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    Forgot Administrator Password


    Hello. I have a serious issue. My dad has forgot Administrator Password for our Windows 8 account, but we have access to a non-admin account. Is reinstalling Windows the only way? It's a local account.

    I have no recovery disc, no password reset disc. How to recover Administrator password?

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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
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    Windows 8


    We can't access administrator account.
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    Windows 8


    If i do a refresh, will it remove the passwords?
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    Bumping this.

    Tried Hiren Boot CD, tried password changer, nothing worked. I found out that on UEFI you can't boot from USB.

    Seriously help!
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by dusmuvecis333 View Post
    Bumping this.

    Tried Hiren Boot CD, tried password changer, nothing worked. I found out that on UEFI you can't boot from USB.

    Seriously help!
    Try enabling boot menu in boot settings in bios.
    It will assign an F-key to press on restart splash screen.

    Insert a usb drive & restart.
    Press the assigned F-key.

    Choose the usb to boot from.
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    BUMP. Help me!
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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by dusmuvecis333 View Post
    I found out that on UEFI you can't boot from USB.
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    To Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive using Free Program "Rufus".
    - Connect your USB flash drive.
    - Click/tap on the browse icon and select your Windows 8/8.1 64-bit ISO image file.
    - Under Partition scheme and target system type, select GPT partition scheme for UEFI Computer
    - Under File system, select FAT32

    Quote Originally Posted by dusmuvecis333 View Post
    If i do a refresh, will it remove the passwords?
    You can't do a refresh if you don't know the administrator password (see screenshot below).

    Click image for larger version

    But you can do a reset even if you don't know the administrator password and a reset will remove the administrator password.

    Reset Windows 8

    This will show you how to use a new feature in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to reset your PC to completely start over back to default to remove all personal data, apps, and settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows. This is like doing a factory restore/recovery on a purchased computer or clean install, but a little faster.
    Note: If you have an OEM computer with preinstalled Windows 8/8.1 -> How to Reset your PC without a DVD or USB bootable media, even if you don't know the administrator password.
    Last edited by genet; 14 Mar 2014 at 23:44. Reason: added picture
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