Solved How do I keep new password using old system image?

Lenovo 3000 n200
November 13, 2015 at 10:50:48
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel Pentium
I want to restore from an old restore point that includes a system image. Since then I changed my admin password and cannot remember the old one. If I do the restore will it restore the old password or can I preserve the new one?

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#1
November 13, 2015 at 19:40:50
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Exhaustive googling has shown that using system restore will revert the password to what it was for that restore point. As a matter of fact that's the recommended method to use when you've forgotten the current password but remember the old one. Of course under those circumstances you have to boot from the disk in order to start system restore.

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#2
November 14, 2015 at 00:51:48
Many thanks. I did suspect that this is the case but what do I do if I can't remember the old password? I'm not very good with computers so don't understand the last bit of your comment. I am restoring from a backup that is more than a year old, before I had various problems. What is booting from the disk? I made some repair and system image disks when I got the laptop but that was nearly three years ago so do you mean these?

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#3
November 14, 2015 at 06:10:24
If you don't remember the old password, there's no sense in restoring the old image no matter how you do it. You could always back up your important stuff and reinstall the OS from scratch. If you want to post the problems you're having, perhaps someone can help you resolve them so you don't have to reinstall anything.

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#4
November 14, 2015 at 12:41:03
When I said 'boot from the disk' I meant a windows 7 installation disk or maybe a restore/recovery disk if available.

I believe all those lenovo laptops have a 'care' button you push while starting it up to access the restore partition to do a factory restore. If it still has the original drive and the partition hasn't been deleted then you can restore it that way. Of course you'd lose all your files and software installed since then as it would be the way it was when new. There's some info in my # 1 here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...


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#5
November 15, 2015 at 00:27:46
Many thanks. My main problem has been an intermittent one with the laptop hanging at shutdown. Can't find any particular program causing it. I have had a technician look at the machine and found various errors on the event viewer that should not be there. As the machine is nearly 3 years old and probably has a load of crap on it she suggested the best thing was to start from the beginning, but I just wanted to try first an old restore point from just before the problems started to save having to reload everything and dealing with a mass of updates.

Thank you both for all your help.


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#6
November 15, 2015 at 01:55:58
Yeah that could get tiresome. Doing a factory restore would have all the original software--not just windows--but of course not any updates since then.

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