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How to reset the Administrator password?


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#1 Cynthia Moore

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 10:22 AM

I need to reset the Administrator password on one or both of my computers. Both were purchased about 15 years ago. I am pretty sure that I am logged with administrator privileges on both machines. I am able to install and uninstall programs on both machines. But I haven't logged in as the Administrator since they were purchased.

 

I found this site that offers 5 ways to reset the Administrator password.

 

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-tips-to-help-you-reset-a-forgotten-windows-xp-password/

 

Are any of them valid? If so, which ones? If not, can anyone suggest the best way to do this?

 

Thanks


Running Win 10 & Office 365.


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 11:52 AM

Are you taking about the administrator account that you see when booting to safe mode. If you can access this account then you can reset the password on your normal login account. Normally the administrator account shown on safe mode does not have a password associated with it. If you need to reset Administrator and your normal login account has admin rights open a command prompt and type

net user administrator *

When it asks for a password press enter then enter to confirm. This will blank out the Administrator password.






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