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is there a working password reset disk for 8.1??

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#1 jerrymck


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Posted 05 October 2015 - 03:30 PM

One of our clients (in the computer lab) has a single 8.1 computer that is not attached to the domain and we do not know the local account password. Is there a way to retrieve this password. From my experience, OPHCRACK has never worked, and Hirens boot disk does not work either with 8.1.

Any info would is greatly appreciated.

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 05 October 2015 - 03:56 PM

Enable the hidden Administrator Account using this guide. The software shown in the guide has been updated here. You will need to disable SecureBoot in UEFI and also Fastboot/Quickboot if there is an option. You may also need to enable Legacy or CSM boot in UEFI in order for the disk to boot.


I would enable the hidden Administrator Account and use that to change the password of the local account instead of trying to reset the password.


If password is reset on users that have EFS encrypted files, and the system is XP or newer, all encrypted files for that user will be UNREADABLE! and cannot be recovered unless you remember the old password again
 If you don't know if you have encrypted files or not, you most likely don't have them. (except maybe on corporate systems)


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