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local administrator password forgotten

hi experts,

 my workstation lost it's trust with the domain. I need to logon locally but I forgot what I reset my local admin password to. How can I reset it?
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give ntoffline a shot.
http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
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i clicked on the link and it's asking me for authentication.
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easy way is use ERD commander and there is also sticky way
Hi Frank,

I used this recently to reset the admin password on a W7/64-bit system:
http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

Note these points from the Overview:

This is a utility to reset the password of any user that has a valid local account on your Windows system.
Supports all Windows from NT3.5 to Win7, also 64 bit and also the Server versions (like 2003 and 2008)
You do not need to know the old password to set a new one.
It works offline, that is, you have to shutdown your computer and boot off a CD or USB disk to do the password reset.
Will detect and offer to unlock locked or disabled out user accounts!
There is also a registry editor and other registry utilities that works under linux/unix, and can be used for other things than password editing.

It worked perfectly for me. I burned a CD of it and keep it around in my bag of tricks.

Also, I've been on other threads here at EE where I recommended PogoStick, but other experts had these different suggestions:

http://www.howtogeek.com/96805/how-to-reset-your-windows-password-without-an-install-cd

http://www.top-password.com/knowledge/reset-directory-services-restore-mode-password.html

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com

http://trinityhome.org/Home/index.php?content=TRINITY_RESCUE_KIT____CPR_FOR_YOUR_COMPUTER

I haven't tried any of these other ideas, since PogoStick worked perfectly for me, but am passing them along for your consideration. In one of the threads, the author said, "Trinity Rescue Kit [the last link above]...worked perfectly!"

Update: As I was writing this, I noticed that xxdcmast already gave you the PogoStick link. I just clicked on it (in Firefox) and the page came up fine. Maybe your browser is blocking it, but I can tell you that PogoStick itself is not asking for authentication. But if you can't get to it, then try one of the other techniques above. Regards, Joe
this worked, I then rejoined it to the domain. totally forgot about cache password.
This worked BEAUTIFULLY!!!