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Forgot Admin PW when I started using login PIN!


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#1 hateway

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 03:41 PM

How can I recover my Admin password since I changed my login to using a 4-digit PIN 2 years ago? I think I've had a brain injury. Win 8.1 using only 1 user account



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 03:44 PM

Login to your account normally using your pin. Open an elevated command prompt. Windows key + X. command prompt as administrator and type the following command.

net user <yourusername> *

It will ask for a new password. Confirm password.

 

Edit: If you hit Enter twice without entering a password the password is cleared.


Edited by JohnC_21, 25 May 2018 - 04:03 PM.


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Posted 25 May 2018 - 04:40 PM

Login to your account normally using your pin. Open an elevated command prompt. Windows key + X. command prompt as administrator and type the following command.

net user <yourusername> *

It will ask for a new password. Confirm password.

 

Edit: If you hit Enter twice without entering a password the password is cleared.

Oddly once I am given the option to change my password, nothing on my bluetooth keyboard will enter characters! I'm not so much worried about the PW on this computer but I just migrated to an iMac and it's asking for the PW & I have no clue what it is. Thank you for your help!



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Posted 25 May 2018 - 04:58 PM

Can  you get access to a USB keyboard? If I am reading your post correctly, are you saying the Mac is asking for a password? The Windows password has no bearing on the Mac password. If you mean Windows is asking for a password in order to Migrate to the Mac then I would borrow a USB keyboard to clear out the password.



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Posted 26 May 2018 - 08:46 AM

Can  you get access to a USB keyboard? If I am reading your post correctly, are you saying the Mac is asking for a password? The Windows password has no bearing on the Mac password. If you mean Windows is asking for a password in order to Migrate to the Mac then I would borrow a USB keyboard to clear out the password.

Thanks, the USB keyboard worked. Yes, when I migrated this user account from windows to a mac, it now shows the user account from windows on the mac & asks for the old windows password that I forgot. Is there a way to crack or change THAT pw on the Mac?



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Posted 26 May 2018 - 09:11 AM

I never had experience moving an account from a PC to a Mac. It's surprising the account password was also transferred. I did find this Apple support page.

 

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202860

 

Edit: An older article on resetting the password in terminal.

 

https://technology.siprep.org/terminal-command-to-change-a-user-password-on-a-mac/


Edited by JohnC_21, 26 May 2018 - 09:57 AM.





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