Forgotten password?

Trying to fix a forgotten password problem with an emachine laptop running WIndows 7 Home Premium. I've always used a Linux-based free password reset disk available out there on the internet, but am not having luck this time. When booting to windows it lists a users name that isn't in the list of accounts that can be changed when booting to the reset disk. There is also no option to switch user at the log on screen. I've tried booting to safe mode, but still only have the one user name listed and of course I have no disks that originally came with the computer!
Any suggestions?
Thanks!
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gromackAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> Linux-based free password reset disk

I don't know which one you tried, but 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:

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:

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 a charm for me, 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
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Michael HughettICT Field Systems AnalystCommented:
You can also use Yumi to make a boot-able USB stick.  One of the utilities you can put on it it NTpassword reset.  Its command line so read carefully.  It will show you the accounts you can reset.   If you don't see the one you are looking for.  Just enable the administrator account then blank out its password.  Then reboot into windows and you will now see the administrator account available.  You can then log on as administrator and reset the password for the user.

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/
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gromackAuthor Commented:
Didn't realize there was a newer version available, as the one I had didn't have option to unlock disabled account.
I still wasn't able to see the account I was trying to access, but once logged in as admin, I was able to turn other users password off & all is well.
Thanks, again!
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> once logged in as admin, I was able to turn other users password off & all is well

Ah, very nice! You're welcome — glad to help. Regards, Joe
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