"Forgot" brand new Windows 7 password
Posted on 2012-09-17
I booted a Win7 computer for the first time so that I could repartition the HD and install CentOS Linux. That worked. However, I tried to go back into Window and it says my user name or password is wrong. (My user name is wrong? I don't type that in...)
I very much doubt I forgot the password. I used a trivial "default" password and also made the hint the password (I think). (The concept is the actual user is supposed to change the password.) I'm a fairly good typist and my right hand never left home. My left hand moved to press the TAB key but it is very unlikely that I missed returning to home since I don't raise the heel of my hand to move my pinky over to press TAB.
What I think is wrong is the user name. I used an apostrophe because that is part of the company name. I have no clue about the name of the user. I don't even know if there will be a user or if they will ever need to boot to Windows (instead of Linux). (It's going to be a portable Linux based applications server for a small portable LAN.) But sometimes that is necessary on notebook computers to debug a h/w issue.
Anyway, my guess is that a name like Foobar's is causing the problem.
I don't know what to do about it. This is a pre-loaded computer, from Acer, and doesn't have a Windows CD.