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Windows 8 Local account Password reset
I have a problem one of our client have forgotten their password for a local account, running windows 8. I have tried many different password recovery/reset tools but still no joy could you advise?
Microsoft Legacy OS
8/22/2022 - Mon
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I used this recently to reset the admin password on a W7/64-bit system, and the docs says it supports up to W8.1 (although I haven't personally tried it on W8):
Note these points from the Overview:
o This is a utility to reset the password of any user that has a valid local account on your Windows system.
o Supports all Windows from NT3.5 to Win8.1, also 64 bit and also the Server versions (like 2003, 2008, 2012)
o You do not need to know the old password to set a new one.
o It works offline, that is, you have to shutdown your computer and boot off a CD or USB disk to do the password reset.
o Will detect and offer to unlock locked or disabled out user accounts!
o 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:
I haven't tried any of these other ideas, since PogoStick worked perfectly for me, and I also don't know which ones support W8, but I'm passing them along for your consideration. In one of the threads, the author said, "Trinity Rescue Kit [the last link above]...worked perfectly!" Regards, Joe
Windows 8 (and 8.1) local accounts come in 2 flavours. There are true local accounts and then Microsoft Live associated accounts. For a true local account you can use any Windows password reset tool such as
. For an account associated with a Microsoft Live account you will need to reset the password online here
I believe this long standing security hole in Windows may have been finally patched by Microsoft - generally a good thing, but slightly annoying right now as I was currently relying on it to reset a Windows 8 local user password.
Now when you click the Command Prompt you need to enter the password. So this approach is no longer going to work to reset a forgotten password.
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