Perterwang

I forgot my windows 7 password, any help?

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I haven't used my My Hp laptop for 2 years and today when I open it, it pops up a "password login" interface, I can't remember the password and I also don't have a reset disk, any help? Can I recover my or reset my password? It's windows 7, 64bit.

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Hello Perterwang  Welcome to WF!

That's never any fun forgetting what your password is it! At least with Windows you have some options available while a friend's kid managed to forget his for an Android tablet! That will require a total wipe back to factory state once the onboard memory is cleared.

For your situation with 7 as any other version Windows from 2000 newer there are some professional tools available when not being able to boot up in Safe mode where you could actually delete the existing password.. Those are the two methods outlined at the Windows Login Recovery site.  http://www.windowsloginrecovery.com/windows-7-password-recovery.html

For seeing 7 media created on your own you can still download Digital Rivers(MS Laptop disk image files) from a mirror still in operation while the DR site itself was to see a change by MS to a marketing site. Now you will need to select the correct language as well as edition and if your laptop came with SP1 included select the correct SP1 ISO download link. While the pre-SP1 OEM keys will work with or without the service pack the later releases that saw SP1 included will require the service pack be integrated into the image file itself.  http://mirror.corenoc.de/digitalrivercontent.net/

The site is legit there as well as provides torrent files being the downloader that will then connect to the MS servers. You will need a torrent program like BitTorrent or others like the free for Windows 10 options found at the MS online store for any of those to work however.

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There are mainly 3 ways to recover the password:
1. Use live/outlook/hotmail service to reset the password if your singed in with one of them

2. Create a windows reset disk to set the password to blank 

3. Reinstall the OS but the data will be gone in system disk

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Hello grell72  Welcome to WF!

For option one there that would be possible if you logged into the admin or standard user account using an MS account. For just any password being assigned however. Having had the built in hidden system administrator account enabled would allow for another option there.

As for #3 only partially correct since you can see a clean install of Windows on the existing primary without loss depending if this is only a second fresh install to replace the OEM factory install where the Program Files, Program Files(x86), and users folders are packed up into the Windows.old folder. Other non MS folders and files outside of those will be left untouched.

The only time you lose files would be a second clean install or upgrade to repair type install where the Windows.old folder is then found empty having lost program and user account data. There is however a method to recovery available you start off by booting live from the Windows 7 installation, upgrade, or recovery media where you select the Repair tools>command prompt option. The abouttech site has a full set of instructions for each manual step to take seen at  How To Reset a Windows 7 Password

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There are mainly 3 ways to recover the password:
1. Use live/outlook/hotmail service to reset the password if your singed in with one of them

2. Create a windows reset disk to set the password to blank 

3. Reinstall the OS but the data will be gone in system disk

Thank you! These 3 ways you recommend didn't work with me, I used the local account to login my computer and I didn't have a reset disk,  any other suggestion? 

 

 

 

 

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There are mainly 3 ways to recover the password:
1. Use live/outlook/hotmail service to reset the password if your singed in with one of them

2. Create a windows reset disk to set the password to blank 

3. Reinstall the OS but the data will be gone in system disk

In your case, you should make  a bootable reset disk to set the admin account to blank. Then you can enter into the system without password and there is no data loss with this method. If you don't know how to make a reset disk, then here is the details about that: http://www.iseepassword.com/how-to-reset-windows-7-password.html

 

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There are mainly 3 ways to recover the password:
1. Use live/outlook/hotmail service to reset the password if your singed in with one of them

2. Create a windows reset disk to set the password to blank 

3. Reinstall the OS but the data will be gone in system disk

In your case, you should make  a bootable reset disk to set the admin account to blank. Then you can enter into the system without password and there is no data loss with this method. If you don't know how to make a reset disk, then here is the details about that: http://www.iseepassword.com/how-to-reset-windows-7-password.html

 

Thanks, I notice that it needs a USB drive? I think I have to buy one, how much storage do I need to buy? 16G or 8G ?

 

 

 

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You can use the freeware Ophcrack to recover the original password:

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Or use Offline NT Password & Registry Editor to remove the lost password:

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Since you are new here that is simply a friendly reminder to abide by the rules there. Sorry!

 

Did you know you can reset your Windows password while booted live from a Linux distro? On review of several non intrusive guides you may find a bit more helpful and for those familiar with the Linux live distributions at all Ubuntu is one of the more popular for debugging and solving problems in Windows. http://www.wikihow.com/Reset-Your-Windows-7-Password-Without-a-Password-Reset-Disk-or-Windows-CD

 

The MS Answers site had a rather lengthy thread about this where a few posts were moderated for content there too! But there are some interesting references to note if you are still not able to boot into 7. That's provided you haven't by this time decided to grab the free upgrade to Windows 10 before the July 29 expiration date on the free upgrade offer that is. The MS Answers thread can be looked over at:  http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-security/how-do-i-reset-my-forgotten-administrators/945fcc2f-e10c-45ac-9a7f-cd4c328dd063

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Thanks for your friendly reminder! I have seen @grell72 have posted a link above but iseepassword is a paid shareware. Will he/she break the forum rules as well? I just want to let others know there are good alternative freeware out there. Thanks!

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The reason for this is to prevent the older thread here from going too far in a not so good direction. Besides anything you would download there are other alternatives for reset or recovery by use of the Command line. Note this next guide refers to the 7 Home Premium edition since the OP didn't never specified which edition the HP was running and still needs to update the thread again regarding any progress if any made so far.

In order to get past the built in protections MS incorporated into Windows this guide has several steps that would need to be followed. A guide to recovering from Windows 7 Home Premium User Account lost password, cannot login, login problem

 

The last part of the page sums up why the lack of having a reset disk or Windows media doesn't necessarily mean turning to other means? If the OP has a friend with either the 7 dvd of same edition or a reset disk to boot from or could make one up for him on another machine that would be one option while the guide at the MS Answeres site would seem to be a bit more encouraging as far as potentially seeing results.

"None of these recovery methods involve any password cracking.  Whilst such utilities can apparently be found online, any utility capable of doing this might also be doing something else behind your back such as planting malware to subvert the system or steal information.  Protecting your system against such utilities, and others, is discussed briefly in Precautionary measure 6 - Secure your PC." as quoted from MS page.

As for OEM Recovery disks like for a 7 HP Laptop one very familiar programming site offers Windows Recovery and Repair Disk images for just that purpose of rescuing OEM preinstalled copies of Windows.   http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/

With the original Digital Rivers site shutdown some time back OEM ISO downloads are still available on a mirror site. The site is legit and carries the OEM form of ISO disk images you can use to make up live 7 media either for Repair installs or for a seeing a fresh copy of 7 put back on the laptop. The only folders effected by a clean install are those in the Program Files, Program Files(x86), and users folder packed up into the Windows.old folder. Other folders outside of those three MS created folders are left untouched during a clean install if necessary. http://www.mydigitallife.info/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-digital-river/

Where problems have been seen with upgrades to the newer versions(8 swiftly replaced by 8.1 and 10) of Windows some may have gone back to a clean install of the previous version in order to work out a good upgrade to the newer. These see SP1 included so if the laptop was pre-SP1 the OEM product key on the sticker should still work. You can't use an SP1 key on a non SP1 7 install however.

These are some of the alternative options the OP can look over if he replies back. The repair install and full install options of course would be strictly the last resort options for the machine he owns.

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One thing I should add here is in regards to the latest version of Windows 10 you may wan to consider upgrading to. A PC World video published back in February explains how with 10 you no longer have to worry about being locked out forever with the new reset feature in Windows.

I forgot my Windows 10 password!

IDG.TV | Feb 8, 2016

Forgetting your Windows 10 password isn't the disaster it used to be. Windows lets you get back on track with a pretty easy reset process. Here's how it works.

http://www.pcworld.com/video/61943/i-forgot-my-windows-10-password

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