt based program that comes in a bootable iso format you burn on disc.

I can not for the life of me remember what the name of that program was but a couple years ago I was working on a Win Vista system that got a virus that locked out the user by changing the user account passwords.

We Googled, found this program you burn on a CD and it brings up a menu that will allow you to reset the user account password, or log into the admin account.

Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Trying to find the name of it. Can't seem to find it now.

A:Bootable disc to access Vista/W7 Admin account or reset password.

Security hack discussions are not allowed on the forum.

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I have XP Pro with all updates lately it has problems starting and often it has the Title bar at the bottom blacked out so I have to try to start by pressing reset but it's still a problem.


(1) Using the SFC /scannow program to check files and locations - Hasn't improved situation.

(2) Have tried booting from Windows XP Pro CD - Press any key > F2 > Windows Set-up > Loads files > Start Windows.

(3) Repair Windows > Press R > Tries to Log-on and asks for Admin Password.

I don't recall ever using/designating an Admin Password...Is it likely to be a generic Password?? - I've tried 'Admin' and a couple of other Passwords that I regularly use but NO-GO.

So now I'm here asking...Begging if you like for some help:-(

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

A:Win XP pro recovery admin password??

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Hi folks,

I have a problem that i can't log in my computer because i don't remember the password. What kind of software can recovery my password ? i have try some bootable software but it seem can't find MS SAM database, i believe since last update from MS i have installed syskey in to it( i may wrong), but anyway, how do i log in to my computer without format the C drive ? thanks.

A:How do i recovery my admin password from XP ?

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i need some assistance on how to get into the only admin account cause the password has been forgotten. I'm using windows vista home premium and its an Acer laptop

A:lost admin password recovery

Welcome Sinnerboy,

Sorry, but the news is not good. Here is a summary of what you can try.

If security were not good, the password would be meaningless. This is what I found.

Forgot Password - I Forgot My Windows Vista Password - Is There A Way To Find My Lost Password

We have this possible remedy from our tutorial selection. Try method 3
Reset User Account Password

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I got a new computer and made an admin account and a standard one.
I forgot the password to the admin account and need a way to reset or recover it.
The standard account is still accessible and it's limited features are still functional.
If you have any idea how to rectify this, please tell me how.
Thank you

A:Admin Password reset/recovery

Sorry but the Terms of Service at BC do not allow discussion of such topics.

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I am trying to do a windows xp repair installation and it is asking for an administrator password. The person who owns the computer and who set it up said she never had a password.

Is there a way around this?

I can not get to a dos prompt. If I try to boot off the hard drive I get NTLDR missing. If I boot from the OS cd I get sent to the installation & setup routine.

She has not backed up her data so I don't want to risk losing it. Suggestions?

A tech replaced her motherboard recently, she was able to use it for a few days before it started powering down again. Dell sent a replacement fan and I replaced it. She had been getting the NTLDR message before bringing the machine to me, so it's not something I caused. It also isn't likely the other repair tech didn't connect something because it worked for her for a few days after he was in there. (It's a laptop so I'm not eager to rip it apart if I don't have to).

Thanks for suggestions.

A:XP Recovery Admin Password Help Needed

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Hello All, I would like to know how can i remove my BIOS Administrator password, as far as i know i have never saved a password for BIOS ADMIN, but whenever i try to go to bios admin it asks for password that i do not know now. I need to make some changes, so how do i access bios setup now. when i enter 3 wrong passwords, it gives error system disabled and a number written below 66276313(somthing like that) Can anyone please guide me? have tried ho bios flash as well. Thanks in advance experts. Regards,Yousaf

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A:BIOS Admin password recovery.

Hi Try : 79640917

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i have a friend using win2000 pro who can't access the default admin account, and there are no other admin accounts on the comp.
another friend she was told the following to delete the default password, i'm just checking this info is accurate, thanks.

"Did you keep your root partition/drive as a FAT32/16 area? If you did the solution is easy. Get any Windows9x boot disk and boot up to it, then CD to X:\WINNT\system32\config and delete SAM (no extension), SAM.SAV, and SAM.LOG. The SAM without an extension is actually an exe file. Those three files control the usernames and passwords. Delete them, reboot, and there will be NO admin password to worry about. Recreate users as before and this time keep the admin password"

A:default admin password recovery

Try just pressing Enter when prompted for the password. If no password has been set you will (or should) be set to go.

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I did a clean install of XP pro and am the sole user with a user account password. Upon installing the recovery console it asks me for the administrator's password. When I enter my user account password it, it says it is the wrong password. I'm I to assume that the password that I'm entering on boot up is not the same as the 'administrator password for the recovery console? What am I doing wrong? How do I put a administrator password in so I can get into the recovery console?? Any help is appreciated. Please reply to:
[email protected]

A:XP's recovery console admin password help

it is not the same
even if u are the only user and u have admin rights, there is still an ccount called 'administrator' and this is hidden unless u restart into safe mode or manually type in user: 'administrator'
the password is therefore different then your username password (unless during the setup u entered the same password as u did for your username)

if u didnt put any 'administrator' password, try just pressing 'enter' when asked in recovery console but remember dont put your username there but 'administrator' in the 'user' field

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Howdy guys and gals! Looking to recieve your help once again. My problem is I want to do a Recovery Counsal for my girlfriends computer but it asks for an administrator password when there was never one in the first place. Is there a symbol i need to use to represent no password as a command? I tried to just press enter without putting anything in it and it keeps bringing up C:\>

Thanks a bunch!

A:Recovery Consul..asks for Admin Password but never had one


After pressing <ENTER> you should get to the C:\ (type command here)

What command are you trying to run? What problems are you having?

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Hi i need a help to recover my password for admin account could you please help me

A:I forgot my admin password for system recovery

Hi, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. Please, read this topic to find the answer of your question >>

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hi, i am the only user on my Laptop (administrator) i have run Recovery console, when it says 'type the administrator password' i type in the password i use every day. it says 'The password is not valid'?

does anyone know why this is?

ps. i have no system password (before windows login screen)

A:Recovery Console Admin Password 'Not Valid'?

Have you tried hitting enter without using a password ?

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I was trying to get into the recovery console on the XP install CD and it asked me for the admin password. I don't recall setting a password while installing XP but if I did I know for certain what I used. But that one does not work.

I then booted normally and made sure that my administrator logon password was the same as the one I would have used while installing XP.

Then I tried again to get into the recovery console and again it does not recognize my password.

Is there a default password for XP home that is used if one does not set a password?

A:[SOLVED] admin password for recovery console

if you never did set up an administrative password, then just press enter. If that does not work, then unfortunately according to the rules we cannot help you bypass a password since it would seem there was one installed at one time.

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I got the "disk boot failure' message upon trying to log onto windows xp. I tried using the original xp installation disk to run the recovery consule however it is asking for an admin password. Well there is no password...... I tried to simply hit 'enter' but it tells me that is the wrong password. I've tried 'default' as well. Well I know there is no password because during the original installation i never set one. I obviuosly can't log into windows and deactivate the security option in the registry so how else am i suppose to rebuild the bootmgr in order to get windows to load again?

A:Solved: Recovery Consule Admin Password

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When trying to boot into safe mode, the machine stops while trying to load agp440.sys

I want to disable the loading of this file in the recovery console, following these instructions:;en-us;324764

Now I am asked for an administrator password. As far as I know, there is no admin password on this machine, but just hitting ENTER does not do the trick.

How do I bypass the password?

A:Login Recovery console without Admin password

Check your PM.

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Hello, I am running WinXP(SP2)
I have accidentally locked my admind password using "net user" commands in command prompt. problem is I'm not sure what i changed it to.

I only have Guest Priveleges on my PC.
I deleted my other admin account, so my only admin account is locked.

I read somewhere about burning a boot disk (to reset the admin account password), but I'm looking for a different alternative. Does anyone got any help?

That might be my only option, but I hope not.

A:Admin Account Locked\Password Recovery

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I _need_ to format my WinXP machine, so I boot from the XP CD, and go to the recovery console-- but it asks for an administrator password. I'm the admin my on XP install, but I never set a password for anything, at all.

How can I reset it? Get around it? Anything?

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I know it was incredibly stupid. And it's a double-edged sword to try to be an independent contractor with no corporate IT dept. although at least I can't see the look and lecture they'd certaiy be giving me right now!
Please help after you stop shaking you head :-)
I forgot my recently changed Windows 7 desktop password ( I'm the admin) &amp; tried to google how to retrieve and or change it, but I'm unsure as there seem to be a few different ways to do it.
Could someone here recommend something I could download to my Win7 laptop to use on my locked Win7 desktop, ease?
Thank you :-)

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@cris-sdive Enter   75784238 Regards, DP-K

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After enter 3 times I received the following code: 62859715

A:hp 2000 notebook admin or power on password recovery

@Zane1? Enter    73731331 Regards, DP-K

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my halt code is 92524127.  i was wondering if anyone could help with this 

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A:hp 2000 notebook admin or power on password recovery

@dparks06? Enter   23482109

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Help!  I have a vintage IBM R51 laptop running XPSP3.  Yesterday I updated Mozilla Firefox to the latest version and things went to hell.  The update took a couple of hours, which was my first sign thing were going sideways. Normal boot process takes forever, with continuous disk accesses.  I can barely get the systme manager window open.I can safe boot, but cannot run AVG to see if there is a virus.  AVG reports an error and closes.  This is the paid for AVG, not the free version. If I try to start the XP Recovery Console, it asks if I want to start Windows on drve C:, but then prompts for an Administrator password.I NEVER set up an administrator password. I am not even sure this problem is a virus, but I am sure I need help (PLEASE!) I was able to run FRST (from BartPE) and here are the results: Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x86) Version: 30-06-2013 03Ran by SYSTEM on 30-06-2013 18:54:31Running from D:\BleepingComuterMicrosoft Windows XP (X86) OS Language:Internet Explorer Version 8Boot Mode: RecoveryThe current controlset is ControlSet001ATTENTION!:=====> FRST is updated to run from normal or Safe mode to produce a full FRST.txt log and Addition.txt log.==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================HKLM\...\Run: [SynTPEnh] %ProgramFiles%\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe [1323008 2008-07-04] (Synaptics, Inc.)HKLM\...\Run: [BluetoothAuthenticationAgent] rundll32.exe bthprops.cpl,,Bluetoo... Read more

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So I boot up Windows (XP Pro SP2) and after the loading screen, I get a black screen. I've googled the problem and can't find a way to fix it without using the recovery console. The problem is, as far as I remember, my Admin password is blank. However, when I press enter at the prompt without typing anything, it says I have the wrong password, so it's probably something else that I don't remember.

What I need is either another way to fix the black screen without recovery console, or a way to find or change the admin password.

I have a separate hard drive I can use as an alternate Windows install, so I can get into the HD of my original install, but can't access the original Windows.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

A:Blank screen on boot, or recovery console without Admin password

Sorry but TSF rules will not let us help bypass security measures of any kind.

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The firm in which I work has a Lenovo PC with Windows 10 installed. There are two user profiles on the computer, the admin and another normal account without administration rights. We have only the password of the account without administrator rights.

The network administrator had left the company surprisingly in without giving the administrator password of the PC and we cannot contact him anymore.

Now we want to install another programme and we cannot do this without an administrator account.

I disabled secure boot and have tried to boot the PC with an Linux USB Stick, but it do not boot from the stick.

Any suggestion how I either can reset the password of the administrator account or create an new account with administrator rights.

A:Windows 10 admin password reset or new account with admin rights

Although there may be techniques to recover a lost password it is forum policy that we do not discuss these here - your best bet would be to visit a local security specialist and get them to recover/reset it for you - and a change to the policy for the replacement admin may be a good idea, I always wrote a list of all passwords and stored it with the Managing Director and also in a fireproof safe

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For some reason my wireless internet connection deleted itself :s So i decided to do a system restore back to a previous point. This was successful and the wireless connection was setup again. However the same problem occured. when i attempted to do another system restore, the computer failed to boot. It turns on ok, but with a black screen showing a msg which says "initiating" some process, (sorry i forgot, ill post what it keeps saying when i get back home to the broken pc. )

The real problem i have now is when i went to my boot options, to do somthing like a reinstall, it asked for my admin password. This is normally no problem, but for some reason its not accepting my password, saying its invalid! I'm not sure if some virus has somehow changed my Admin password, because i am positive i am typing in the correct password!

I am locked out of my pc, unable to do any reinstall or anything Is there anyway i can restore my pc without losing the data? Even if i end up having to take it to some kind of pc repair shop, that would be preferable as there are some invaluable photos, documents etc. However i am a bit reluctant to give it over to someone else to repair it as the pc also some of my bank account details on there.

Is there any solution? Thanks in advance

A:Computer wont start up, Cant use recovery console or reinstall because it asks for Admin password

Hi booworthy,

It's an interesting problem, so getting the full error message would be helpful.


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Dear All,

My colleague mistakenly deleted all the file from the Windows 7 recovery drive, drive is still there and nothing have been copied in that drive after deleting the recovery files. Machine is HP Probook 4530s. Is there any way to restore the windows 7 recovery reset the system to its factory settings?

Thanks in advance


A:Recover Deleted Windows 7 Recovery Files from Recovery Drive

You might be able to use a free recovery tool like Recuva or MiniTool Partition Wizard. But there are no guarantees that all deleted files will be recovered or that they will be in a usable condition.

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

MiniTool Partition Recovery

It may be safer to contact HP support and buy a set of recovery disks for your particular machine. I'm taking a guess that you are in India?

Contact HP - Office locations | HP? India

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I'm on an HP laptop that originally came with Windows Vista. At some point a while back, I purchased Windows 7 online and upgraded the OS by download--meaning I don't have any physical installation discs.

Now I would like to some how recover this computer to it's factory settings, to wipe all installed programs and files, but I would prefer not to be downgraded back to Vista. Is this possible?

I don't believe I made recovery discs while Vista was installed either. Is it possible to recover the computer at all?

Thank you for any feedback

A:Can I recover my computer without the Windows installation disc?

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Dear all,

I replaced the hard disk, i have the three recovery DVD for windows 8. please help me to recover the same.

when i am trying recover from Recovery of factory default software(out of box) is not working. please help

A:How to recover Windows 8 from Recovery DVD?


Start your machine and press F12 to enter boot menu. When you see the boot menu on the screen put disc 1 in optical disc drive. After doing that choose CD/DVD as first bootable device and press ENTER button.

ODD should start to read recovery disc. All you must do is to follow the menu on the screen.

When you write “it is not working” what do you mean exactly?

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My cousin recently encountered a problem with a virus. This virus takes complete control of your computer in normal mode. So, I knew that I had to get it into safe mode with networking... Then I could either go online and look for the answer, or try to find some help. But my cousin completely forgot their password for their login. I definitely can't attempt to do anything while stuck at the logon screen. I thought about maybe using a software from online on a SanDisk I have available. But then I figured it would be a better idea to try looking for some help here. If there is anything that can be done, please let me know. Thank you.

A:Recover Windows 7 password?

Due to the open, public nature of this forum, any assistance given to help circumvent security measures, even for legitimate purposes, would be available for unscrupulous individuals to use for illegitimate purposes.

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I dont have a way of getting my password i have two accounts. administrator and my wife. I need to get one of those passwords to log on how can i retrieve it.

A:Recover a password in Windows XP Pro

I'd suggest reading here on this guide by Kimsland

Other then that, we have a policy on bypassing passwords. Basically meaning that we can't teach you how to 'crack' into systems

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.

After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.

Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?Boot disk vs recovery disk. Let me see if I can phrase that in a way that makes some sense.A recovery disc is a generic term for the disk or media containing a backup of the original factory condition or a specified condition of a computer as configured by the original equipment manufacturer or an end-user. OEM supplied recovery media is sometimes shipped with some computers to allow the user to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system and pre-loaded software as it was when it was shipped. This is not as common a practice today as it was in the past. I won't confuse the issue, but google recovery partition for more information.A boot disk is a removable data storage medium, i.e. DVD or flash drive from which a computer can load and run 'boot' an operating system or utility program. The computer must have an installed program or application which will load and execute a program or application from the boot disk. This will enable you to boot an otherwise unusable machine to be able to troubleshoot the OS or non-working application as necessary.Hope that gives you a better idea of the difference.As to how to create a boot disk? I will let more knowledgeable staff or members assist you.

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Hi All,
I'm in a real bind. When I first bought my ASUS N61JQ Laptop it was recommended to make a set of backup cd's to recover the system in the event of a major incident, which I duly did.

Today, after putting up with a poorly running Windows for too long, I decided to install a new SSD and try and do a clean install of my system software, from these CD's.

They all loaded successfully and when they finished loading I was prompted to Restart the computer.

All looked good on restart, the Windows logo appeared, then another screen, and after a few seconds, a very large red word saying "ERROR" and the message "cannot find c:\recovery.dat.

I've spent the rest of the day trawling the web to find the way to recover Windows from the data put on the SSD from the CD's, but to no avail.

I would have thought that if ASUS wanted you to make a backup of the recovery files, they would also give you the procedure, on how to recover to a clean installation. Unfortunately I can't seem to get a lead anywhere.

I'm confident there are some people out there who know how to do this, and I would really appreciate it if you can point me in the right direction, because is starting to really do my head in.

Regards Ron

A:Can't recover Windows 7 from ASUS recovery CD's

Hmm, wait until someone gives a green light on this:

Some searching show this is quite common

Make a bootable media of Partition Wizard free and delete the hidden recovery partition.
If it works, later "move/resize" C into unallocated space on left.

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Please help me.......I had formatted my original operating system (windows  8.1) and also my HDD and now i lost my old os and now i hav installed pirated windows 7 with legacy boot order....WHAT SHOULD I DO TO RECOVER MY ORIGINAL OS 8.1?I ALSO TRIED THROUGH RECOVERY MANAGER IN BOOT MODE BUT ITS NOT OPENING...PLEASE HELP ME ...ANYONE...

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I have my netbook dual-boot WinXP and Windows 7. (I used EasyBCD for the dual-boot setup.)

In booting into Win7, I used to have the option of the "repair your computer", which brought one several useful tools, if there is problem booting.

Of course, the exact same tools are on the Win7 setup DVD, which I have. However, with a netbook, I don't always have the USB DVD drive with me, or the DVD, and that recovery stuff boots up much faster from the HDD partition, than from the DVD. So I think it is good to have. (Not at all like the notebook manufacturers recovery partitions. I wouldn't want to use those at all, wiping out all my data.)

Recently I upgraded to a larger HDD. I used Acronis to clone my old HDD (at that time in the notebook) to the new HDD (attached via USB enclosure). (It was an older Acronis version, long predating Win7. I don't know if I would have had better results with a new version.)

Well, at first I could not boot at all, with the new HDD installed. I was able to fix that though. (I forget the details of it at the moment.)

Also, my drive letters (I have four partitions-drives) were messed up, so somehow the Acronis cloning did not keep that information, and I had to fix that in both XP and 7, with Disk Management.

For the most part though, my partitions were all intact in the new drive. Being a larger HDD, I increased the size of a couple, in the Acronis interface.

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A:Recover Windows 7 Recovery Partition?

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Screen Shots

If you cloned the HD over then the Recovery Partition should be intact, although whether it will still run from the hotkey at boot is questionable. What is your make and model so we can advise you on trying to boot Recovery?

If Repair console is on the HD it is the 100mb System Reserved partition placing it on the F8 Advanced Boot tools menu. What options do you have on that menu now? Does Repair load if there?

Since you have the DVD to use the preferred method of reinstall, you probably don't really need the Recovery Partition anyway, so may want to recover its space if it doesn't cue up to run from boot. You can always order Recovery Disks from your tech support if you didn't make them when Recovery was still working from All Programs.

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So, I installed Windows 10 last week. Yesterday I explored a bit and discovered Windows Edge, their new email/ outlook client. I attached my personal Gmail address to the service as well as my corporate address. My corporate account required me to create a new password that fit my company's security standards, which I did, but, after feeling like my company address was restricting how I use my personal home computer, I removed that address. Here's where I get fuzzy, I cannot, for the life of me remember, if I changed my password back to one that didn't conform to my company's security standards or if I left it alone. All I know is that once my computer locked later that night, I was unable to get back in. I've tried every permutation of every password, including that corporate password, I've ever used with no success.

I do not have a password reset disk nor do I have a system repair disk with which to reinstall Windows 10.

So, how screwed am I? Will I have to reinstall Windows 7, the last OS I have a disk for, and hope I can reupgrade to Windows 10?

I did not attach my MSN email address (aka my Microsoft Account) to my computer, so resetting my password that way is a no go.

A:Forgot Windows 10 password, no repair or password recovery disk.

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Okay, this is going to make me sound like a complete idiot but I am desperate at this point.

I have Windows XP on my home computer. Last week, I changed my password. I had not logged off since then but came home today and found my computer turned off. When I restarted it, I found I was unable to log on. I have forgotten my password. I have only one user account, called Admin. I have no floppy drive so I'm not able to make or use a password recovery disk. I'm looking for some help here guys, I really need a couple projects I had typed up. They are due tomorrow.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

A:HELP! Need to recover windows xp login password!

Welcome to TSG!

Is that one account "Admin" one that you created?

If you're running XP, you should be able to start the computer in Safe Mode and choose the default "Administrator" account which is only available in Safe Mode. To my knowledge, that does NOT require a password and the true "Administrator" account (not the "Admin" one you created) is only available in Safe Mode.

Then follow the directions in this article from Microsoft. Use Method 2 because obviously Method 1 doesn't apply to you.

Hope this helps!

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I am not sure if this is the correct forum however I am so angry I am banging my keys to write this., heheh...
I use Google Chrome often because it helps with the uploads for my games site ..I wanted to post something on FB but forgot my pass which Chrome holds. Now I am being asked to provide my windows 10 password to access my passwords on Google Chrome, I hate it.. because I sign in with not my pass, but I use a pin. Chrome used to take the pin but will not now so basically I cannot use it... hmmm how can I stop windows 10 from dictating my life and give me the free access I had for the past 20 years or so..

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i see a lot of things on how to reset the password for windows 8 or to just get rid of it but is there a way to just get the information to know what the password is?

reseting it isn't really an option


A:How To Recover Windows 8 Password Without Reseting it?

Hello Contraplex, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I'm sorry, but we can't help you to see a user account's password, but only to reset it. This is because of security purposes.

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How can i recover my administrator password on windows 7, i forgotten it and need to format my hard drive?

A:How can i recover my administrator password on windows 7.

You don't need the Admin password to format your hard drive, just use a windows 7 disk to do a quick (and un-secure) format or wipe the drive (more secure) with a third party software boot disk like Killdisk
Freeware Download [email protected] KillDisk

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I usually log into my computer with a 4 digit pin i created on windows 10, and i also have a password set on the machine;
Unfortunately, I try login to microsoft cortana and it ask for my current windows password, I enter my password and i have a massage saying "The password You Entered Is Incorrect" i try different passwords but it didn't work, I come to realize that i forgot my password; My question here is that how do i reset my password, Remember i used to log into my computer with a 4 digit pin;

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Iforgotmyadminstratorspasswordonmylaptop,windows 8 andthatismyonlywindowsaccount,howcani recovery mypasswordwithoutthedisc. Itwontletmegointosafemodecauseistillneedthepassword.Is it possible to recover the forgot windows password?

A:How to recover my forgotten Windows 8 password ?

Ask the person you acquired the laptop from.

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Hi everyone,

I have a book about C++ Programming that two years ago solved all of its chapters exercises successfully. Then saved all of these source codes into a folder, added it to a .rar file by WinRAR tool with a specific password and saved that file into my USB flash.

Now unfortunately I forgot the password, I remember that password was something like "The C++ Resolvents" or "The resolvents of C++ exercises" or ...with upper or lower cases.
I know there are some tools to recover .rar file passwords such as RAR_Password_Unlocker and so on, but:

1- It takes too long time (days or perhaps months!) to recover that long password and my machine should be On during this time!!!
2- I think they do not support spaces between password, while I'm sure there are at least two or three spaces in my password.

Does any one know is there a quick(er) way to recover my password?
Thanks in advance!

A:How to recover my .rar file password on windows OS?

No one knows!!??

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I cannot find the password for my Windows 7 laptop. Is there a way to recover it or redo it?


A:Recover Windows 7 login password

Password Reset : Using System Restore in Windows 7

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I forgot my adminstrators password on my windows 7, laptop. And that's the only windows account, how can I recover my password without disc?

PS: It won't let me go into the safe mode cause I still need the password, please help!

A:How can I recover my forgotten Windows 7 password ?

Regret to say that helping with password recovery is against our rules - I know it sucks but we cannot verify that you are the laptop owner or that you are not trying to get inside someone else's machine

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hello, I forgot my windows 7 password and I have no reset desc, it there any way that I can reset my windows password?

A:Help, how can I recover forgotten windows 7 password?

please read the forum rules
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I use BitLocker with AD integration on a 2003 sp2 Domain Controller. The
BitLocker Recovery Passwords and TPM Owner Passwords are stored successfully
in the AD. I installed BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer for Active
Directory to read the Recovery Passwords stored in the AD.
If I try to change the TPM Owner PW on my windows 7 machine, I have to enter the
Owner Password or point to a
TPM Password File. Because my Owner PW is stored in AD I don't have
this information. What is the process to change the TPM Owner Password on my
windows 7 when I only have the TPM Owner Password stored in AD?

A:How to recover TPM owner password from AD on windows 7

We save TPM owner password as hash in AD if you had set the GPO to backup the TPM Owner Password.
I have written a Blog on this which will help you.
How to use Hash of TPM from AD to reset your TPM password
 Regards, Manoj Sehgal

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Hello there, I am new to this tread and just want to thanks ahead of time for any help that anyone has to offer.

I have a HP DV6-6190us Laptop that I am having issues with. I have several virus's that I have been unable to get rid of. I am trying to do a factory system recovery, but the options are all greyed out. I can still get on my computer and once logged in and I go into HP Recovery Manager I am able to click on all of the options with no problem but once it shuts down and loads into the manager the only things it allows me to click on are the perform computer maintenance and get assistance from HP. Everything else is grey and will not let me click on them. So here is what I have tried.

-Entered the HP Recovery Manager both while logged on and after hitting F11 (always greyed out)
-I made the 5 recovery disks and tried to use them (no luck, it doenst do anything while loading so I tried ESC and started boot up from CD instead of harddrive "ESC...F9...Internal CD/DVD ROM Drive and it loads the first DVD and get this message

**The System recovery media does not support this computer. You are not able to restore this system with media

Keep in mind I just made these disk off of THIS computer last night.

I am sooooo lost and willing to try new ideals so please if you can help I would appreciate it. Thanks agian

A:Windows 7 System Recovery Greyed Out, CANT RECOVER


Perhaps the viruses are preventing you from recovering your system, or perhaps the disks
got corrupt, I would try to kill off any viruses first.

Run these programs to check for virus infection:
Windows Defender Offline

Please download Malwarebytes:

Do not start the free trial of Malware Bytes, deselect that option when prompted.

Run a full scan once downloaded, installed and updated.



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My Acer Aspire A7600U-UR24 came with windows 8. I made a recovery drive by choosing "create recovery drive" in windows 8. After making the drive i installed windows 8.1 from DVD. Some time later I tried to restore it back to factory with my recovery usb. Every time I try I get "windows cannot find a system image on this computer" even though my flash drive is plugged in. I tried booting from the drive, doesn't seem to work. Not sure if my windows 8.1 version not being activated has anything to do with it (I installed 8.1 on 2 computers from the same dvd didn't realize i couldn't do that) . but I think I should still be able to boot from the drive. I need help.

I was thinking if the problem is my flash drive, can I somehow transfer the system image from one flash drive to another?

here's the screens:

at this point there should be an option for windows 8 but there's not.

A:my windows 8 recovery drive not found. trying to recover

If I understand correctly you created a USB Recovery Drive when you had Windows 8. It only contains files that help recover Window 8 in the event of a problem, it will not contain the factory recovery partition. It is of no value now since you tried to install Windows 8.1 by DVD. Was it an update version or upgrade to Pro?

Should you wish to return to Windows 8 OEM you must use the recovery partition process as outlined by Acer to reset to Factory Conditions. Hopefully the recovery partition was not corrupted when to tried to go to Windows 8.1. If it was, you will have to order Recovery Disks from Acer for a nominal charge.

Others here on this forum may have different ideas or understood your problem differently.

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Hey guys, I've tried searching a lot about this topic but couldn't find an answer or maybe it was too complicated for me. So basically i 'm trying to restore my windows 7 home premium to factory settings. I don't have a backup CD and I can't find my product key which is supposed to be in an sticker at the back of my laptop. Well there is a sticker but its been two years and the sticker has been washed out(sort of) and I can't properly see the product key now.

My HP G62 notebook PC has 3 partitions. Drive C is where all of my data is stored, Drive D is named recovery, which I guess is a manufacturer's recovery partition. It occupies about 11 GB of memory. The third partition has nothing. I was thinking I could restore my laptop to factory settings using this manufacturer's recovery partition but a Microsoft support guy told me I'll need the product key and a windows 7 disc for this to work.

So what do I do now? How do I get my product key? I tried contacting HP to see if they could help me with the product key thing but since I don't live in the US, they keep transferring the line from one department to another. I'm so disappointed with their so called support.

So could you guys please tell me what shall I do now?

A:Need to recover my windows 7 using manufacturer's recovery partition

Offhand, I think the MS support guy is wrong.

I've never had a PC with a recovery partition, but my understanding is that they will restore without any Windows 7 disc or Product Key.

Somebody will correct me if I'm wrong.

You'd need the Product Key from the sticker if you were going to do a clean install, but you aren't.

I think the recovery partition will self-activate.

I don't think recovery partitions are foolproof, so you may have issues of some kind. But generally they work OK.

You must back up any personal data or it will be lost.

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Hi Yet again, Windows is frustratingly taking up all of my time and I have tried everything google has to offer to try and fix it but it seems like no one has screwed up as much as I have on whatever forum. Let me explain the problem: I'm trying to set my account to administrator because I can't install programs, change account settings, make any changes through CMD without getting the system error 5 access denied message and I can't set the administrator account through CMD either. I also don't have the permission to change anything in regedit and I can't even reset my pc because it requires an administrator password which I don't have, is not "nothing" nor is it administrator or admin or password and I can't change it through cmd either. I can't even access the administrator account because it is disabled and even with an elevated cmd I can't activate the "hidden" administrator account. I've ran malwarebytes and superantispyware and I am now looking for the Gandalf of all Geeks to help me solve this problem. I'd immensely appreciate it!

A:System error 5 | No admin rights | Lost admin password | can't reset

Hi. When a computer is first setup, the account created is an administrative one. What happened to this account?

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Forgetting your Windows administrator login password.
With no way to get into the system, you can't even perform basic maintenance, let alone a thorough tune-up.
Formatting is always an option, but we consider that a last resort. (Plus, guess who's going to have to help reinstall all the programs lost after a wipe?)

But all hope is not lost.
There are a few ways to actually retrieve a lost Windows account password. Read on, and we'll show you the light.

_1st Method:_

The first thing which you check if you forget login password. When we install Windows, it automatically creates an account "Administrator" and sets its password to blank. So if you have forget your user account password then try this:

Start system and when you see Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press ctrl+alt+del keys twice and it'll show Classic Login box. Now type "Administrator" (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank. Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows.

Now you can reset your account password from "Control Panel -> User Accounts".

Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen.

_2th Method:_

There are a lot of Windows password revealers and crackers available.

CIA commander:

This tool only works on NTFS partitions, but it works great! You can even use it to copy data from one place to another. But it is not for... Read more

A:Re: How to reset / recover forgotten Windows password

Hi mate

Thanks for this posting.
I think it could be useful for other users who forget the Windows password and don?t want to reinstall the whole OS again.


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Hello, I fogot my windows 7 passowrd, HP laptop. Is there any way that I can get into my HP computer without reintall the system.

A:I forgot my HP login password - windows 7, how to recover?

perterhoul wrote:Hello, I fogot my windows 7 passowrd, HP laptop. Is there any way that I can get into my HP computer without reintall the system.Try these links. How To Change or Reset a Windows 8/8.1 PasswordHow To Reset a Windows 7 PasswordReset your Windows password

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Granddaughter has Toshiba laptop running Windows 8.
My daughter set the Admin password when I gave them the computer and now cannot remember it.
I've downloaded several password recovery programs that burn ISO image to a disk but cannot get computer to boot from them
Have reset BIOS to make the optical drive first boot choice, USB second and HDD third but computer will not boot from CD or USB drive.
Any suggestions?

A:Windows 8 Admin Password

We do not assist with forgotten passwords as we don't know the actual situation or intent. Please refer to the site rules where it states:
Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with (or ways to bypass) a forgotten or unknown password, personal identification number (PIN) or any other type of access code that may be required on a computer, mobile device or web site. As there is no way to verify the actual situation or intent, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.Click to expand...

Since there's nothing we can do to help, I'm closing this thread.

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Hello everybody

I have a problem and would ask someone for help and solution that could be possible i will listen.

So situation is like this I cant log in into my computer cos in password i have small lether c with caron "&#268;" i tryed to type it with alt+code but couldnt find it and one i found wasnt correct alt+0269.i tryed switching keyboards layout put onto my own lanq with ctrl+alt and alt+shift both dont work cos before comp shut down lanq who had this character was deleted ...

i tryed safe mode dont work so what i have done now is .. installed new OS on other particion so could i access from here to other system or could i change password cos i know it but cant type it .. well its one wierd situation hope u guys have any solution that could be usefull cos i have important date on that account.

A:Admin password windows xp

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Hello everybody
I have a problem and would ask someone for
help and solution that could be possible i will
So situation is like this
I cant log in into my computer cos in password
i have small lether c with caron "Č" i tryed to
type it with alt+code but couldnt find it and one
i found wasnt correct alt+0269.
i tryed switching keyboards layout put onto my
own lanq with ctrl+alt and alt+shift both dont
work cos before comp shut down lanq who had
this character was deleted ...
i tryed safe mode dont work so what i have
done now is .. installed new OS on other
particion so could i access from here to other
system or could i change password cos i
know it but cant type it .. well its one wierd
situation hope u guys have any solution that
could be usefull cos i have important date on
that account.

A:Admin password windows xp

Actually, safe mode WILL work as long as you don't have an Admin password set or forget the password for the Admin. If there's only one account on there and you're the administrator, in safe mode you can log on to what is called Admin...and it will work.

I think the best way for you is using ( edited -BG)This utility is used to reset password of any windows versions in seconds.
How to use:
Download the utility and install it then burn the software to a CD/USB drive,then insert the newly created CD/USB drive to your locked pc and reboot your computer,then press "F2" to enter your BIOS setup,following the instruction to reset your lost windows password.

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I am new to this site and it seems very interesting with a lot of information. I do have computer knowledge, but this problem i am having is just annoying me.

I never created an admin password and my computer use to just boot right up to the desktop. Since ive changed my settings to "password protect on resume" with a screen goes to a password screen, but i can just hit enter and it goes back to normal desktop.

But, I restarted my machine and now it comes up to a user screen with my admin account and its asking for a password. I cannot just hit actually wants a password???...But i dont know what to put in???...please help me if anyone knows what i am talking about.

Thank you very much!


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I need to either change a guest log in (kid's access) to
adminstrator, or a way to reveal or change the password
for the Admin profile. Thanks for your help.
I tried this already: Run: cmd net user guest *
I tried to rest the guest password this way but
it didn't work - I'm thinking it is because I am not
logged on as admin in the first place. What do I do now?

A:change guest login to admin or figure out admin password

you cant change an admins pw from a guest all

only way to change the admin pw is to boot to safe mode and enter the sys admin account or use a hacking program iso which you can find easily but use at your own risk....

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Tool says firmware version unknown and i am not able to get into my system

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I bought a new HP Pavillion desktop pc and wanted to know where to get recovery discs in case I needed them.

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I am a little confused about the recovery disc that you create on all new laptops. Is this the actually OS disc, or something else, like a recovery disc that restores it to a certain point in time?

A:windows recovery disc

It will reinstall the operating system and drivers for the various components of the computer. Your computer will be returned to the way it was when you took it out of the box.

Most computer manufacturers don't include recovery disks with their systems. They now have a recovery partition which is what is used to reinstall Windows and recover it to factory defaults.

You can make a set of cd's of the recovery files. I highly recommend that you do so. If your computer ever gets to a point where you need to reinstall the OS but you cannot access the recovery partition the disks will be available as a backup. I also suggest you go one step more. I don't know about all manufacturers but my mother's Compaq only allowed me to make back up disks one time. After I did that, I made a copy of the disks. That way if the disk becomes scratched or cracked and can't be used you have another one to fall back on.

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I am about to take delivery of a new pc.The pc will be running windows xp home and some pre loaded software The company I am buying it from wanted to charge me 69 for a set of recovery discs.

As I thought this excessive I declined their offer .

I would like to make a set of recovery discs myself. What would this entail and can someone point me in the right direction as to software I would need . I would be able to make the didcs on either cd or dvd.

Any software would have to be available in the uk.


A:windows recovery disc

69 wow... I nearly had heart attack when i nearly ordered recovery disks from P. Bell... they wanted 35... then someone through the forums gave me this link for a company that does alot of recovery media, restore disks etc and they only charged me about 15 and they arrived within 2 days..

might be worth a look if your still looking for recovery disks..

Hope this helps

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Can someone tell me if I use a Windows 7 recovery disc on a system with a pre-installed image from the manufacture (HP), will this work?

Reason being, I screwed up the system by uninstalling all HP software and now the registry is screwed up!

Does the recovery disc fix the registry to its windows default or just windows files?
or will I need a Windows 7 genuine disc and start fresh? (I would rather fix than start fresh).

I have 4 partitions;
(1) hidden set as active named system.
(2) boot drive Windows directory.
(3) manufactures image.
(4) manufactures tool drive. (FAT32)

If I use the Windows 7 recovery disc will I have to set partition (2) as active first? then reboot with the recovery disc?

Then I can format (1), (3) and(4) later after the recovery if I choose?


A:Windows 7 recovery disc

The Win7 repair disk is used to boot Win7 when it won't boot - to run Startup Repair, System Restore, access a Command Line, Recover using a Win7 Backup Image, etc.
System Repair Disc - Create
System Recovery Options

If Win7 won't start now boot the Repair CD to run Startup Repair which automates System Restore as well as numerous other tests including System File Checker which can repair system files which are not corrupted beyond repair.

If Startup Repair will not start it after being run up to 3 separate times with reboots, then boot back in and choose System Restore from the tools list to attempt to restore before you made the registry changes.

If Win7 still will not start, try booting into Safe Mode to run sfc /scannow to repair System files.

You can copy your files out of an unbootable Win7 using this method:
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console - Windows 7 Forums.url

If all fails you can run the Recovery Partition using the key given on first boot screen, or look it up in your manual on Support Downloads webpage for your model computer. You will need to fill out your System Specs for us to help you research this information.

Or since your goal was apparently to get rid of the factory bloatware find a Win7 installer for your version to clean reinstall with the Product Key on the COA sticker on machine.
Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums.URL

If Win7 will start, run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker to try to repair Syste... Read more

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Hi, i have 3 pc's with windows 7 installed on all. i would like to format one of them so all memory is wiped clean but im wondering if there is a way of doing this without losing windows 7 or a way of getting windows 7 again after with no disc. the discs wernt supplied with all 3 so im not sure how im supposed to do this. thanks

A:Windows 7 recovery with no disc?

Memory is wiped clean every time you shut the machine off. I'm assuming you want to reformat the hard drive and install Windows.

Most new machines have Windows on the hard drive. Your docs should explain how to access recovery (so long as you have not made any changes to the partitions and destroyed the recovery).


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I have a customer's Lenovo Desktop that has a corrupted Microsoft Account Password, thus preventing access to the PC. Changing the password does not work as it appears this must be done on the affected pc.  Also, Lenovo has an Administrative Lock on the BIOS Password.  Resetting CMOS did not work (took out CMOS battery for 30 minutes, changed Cmos reset jumpers with power completely turned off - neither worked).  Thus cannot change from secure boot to Legacy Boot.  When customer comes back from vacation we will go to store where he purchased the PC and hopefully in conjunction with Lenovo obtain the password. Also, made a mistake and re-initialized the HHD as GPT.  I think the HHD is GPT and not MBR, but the re-initialization now prevents the computer from booting at all.
Trying to get Administrative Bios password from manufacture so can change to Legacy Boot so can boot in Hiren's so I can use MiniTool Partition Wizzard to hopefully recover the HHD Partition so I will be able to boot normally, and also with Net User command in Command Prompt create an Administrative ID which will enable me to completely get into the computer.
MY QUESTION IS:  If, for some reason Lenovo does not relinquish the administrative password, how can I either rebuild or reinstall the Windows 8.1 operating system?  What would the actual procudures be?  I have a test machine, HP Pavilion Notebook that is also 64 bit and Windows 8.1.&#... Read more

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Windows 7--Service Pack 1
Home Edition
32-bit OS

I purchase a PC on EBay and I'm not able to add software to it due to the Admin Password Protected. The admin name is "HomeGroupUser$". I tried changing one of the other users to Administrator but doesn't work. Please help me through this so I can add some software.


A:Windows 7 Admin Password Protected

you need to contact the seller and get the password. Unless the computer was stolen, the seller should have the password.

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Hello Experts,

I am looking forward for your help. I have Dell inspiron 15R. Its a new machine & I am having two accounts i.e. Admin & User Account. I forget the password for Admin account. User account was created for normal day to day work.

Can you please suggest me how I can reset the windows 8 admin password. I tried to find solution in google but the given solution involves to pay for software to do so. Is there any other way (i.e. Free) work around to resolve my problem?


A:Reset Admin Password in Windows 8

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Windows 10 reset by MS. Told to put in new Administrator password, which I did & wrote it down in 2 places. Now will not accept the PW. Can you have a PW and a pin pls, as it will accept the pin. Any ideas?

A:Windows 10 Admin password will not work but I can use pin.

Yes you can have a password and a PIN. I have both setup on my laptop. On the Lock/login screen, below where you type them in, there should be a "login method" option. Click that and you can switch from Password to PIN of vice versa. Mine gets set back to Password after some Windows updates and I have to toggle it back to PIN. Every time a new build comes down the PIP it defaults back to Password. If it's set to PIN, and you enter your password, it won't let you log in. You have to tell it which one your typing in.

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My system is dell inspiron 13 7348. My windows 10 admin account was locked. meaning i forgot the password. 
laptop does not have optical drive. i tried to boot from USB flash drive but i was unable to even boot from usb.

i tried lot of options/Softwares to unlock it but can't be able to unlock. please let me know what needs to be done to resolve the issue

A:Windows 10 admin password forgot

Hi sivakesava574,
If you forget the administrator password and don't have a password reset disk or another administrator account, you won't be able to reset the password. If there are no other user accounts on the computer, you won't be able to log on to Windows and will need to re-install Windows. However you can try out the steps offered in the link below.
Note: The steps provided in the link below are not confirmed steps from Dell. Please try those steps at your own risk.

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Hello, I'm new here. Found the forums via searching for my problem. Yes, I know it's listed on the forums several times, but none of those solutions fix my problem.

All I need to do is reset the admin password on my computer. I only have a limited access account. I have tried every available program on the net. None of the linux based ones will see my hard drive, even with the correct drivers. The hash getting ones say the password is too secure to unscramble.

I do not have access to another machine, nor can I use my burner because i dont have access according to windows (limited account). So some of them I can't use because I can't make a bootable CD. However, I did get a friend to make me 3 of them, including the emergency boot disk and it crashes near the beginning with some kind of resource conflict.

Is there any other way short of formatting? I really don't want to have to do that. I also don't have any Windows XP cd's. Perhaps I can get ahold of one. I know I can install xp in another dir and logon to that install via recovery console to replace the sam file with the one from the repair dir. I just don't have access to a windows XP cd at the moment. Was hoping there was something I haven't tried yet.

If there is any way anyone knows of to change a limited account to admin status that would work also. That is really all I want to do, give myself admin on my own computer. It used to be that way but... Read more

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hi.i didnt have the password turned on.after restarting computer it asks password and i dont know it cant login.please help

A:My admin password changed itself windows 7

Quote: Originally Posted by owe123

hi.i didnt have the password turned on.after restarting computer it asks password and i dont know it cant login.please help

Hi Owe123, Welcome to SF,

You could try to reset you password. This tutorial should help you

Reset User Account Password - Vista Forums

Hope this helps

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ahh! well i forgot my windows xp admin password. its a dell, and its a there is no disk drive. i was readin online on ways of to recover it or somtehing, but i regret not having made a password disk.

i called microsoft, and they told me to call dell.. i called dell...and the guy was trasnfering me somewhere and then it hanged up

so i am here posting now on techsupportofurms hoping a way to fix this

A:forgot windows xp admin password!!!

Try accessing the built-in Administrator account, which should have a default password unless you changed it.

XP Pro - At the logon screen, press ctrl+alt+del twice. For the username type "Administrator" and leave the password blank. You should be able to log in and reset the password for your account.

XP Home - In XP Home, you can only access the built-in admin account from Safe Mode. Reboot into Safe Mode (reboot while tapping F8 repeatedly) and you should be able to access the Administrator account at the login.

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First of all,Im new with Windows 10...
I got this problem a long time ago,I accidentally changed my MS account to Local,and then when I try to log in back as Admin,Its only give me Standard User...
Its happen when I try to install sofware,it says : *Please put the Administrator Password*,
But there no place/space for me type in...
Can someone help me with this problem?
*I hope Im in the right Forum

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I have been trying to figure out a way to be able to recover a lost admin password or create a new one from scratch without knowing the old one, this is not only for me but also for when i work on other peoples machines, i've tried "net user administrator /random" at the command prompt but sometimes that does not work, also i try using ctrl+alt+del twice but that sometimes does not work
do you guys or gals have a solution to this problem?

A:admin password for windows lost

Try Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

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I can access my work account on my laptop (Different Layout for getting through my work day easily) but just got a break from work since its the dead season and cant access my home account which is unfortunatly the admin account. Both accounts are password protected (work one is easy for people that I allow to use the computer for Quick graphics design projects, helping with scheduling looking up info and printing off backups to report logs since not all of us are told the networking info so limited computer use occurs rather than anyone being able to pull up the network) because the laptop sits unsupervised at times but is locked out from some programs, has very restricted internet access and can't get on the admin account to change the password to something like my dogs name or something that will be easy enough for me to stumble across the next time I try using my laptop at home as a better personal computer than what my desktop is. Im mostly getting tired of trying to guess all of my passwords i have used, an occasional number change on some variations and things like that but if there is any log i can pull from my work account or reset it without loosing all the saved passwords from the remember this password feature that would be awsome.

A:windows admin password issue

I have been guessing everything i could think of and still nowhere, kinda wondering if someone at work may have changed it. I am at the point now where i can care less about saving any of my stored passwords but am trying to just get admin status back, tried promoting my work account to admin then was going to erase the old admin account, no luck, tried to reset through security console and no luck. I think my disk is locked in the office though and cant get through the front door unless i get lucky since the offices are closed until march and i only have a key to my office. Tried looking through various logs to see if i could find a pattern to where i could see similarities for tried passwords and what a good one from like 6 months ago was to where i could try cracking it that way but no luck since i cant find a log.

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I restarted my computer because it was acting slow and funny. when i tried to log in to my account the password didnt work anymore. i ended up just rebooting my whole computer. seems to work fine now. however anyone know why this happened? is this some sort of spyware or virus?

A:windows admin password changed

Post exact onscreen error message, please.


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Product Name: P3X7A#ABA
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (32-bit)

see attached

Got this computer on HSN last November didn't open till xmas. In set up thought it was odd I ended up with a sign-on of just using a "pin". Wondered why it didn't take the password I wanted (and have since no recollection of what it was) . Anyway now I realize that it's saved password for the administrator password so when that was needed.

so here I am I keep getting a screen it's telling me wrong password and then having a very frustrating time. needing to get back in the computer so I can fix it as I have a virus .

also just loaded all my important files and data and get his computer and had not gotten to the point of backing up that I was still very much in the initial set up how I wanted things to be .

I am hoping there is a resolved to this without losing everything

A:Admin password lockup Windows 10

Hello HIKER7s,

That error means that you just entered your password incorrectly in netplwiz.

You should be able to click on OK in the error message, then sign in with your correct password. After you are signed in, go back to netplwiz, and start over entering your correct password to stop this.

Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup

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i have an hp windows 8.1 laptop. have forgotten the admin password. there is another account on laptop which allows me to logon but does not have admin rights.

A:windows 8.1 admin password reset

You could try following the instructions here

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I have been using Windows 8 pre-release and lately it asks me for my administrative password to make software installations to my desktop PC....I used the password that I created when I installed Win 8 and it doesn't work. What is the administrative password....I only see my user account on user accounts....admin account not listed. I recently changed the email I was using for windows 8 from a email to a hotmail email I created. I tried the hotmail password and that did not work either????????????

A:What is admin password windows 8 pre release

Hello rggavw8f, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Is your account an administrator account type?
User Account Type - Change in Windows 8
By default, it should be the same password that you use to sign in to that administrator account with.

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After spending about 20 minutes on the phone with a Microsoft consultant to only be told that due to a liabilty and privacy issue, passwords cannot be helped to be removed or changed unless I pay, I decided to see if anyone here could help me.

Heres what is happening:

1. I have not used my PC in about 7 months and completely forgot my Admin password.
2. The only other account is a Limited Account and I tried to make a password reset disc on the Limited but it did not work.

Please, can someone tell me what to do to figure out or change/remove my admin password?
Without reformatting or losing data...

P.S. My hint is NO HELP because I'm known for putting the most random hints (e.g. During the Industrial Revolution, a man named Frederick Darlson created this soon to be American convienence) and that has NOTHING to do with the password unfortunatly...

A:Forgot Windows XP Admin Password...

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Is there any way to login to windows Vista admin login as i forgot the password.Please help

A:Windows VISTA admin password

I don't bekieve they help with getting around passwords


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Hello world!

I just got a new laptop with Win7 64 bit home premium and that's all good that this
OS came installed on there and I'm using it, but for my teaching activities I'll need
to get into some Linux OS in a multiboot configuration. So I will want to eventually
need to be able to fix this when the HD fails, well because we know that ALL HDs
will eventually fail, right? So this is a 'remanufactured' ASUS K55A, and the one piece
of paper that came with it says the HD has been reformatted and there is no recovery
partition so I should promptly make up a recovery DVD set, which I did (4 DVDs).

So I used the disk management to shrink the C: down to it's minimum, like 150Gb, due
to what it said was some files that could not be moved. That's probably OK. Then I
deleted the D: and made a new D: of about 350Gb which leaves the unassigned space
all looking to be contiguous (like 188Gb). In looking on there, I see the UEFI partition
of 200Mb, which is cool, and then there are these two mysterious partitions: a 25Gb
recovery partition with no listing of it's filesystem nor any drive letter, hanging out in
the never never land and not in the early (leftmost) part of the disc, and there is this
protected Q: drive that apparently has MS office on it 'in case' I want to buy it. There
is the 'reduced with ads' MS office already working and that is all I would ever want.

1) In reading up I see there is a lot of headache going around with Win 8 and UEFI but
I believe that UEFI is a goo... Read more

A:Questions: UEFI, restore partition, Q:, install disc, recovery disc

Hi PJ,

You covered several areas, so I'll start with some suggestions:

1. Since you already burnt (and checked?) the recovery DVD's, that recovery partition is no longer required, so you can remove it. Everything you need to restore the computer back to its factory state will be contained on those 4 x DVD's - store them safely.

2. For the Linux distro's, given that this is a UEFI boot, I would run them in a virtual machine using either free VirtualBox or free VMWarePlayer (my personal preference is for the latter).
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

3. If you never plan on using Office, uninstall it, then remove the Q: partition.

You should also consider a clean OEM install at some point - it gets rid of all the bloatware that the OEM's come with:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Lastly, keep this handy if you choose to clean install under UEFI:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with


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