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Password Forgotten on Windows 8 Laptop

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I've had this happen in the past and was able to resolve it with Mini XP.  

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_28189945.html#a39800801

The problem I'm having on this system is that when Mini XP loads I don't have any options for running any of the included programs on the disk.  I'm stuck.
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You can use the old trick with ease of access switched by cmd. No need for additional software: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/reset-password-windows-8.htm

HTH,
Dan
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Can I do this using the command line in Mini XP?
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If you can navigate to your Windows installation, yes.
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Worked like a charm once I was able to get the machine to boot to the CD.  Windows security continues to be a joke.  Thanks for your prompt help!
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by:Dan Craciun
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About any system's security is a joke if you have physical access to it. They were designed like this, so a lost password is not world-ending.

If you don't want anyone (including you!) to be able to get into your system without your password, go with full disk encryption.

Glad I could help.

Dan
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FDE is running on my Mac.  I feel it would be to slow to run on the Windows boxes.  Largest CPU is 2.0 Core 2 Duo.  

I'll make sure to keep the password stuck safely to the bottom of the Mac.
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by:McKnife
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"Windows security continues to be a joke" come on. That joke is on you because you did not encrypt the machine. If encrypted, all resetting tools would fail.
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