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How to get a lost password in Windows 7?

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I have a Windows 7 home edition. I set up an administrative protected account. But I lost the password for it

Do you know any method I can restore this password without reformatting the PC and damaging this user account?
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I use a program called ophcrack.  It can be downloaded from here:

you will need to burn the .ISO to a CD and then boot from it.  It is all GUI based and fairly easy to use.  You will want the ophcrack live CD for Vista which should work with Windows 7.
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Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

 
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by:konathala
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Try OPHCRACK, that might help
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Can I burn the the .ISO to a USB memory stick, instead CD? boot from USB stick?
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by:cjrmail2k
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if the usb key is made bootable.
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There are a few ways to do it.

Hard:
If you have the installation CD, you can boot in to windows PE( pre installation enviroinment) where you can change the password or reset the current password.

Easy:
If you already have another account with administrator priviledges, log in, right click on my computer>manage>users and accounts>right click on the account you want and set new password.
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all this without any potentialy dangerous software :o!!
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all ways you suggest must be without changing the original password for this account
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by:dufyd
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you can change the password without changing anything else on the account. If what you want is to recover the password you are out of luck.
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You can cahnhe the password without problem, from a boot CD. Since EFS is not abled on windows 7 home edition, I see no reason why one could not reset the password.

Of cause recovering the password (why) is a different matter.

Regarding the reset, pick your solution here:

http://4sysops.com/archives/three-ways-to-reset-a-windows-vista-admin-password/

Btw. next time create a password reset disk. This is a new feature since vista, also mentioned in the URL.

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What I want "without changing the original password for this account" means, for example, if the password is ABCD, I don't want to reset it, I just want to know what it's.
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I agree with Tolomir, it seems you are trying to gain access to a computer that is not yours.
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The solutions are close to what I want. It works but I have to reset the password. If I don't need to reset the password, that is even better solution.
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