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I can't remember my windows password - I can still get into my NEC 6050mx laptop, but would like to solve this
Where can I find the file to reset the password
Thanks
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Question by:ulall
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by:smeebud
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lOOK HERE:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\RemoteAccess\Profile\YOUR ISP NAME]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ProfileReconciliation]
"ProfileDirectory"="C:\\WINDOWS\\Profiles\\YOUR PASSWORD"
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by:ulall
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sorry
I looked - there is no windows/profiles directory on my machine
Indeed, I searched for profile and did not find anything similar to the suggestion
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j2 earned 50 total points
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locate any file called YOURUSERNAME.PWL (ie: j2.pwl) or similar.. and delete them.
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by:ulall
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Thanks - I found it
The follow up question is - if I do want a password , How do I set it up
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by:gidonl
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If your using Dial-up Networking and you probably are ther`s alwyas the anoynig password window though u can submit a blank password (enter) and the login won`t ask u again
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by:andyalder
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I found this very useful even though it was six or so years ago. Deleting the .PWL file removes any saved passwords and makes the system prompt for them again. It's not a crack but just uncaches the passwords, don't think it should be deleted.
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by:andyalder
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Which clause of the MA? Learning passwords certainly is bad but removing them from cache so they can be entered again? I can't see that is wrong.
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by:andyalder
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modulo,

>I was pointed to this question by an expert stating about this question "this could be my laptop that was stolen"

Then that expert doesn't know Windows 95. The question title may be about a lost win95 password but although windows 95 has login passwords (if they are enabled) they offer no security since pressing cancel at login gives complete access to the system so removing the cached passwords poses no security risk.

If it were their stolen laptop then removing any .PWL file would be doing them a favour, the password file could very well contain cached credentials for remote systems and removing this file would remove any possibility of the thief compromising those systems. Community Support do the equivalent thing every day, when a user says they have problems logging into EE the first thing you suggest is to delete the login cookie.

>Guess that's the problem we have without knowing who's posting the Q and can't be solved easily....

There is no need to know who is asking the question since there is no security compromise, you will note that Microsoft provide instructions to remove the .PWL file in http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;182106 and in many other documents and Microsoft do not provide password cracks. They don't provide info on how to extract passwords out of the .PWL (since that would be a crack) and nor does the answer to this question. Again, removal of a .PWL is no more a password crack than fdisk and format.

>BTW how did you "find" this question as you didn't participate in it ?

There are many old questions I get notifs on that I have no recollection of subscribing to; maybe in the past I was looking through smeebud or j2's old answers and subscribed to a few. Maybe I was just being nosey.
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