I forgot adminstaror pass word how can I get around it

November 18, 2012 at 16:45:37
Specs: Windows 7

I can not remember my adminstrator password what can I do ???

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#1
November 18, 2012 at 16:54:12

Sorry, but we cannot help you. Contact the computer manufacturer and be prepared to prove ownership.

The problem we have is that it is impossible to verify that you have legitimate access to the computer in question and it is impossible to prevent such information from being used for illegal purposes.


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#2
November 18, 2012 at 17:44:32

Do a google search for forgot the administrator's password. The 1st hit will show you the way.

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#3
November 19, 2012 at 07:25:07

@riider

Read #1 from LMiller7 !!!
In your posting, you could have described directly, how to crack the admin password.

We don't help on lost passwords, are we?


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#4
November 19, 2012 at 11:13:29

"In your posting, you could have described directly, how to crack the admin password."

Yes, I could have, but I didn't. I didn't provide an explanation or a direct link to any site. All I did was provide a clue.


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#5
November 19, 2012 at 11:30:12

Anyway, you can't verify the legitimate access, can you?

Imagine, it is your laptop, that one is trying to crack the password for.


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#6
November 19, 2012 at 14:15:52

riider... I value your opinions and your help on this forum because they are usually informative and straight to the point however I question your assistance in providing password help and paulsep (#5) makes a valid comment!

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#7
November 19, 2012 at 16:19:45

"Anyway, you can't verify the legitimate access, can you?"

No more that you can verify illegitimate access. Are you the type that only looks for the bad in people? lol

"Imagine, it is your laptop, that one is trying to crack the password for"

I don't use an admin password because I know the security (or lack of) is a joke.


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#8
November 19, 2012 at 19:56:23

"No more that you can verify illegitimate access. Are you the type that only looks for the bad in people? lol"

Oh, come on.
Let's end this!

And btw., whether you're using admin password or not, isn't the case here.
You are right in case, when someone has physical access to the pc, otherwise, you're wrong.


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#9
November 20, 2012 at 05:06:07

"All I did was provide a clue."

And you think that is a responsible thing to do? Helping people break passwords, whether directly or indirectly, is not something that I think these forums should host. It's much the same as pointing them to illegal software downloads, helping them to circumvent security restrictions, or doing their homework for them.

It's just the poster showing off how clever he is. The clever ones are those who know the answers to these questions but hold their counsel.


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#10
November 20, 2012 at 16:11:26

Laptops were mentioned above. The computer in question may or may not be a laptop. This question is concerning a Windows password. This is not in the same category as a laptop BIOS or hard drive password.

I fully agree with the standard answer for help with a Laptop BIOS or hard drive password.

If the computer is in fact a laptop, then all the current holder of the unit has to do is re-install Windows to make the unit usable. If the unit were stolen then that is most likely what they would want to do. So, following that logic, a request for help with a Windows password is more likely to be legitimate.

Justin Weber has stated there may be legitimate reasons for a poster needing some assistance with passwords.

gena, can you login with a regular user password or is this your only Windows password?


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#11
November 20, 2012 at 23:31:59

Or it could be someone trying to hack a company computer. Or it could be a kid trying to bypass restrictions put in place by a school or parent. Or it could be ....

The fact is that we just cannot tell whether a request is genuine or whether it is someone trying to access a computer that they shouldn't. And when it is an Administrator password that is being asked for the problem is compounded. We should not assume that the only person reading the thread is the OP.

The only responsible answer is to make no assumptions whatsoever and to decline to answer the question.


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#12
November 21, 2012 at 06:11:24

Hey,

OtheHill asked me to look at this thread.

His beliefs about my position are accurate. I really have no position one way or the other. I leave it up to the individual members to decide if they want to answer or not. Unless its absolutely clear the user is trying to hack another computer, there could be legitimate reasons for needing to recover a password.

I realize some feel that, since we can never know, we should never give it. However, the information is so readily available on the Internet, I don't feel its Computing.Net's job to police the information itself.

I've thought a long time about this, its just not cut and dried enough to have a policy.

Justin


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#13
November 21, 2012 at 15:54:33

Justin,

you're right, there are enough infos available on the internet about that.
But if we start helping on password cracking, we might help someone, to hack company's IT (servers, computers, wlans or whatever.

First, we have no idea, what are this infos are used for and secondly, who else reads our postings.

This in NOT a hacker forum, right?


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#14
November 21, 2012 at 16:04:23

My feeling isw that we NOT help with BIOS or hard drive passwords. Use your own best judgement with Windows passwords.

In #10 above I asked to OP if they could login to any user acount. If they normally don't access an administrator account I can see where they would forget the password.


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#15
November 21, 2012 at 17:58:22

paulsep,

Sure, I agree with you, that's why I wouldn't help myself. I also would remove blatantly obvious ones. However, I don't want to impose my judgement on other people. If someone says they got a laptop at a garage sale and there is a BIOS password, could it be stolen? Sure. However, that doesn't seem all that likely to me. The context and tone of the question can also tell a user a lot. To me, its not so cut and dried. That's why I'm not going to just impose a policy from the top down on this one. Trust me, I've gone back and forth on it. I understand the other side. I just have come down on this side.

Justin


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#16
November 22, 2012 at 01:03:40

Well, my view would be that by pointing people towards this sort of information (even if it is easily found elsewhere) the danger is that it is becoming a hacker forum. It is not only the OP (who may or may not be legitimate) who reads the responses or searches the forums for this sort of information. Information posted here is available to anyone who cares to look. To my mind the only responsible policy is "no help with password problems".

But I accept that the site owners think differently, and I suppose the same arguments could be applied to doing people's homework, supplying them with software keys, and pointing them to downloads of copyright material. All of these things can be found fairly easily on the Internet, and there could be genuine reasons why people ask - why not help them with these sorts of problem? So I'll hold my counsel and not worry about these things.


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#17
November 22, 2012 at 05:29:59

ijack,

I tend to disagree with you that there could be legitimate reasons for things such as doing people's homework.

Either way, people can report whatever they think is bad. I then can judge and decide to remove it. Its generally worked well so far. That's all I'm saying :)

Justin


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#18
November 22, 2012 at 06:33:23

Justin,

yepp, I understand.
Everyone here, has his own point of view on this.
I agree with ljack.
No help on password, links to illegal stuff, software keys aso.

And this discussion points, that we do not have to discuss this again.
Everyone has to make his own decision on that.

No problem for me!
I only thought, this kind of postings has to be placed in other forums, not in computing.net.

Anyway, I can live with it.


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#19
November 22, 2012 at 11:28:49

Hey,

Thanks for the understand!

My thinking is always evolving anyway. I may end up changing my mind based upon how bad these types of requests get.

Justin


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