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#1 Briansdad

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 11:01 AM

I am trying to help an elderly friend. He has lost/forgotten his Win 10 login. I believe it is the same as his Microsoft login if that helps. I found one program that claims to help but that costs $50. Have any ideas on how I can retrieve his PW? OH, BTW, he can sigh in using his PIN. The password is needed for other reasons, now and in the future. Short term, I am trying to set up some tasks for Windows Scheduler and it won't do it without the PW.

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:57 PM

Helping with passwords has become a bit of a gray area.  There is a forum rule which states "No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures.  But the answers can be found by simply Googling for a solution.  There is one problem that we have, we have no way of knowing if this computer in question actually belongs to the person posting this type of request or represents the owner with their knowledge.  I'm not comfortable with providing suggest on this matter in these situations.

 

The answers are out there, Google is your friend.


Edited by dc3, 18 December 2016 - 04:34 PM.

Family and loved ones will always be a priority in my daily life.  You never know when one will leave you.

 

 

 

 


#3 Briansdad

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 04:02 PM

I was afraid of that. I understand.



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Posted 19 December 2016 - 04:11 AM

  • If there is a Microsoft account, You can always change the password, if to open Microsoft account.
  • If not, use the built-in Administrator account, it is without password.
  • There is also the possibility, if Administrator account not pre-activated and can not log on.
Previously (there are links, how to use this method)
 
There is not any paid or free program that will help you. If you find some anywhere, then it is only for the purpose of obtaining money, but not help anybody.


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 11:43 AM

https://account.live.com/password/reset


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 12:22 AM

There are recovery distros out there that can help reset the password of local accounts. however, I do not know if they help with MS accounts associations. These distros also require you to be functional/knowledgeable in Linux.



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:19 PM

Thanks, everyone.



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:43 PM

Did you solve the problem and if so what was the solution.  Thanks.



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 10:37 AM

No.



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 11:16 AM

I think your only option is to pull any data from the computer either connecting the drive to another computer or using a live linux disk then do a reset using a Windows 10 install disk created from the Media Creation Tool. Windows 10 also allows a reset with the option to keep your personal files but programs would need to be reinstalled.

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/

 

https://www.winhelp.us/repair-your-computer-in-windows-10.html



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 11:23 AM

I agree with JohnC, If this were my computer I would use a Linux Live USB stick and I would reformat the hard drive and then do a clean install of Windows.


Edited by Rocky Bennett, 30 December 2016 - 11:23 AM.

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:42 PM

If you can't recover the password or use software to bypass or guess the password then your only option is to clean install Windows over again.



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 09:03 PM

But, as I said earlier, I can log in with the pin. That has to be worth something.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 09:08 PM

This will help you get the files from the machine Puppy Linux Retrieve windows files.



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 09:13 PM

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Try the following. 

 

Open an elevated command prompt. Press the Windows key + X - cmd as admin

 

type the following command

net user <login name> *

substitute the account name of your friend for <login name> You can see the list of users by typing

net user

It will prompt for a password.  Press Enter

It will confirm. Press Enter

 

This should clear the password.


Edited by JohnC_21, 30 December 2016 - 09:27 PM.





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