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If I lose my fingers, then what?

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    JohnAskew

    Ok. I forgot my password. Windows 7 Ultimate.

    I'm going to blame biometrics for my memory problem, but that's not the point.

    Good thing I still remember my fingerprints... I can log in but I cannot reset my password since I don't remember the old one.

    Any suggestions? (Besides deserved criticism).

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    blowdart

    @JohnAskew:Are you an admin on the machine? You could

    1. Right click on my computer and choose manage
    2. Expand System Tools
    3. Expand Local Users and Groups
    4. Click the users folder
    5. Right click on the user and choose "Set Password"

    However if you've been using EFS you are going to lose your encryption certificate. So back that up first!

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    davewill

    Create a new Admin account.  Then login with that and use computer management to reset the other account's password.

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    davewill

    @blowdart: Neat.  I didn't realize you could reset the same account currently in use.

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    blowdart

    , davewill wrote

    @blowdart: Neat.  I didn't realize you could reset the same account currently in use.

    I don't believe there's any restriction.

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    evildictait​or

    Open up CMD.exe

    Type "net user *"

    Type in your new password and press ENTER

    Type it in a second time and press ENTER

    Congratulations, your password has been changed.

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    JohnAskew

    @blowdart: Ah! Much thanks and praise!

    Hope make it home with my fingerprints intact.

    BTW, thanks for your WCF callback project, helped me out.

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    blowdart

    , JohnAskew wrote

    BTW, thanks for your WCF callback project, helped me out.

    Wow, that's old Smiley Glad it helped.

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    JohnAskew

    , evildictaitor wrote

    Open up CMD.exe

    Type "net user *"

    Type in your new password and press ENTER

    Type it in a second time and press ENTER

    Congratulations, your password has been changed.

    That's so easy I'm nervous about it.

    This works? Only need be local Admin?

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    evildictait​or

    @JohnAskew: Don't even need to be admin if I remember correctly.

    It works because you are already signed in. Of course if you weren't signed in it would be somewhat less trivial to change your password.

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    magicalclick

     

    Imo, it should always require admin password even if I logged in with my password. It is possible a guest is going to mess up my account if I don't log off, that's terrible.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    evildictait​or

    , magicalclick wrote

     

    Imo, it should always require admin password even if I logged in with my password. It is possible a guest is going to mess up my account if I don't log off, that's terrible.

    For the record you can't do this from the guest account, although, yes, if you give your laptop to a friend with you logged in then all bets are off.

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    magicalclick

    @evildictaitor:

    WP7 is better. If you have a password, you have to enter the password if you want to remove or change it. No more  password reset pranks when you let them play your games.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    Sven Groot

    @evildictaitor: That's bizarre. Trying to change your password via ctrl-alt-del requires the current one. Why wouldn't net user do the same? Seems like a pretty big oversight.

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    AndyC

    @Sven Groot: Net User is doing the same thing as resetting the password via the users control panel, which means it also suffers in that it will break access to EFS encrypted files and so on. What's more annoying really is that a fingerprint swipe can't be used in the ctrl+alt+delete method if you've forgotten what the actual underlying password actually is.

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    Ion Todirel

    nevermind

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