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Cannot Remember User Password

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#1 raptured


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Posted 19 July 2011 - 01:16 PM


I cannot remember a password I had set on Windows 7. The user is set to have administrative privileges. How can I reset the password without losing any data. When testing on another machine, i went into local users and groups, right click and it gives me the option to reset password, but a message comes up to say that i might lose information if I reset the password this way:(

How do I go about restoring my password with not losing any indormation and setting?

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 03:25 PM

In those cases I believe that it is just warning you that it "may" happen but in my experiences it has not affected the settings or information in anyway that I have come across. are there multiple local admins on that computer that is having the issues?

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 03:26 PM


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Posted 19 July 2011 - 03:31 PM

Only encrypted stuff is not accessible after resetting a password using this method:

To keep protected information secure, after a password is reset on a local user account, some types of information are no longer accessible, including the following:

  • E-mail that is encrypted with the user's public key
  • Internet passwords that are saved on the computer
  • Files that the user has encrypted

If you want to avoid this type of data loss, do not reset a user's password. When you create a new local user account, have the user create a password reset disk. Then, if the user forgets the password, the password reset disk can be used to reset the password without data loss. If a user forgets the password to a domain user account, the password must be reset manually.

For more information about what you should know before you reset a password, search Help and Support for the topic "What are the risks of resetting a password?"

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