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Windows 7 Password recovery and OS mirrored drives

A new client called today and asked if I could recover there password on a Win 7 machine with mirrored drives on a workgroup.  The last tech they called tried to use a Password Recovery tool but it did not work.  He told them it was because the drives where mirrored.  If I use the "Sticky Key" solution or tried copying cmd.exe to another program using Ubuntu or a Windows PE disk do I run the risk of data corruption?
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8/22/2022 - Mon
John

If they forgot the password and if the admin account remains enabled as it should be, then you cannot recover it with Windows itself.

Some people have had success with PogoStick but I have not tried it myself.

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
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Thank you for the advise. I am supposed to be at the client on Tuesday. I will update everyone after. I will also download Pogostick and play around with it before I go. I too, was thinking about removing one disk and acting as if there was a disk failure.  Then I could use either Pogostick or windows repair + copy cmd.exe to easy access or stickykeys to fix it.
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If the default local Administrator account was never used or modified then you can also try booting up the machine in Safe Mode as this will enable the account. The password is blank by default.
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I will try that as well. Thank you
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My Sticky Key/Utilman/Magnifyer are the same thing.  I've used it before with success.Thanks for the info on Pogostick.
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Rob G

I used/use KonBoot which works fine with most versions of windows, though it will not display the previous password, it will allow you to login as an admin and change the previous password to something else, so that you can log into the system.

I believe the x86 version.. windows Xp and prior is free, while the x64 version vista and newer is a paid version.

I would look into that.. It does work, and is a great tool for any office admin..
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Went to the client yesterday. Windows repair would not boot to Advanced Repair options. Pogostick could not load it's kernal. Both options where tried with a USB and CD.  Told client they need to rebuild the PC. Managed to get a data backup using a Ubuntu distro. Thanks to all for their help.
McKnife

Ok, for the next time: "utilman.exe" is the most reliable method and it can be used right awy from any setup (win7/8.x).
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Went to the client yesterday. Windows repair would not boot to Advanced Repair options. Pogostick could not load it's kernal. Both options where tried with a USB and CD.  Told client they need to rebuild the PC. Managed to get a data backup using a Ubuntu distro. Thanks to all for their help.  Clearly there was an underlying issue. Rather than waste client $'s futzing around a rebuild of what is essentially a data store makes the most sense.