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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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by:uescomp
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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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by:konathala
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Try OPHCRACK, that might help
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by:wasabi3689
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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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