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Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 Fast Boot Startup and File System Restrictions


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#1 msrmoshe

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 11:27 PM

I've always had no issues resetting a windows password if a user forgot the administrator password on Windows 7 and down. Recently I had a user with windows 10 and another one with windows 8 that needed a password reset done and I ran into a problem. Apparently Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 has a feature called fast startup or fast boot that does some sort of minimal hibernation. So when I start up Linux on my usb to change the utilman.exe file to cmd.exe I get an error that I can only mount the drive read-only because the drive is hibernated.

 

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1) If I use Hiren's Boot CD to reset the password will that have a negative effect on the OS or file system ( Meaning, If I change anything in the file system while the OS is in this minimal hibernation state will that corrupt the file system etc..)

2) Is there a way around this (to turn off fast boot even though you are not an administrator)

3) Any other info that could help about how this fast boot / minimal hibernation works

 

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#2 Mallues

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 10:21 PM

When you get to Windows sign-in screen, click the Restart icon and reboot into Hiren's BootCD. A restart might put the hard drive in non-hibernated state. After resetting the system password, you might lose all saved passwords in your browsers, outlook, etc.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 09:08 AM

Thank you, It worked!






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