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Old 06-06-2017, 08:10 PM   #1
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Windows 10 password reset tool?

This is completely up and up.
My bosses father in law passed away. He left a system with windows 10 installed. the account is password protected.
He used and AOL account to sign in.
the system is offline.

We have tried umpteen different combinations of passwords to try to access the system. no sucess.

He believes there may be data there that will be important, pictures etc.
I know there are methods out there to reset the password through bootable media, but i don't want to just randomly try one, to afraid of what they actually may install.
Any suggestions?

I also though about booting into a linux environment and just transferring the data to an hdd.
I have a linux disk somewhere but its old, any suggestions on which distro to use now?
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:30 PM   #2
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

I've had success with Trinity Rescue Kit in the past, but haven't tried it on Windows 10.
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:31 AM   #3
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

You can use the well-known and free Ubuntu Live CD to transfer the files to external hdd for safe backup:
www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

Ubuntu could also be used to reset a forgotten windows password:
https://www.top-password.com/knowled...th-ubuntu.html

Hope this works!
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:02 PM   #4
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

if he didn't use full-disk encryption, just throw linux on a USB drive and liveboot it
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Old 06-09-2017, 01:39 AM   #5
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

Thanks to the suggestions, i will give them a try. First thing will be to transfer files using Ubuntu Live then once they are safe, i will try to reset the password.
May be a few days but will relay the results.
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Old 06-09-2017, 02:15 AM   #6
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

You might need to give this tool a try.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophcrack
https://sathisharthars.com/2014/08/1...ng-kali-linux/
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Old 06-09-2017, 06:03 PM   #7
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

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I also though about booting into a linux environment and just transferring the data to an hdd.
Huh??? The data is already on a hard drive. Pull the hard drive out, and hook it up to your computer using some cable or external enclosure.
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Old 06-10-2017, 08:10 PM   #8
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

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You can use the well-known and free Ubuntu Live CD to transfer the files to external hdd for safe backup:
www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

Ubuntu could also be used to reset a forgotten windows password:
https://www.top-password.com/knowled...th-ubuntu.html

Hope this works!
Having issue accessing the volume because of the way windows was shut down, the hibernation file is prevent mounting by ubuntu.
I googled and tried adjusting the mount options from a configuration page, still no luck
https://www.howtogeek.com/236807/how...rive-on-linux/
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Old 06-10-2017, 08:46 PM   #9
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I wasn't able to crack password,(same issue a i had with Ubuntu Live, hibernation file) but it let me view the contents of the user accounts, didn't find much of importance so i think the next step is just a clean install of windows.
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Old 06-10-2017, 08:47 PM   #10
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Huh??? The data is already on a hard drive. Pull the hard drive out, and hook it up to your computer using some cable or external enclosure.
That was going to be last resort, but discovered using Kali , there is nothing there really, going to clean install windows.
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:25 AM   #11
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

The Trinity Rescue Disk should let you reset the windows password or remove the password completely.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:31 PM   #12
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The Trinity Rescue Disk should let you reset the windows password or remove the password completely.
Ill give it a try and report back
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:11 PM   #13
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

http://www.lsoft.net/bootdisk.aspx


if u can get your hands on a copy of Active@ bootdisk (suite)

it does unlimited amount of stuff they are the makers of killdisk

ive used it for a few years for lots of stuff including password removal with literally 2 buttons to press.
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Old 07-12-2017, 04:00 AM   #14
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

Very easy, works like on all the others.... use a Linux Live DVD....
  1. navigate to c:\windows\system32.
  2. Find the sethc.exe, and name it e.g. "sethc_old.exe".
  3. Copy the cmd.exe and rename it sethc.exe.
  4. Start Windows back up, and click on the help button (or press shift about 5-6 times) and you get an admin cmd prompt.
  5. From there you can use regular commands such as net user to reset the password. Once done delete the sethc.exe and rename the _old one back. Done.
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:57 PM   #15
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

Nevermind, if you are going to clean install windows, you should be able to boot from the windows install disk and overwrite the existing copy of windows. Simply select delete partition(s)
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:57 PM   #16
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Re: Windows 10 password reset tool?

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You can use the well-known and free Ubuntu Live CD to transfer the files to external hdd for safe backup:
www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

Ubuntu could also be used to reset a forgotten windows password:
https://www.tunesbro.com/reset-windows-10-password.html

Hope this works!
Actually, there is no need to install or buy password recovery programs unless you are completely new to computers. You can enable the default admin account and reset password once logged in.
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