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Is it possible to reset a forgotten Windows 7 encrypted file system's local admin password and enable the account?

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Is it possible to reset a forgotten Windows 7 encrypted file system's local admin password and enable the account?  Thanks for your help
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by:Davis McCarn
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Are we talking about the built-in EFS or a 3rd party?  If so, what is the encryption software's name?
And be real careful!  The entire filesystem is encrypted with that password so, if we change it willy nilly, its gone.
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by:Gary Case
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No, not unless the encryption certificate was backed up and you have access to that backup.
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by:gloyola1
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Encryption software is Check Point Endpoint Security - R73.  I ran the encryption software with my username when it was on the domain but now it is off the domain.  So I don't think resetting the Local Admin password would cause any issues.  If it does I will re-image the laptop.  Just trying to avoid re-imaging unless it is my last option.  Thanks
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Unless you have the key, modern encryption is virtually unbreakable (without extensive cryptographic equipment and massive resources to break it (e.g. NSA, CIA, etc.).   For all intents and purposes it's not retrievable without the key ... so I'd just re-image the system.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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Did you really forget the password or could it be the case that you've typed it with CAPS or NUM lock on maybe?

If you remember your password as: Password123

Then with CAPS: pASSWORD123

or with NUM: *assw6rd123

Just a thougt...
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Thanks for the explanations
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