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How to see what my password is

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    How to see what my password is


    I used netplwiz to uncheck "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" a while ago. So I can boot my Win 8.0 laptop fine. But I forgot the password. Is there a way to see what the password is?

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    Run: Regedit and go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    On the RHS, look for: DefaultPassword
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    The DefaultPassword string value won't be there unless it was manually added to the registry along with the password like in Option Two below.

    Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup


    skyzoomer,

    User passwords are encrypted by default in Windows, so you will not be able to view them. Instead, you will only be able to change or remove a user's password.

    Since you don't know what the password is, you could remove it if this is for a local account and not a Microsoft account. Afterwards, you could create a new password, and redo netplwiz to setup automatic sign in again.
    If this is for a Microsoft account, then you could reset it's password online.
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Run: Regedit and go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    On the RHS, look for: DefaultPassword
    Took a look. No DefaultPassword line in right pane.

    Thanks,
    Skyzoomer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    The DefaultPassword string value won't be there unless it was manually added to the registry along with the password like in Option Two below.

    Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup


    skyzoomer,

    User passwords are encrypted by default in Windows, so you will not be able to view them. Instead, you will only be able to change or remove a user's password.

    Since you don't know what the password is, you could remove it if this is for a local account and not a Microsoft account. Afterwards, you could create a new password, and redo netplwiz to setup automatic sign in again.
    If this is for a Microsoft account, then you could reset it's password online.
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Am trying your suggestions listed in the "local account" link.

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    In option-1 step-2 when I click "Change your password", a message says:
    • "The password you signed in with is different from your password for your Microsoft account. Sign in again using your current password,k or reset it."

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    In option-2 step-5, there is no option to "Change the password". The only options listed are:
    • Set up Family Safety
    • Change the account type
    • Manage another account

    I wonder if this is because for the user account, it says I'm the administrator:
    • My Name
    • xxxx@hotmail.com
    • Administrator
    • Password protected.

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    In option-3 step-4, I get the message that says:
    • "Resetting this password might cause irreversible loss of information for this user account. Windows protects certain information by making it impossible to access if the password is reset."

    Any idea how that will that affect me if I continue the procedure?
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    Thanks,
    Skyzoomer
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    You have a Microsoft account since it has an email address, so the local account option will not be available for you.

    That loss would only be if you have anything encrypted with EFS. Changing or resetting the password breaks access to anything encrypted by EFS. If you don't have any files or folders encrypted by EFS, then you have nothing to worry about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You have a Microsoft account since it has an email address, so the local account option will not be available for you.

    That loss would only be if you have anything encrypted with EFS. Changing or resetting the password breaks access to anything encrypted by EFS. If you don't have any files or folders encrypted by EFS, then you have nothing to worry about.
    Brink, you are a treasure! I'll continue with option-3 this evening.

    Thanks,
    Skyzoomer
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    You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
    In option-3 step-7, I enter a new password twice and click OK. I get the message that says:

    • "The following error occurred while attempting to set the password for user "myusername".
    • The system is not authoritative for the specified account and therefore cannot complete the operation. Please retry the operation using the provider associated with this account. If this is an online provider please use the provider"s online site.


    In option-5, I open cmd as administrator. Then in step-3 I get:

    • System error 8646 has occurred.
    • The system is not authoritative for the specified account and therefore cannot complete the operation. Please retry the operation using the provider associated with this account. If this is an online provider please use the provider"s online site.


    In option-5 step-4 I get the exact same error messages as in option 5 step-3 above.

    Any other ideas?
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    See if you area able to reset your Microsoft account password online using step 2 and 5 in OPTION TWO below.

    Microsoft Account Password - Change or Reset in Windows 8

    Afterwards, you'll need to redo netplwiz to enter your new password.

    Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup
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