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    Windows 8 Password


    I haven't used win 8 since i installed it last month and I can't remember my password. What should I do short of re install? I have a dual boot with win 7.

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    Hello sparhawk, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I would recommend to write down you passwords and keep them somewhere safe for when you need them like now to avoid a reinstall.
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    So your saying I will have to re install? In win 7 i have a text file to most of my passwords...just dropped the ball on this one..
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You could try resetting the password using this.

    Password Reset - Windows 7 Forums
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    Thanks..I'll give your suggestion a trial.
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    Tried using the win 8 install disc and everything seem to go as directed, however when instructions said reboot and a command prompt would come up, didn't happen.

    Can i edit the win 8 registry in win7?
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    See if this may help to boot to a command prompt.

    Command Prompt - Boot to at Startup in Windows 8
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    OK got to the command prompt with the win 8 install disc...navigated to the windows\system32 directory and typed my username after net user then a space and my user name Sparhawk then a space my new password. I get can't find user.

    it looked like this net user Sparhawk rkvkfkr
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    Guessed my password and got in. Would like to get the method you gave to me to work though...thanks

    Edit: Got the message welcome and the spinning circle for a few seconds then got wrong password again.
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    Re-installed....
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