Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An easier way to recover a lost Windows 7 password

Yesterday, I posted about how I successfully used Bauer Puntu to recover a "mislaid" Windows 7 user password.
In getting the netboot back into operation I activated the Adminstrator account by opening a Command Prompt as Adminstrator and input this command

net user administrator /active:yes

Then, in Control Panel>User Accounts, I set a easy-to-remember password for this account ("admin" -- what else?)
Now, the next time the user loses her password, I can login as Adminstator and change the users password without needing to know what the old one was.
However, this method won't work for changing a lost Administrator password as you need this both to login and before changing the password.

Now, while Bauer Puntu is totally free and based on Ubuntu Linux, almost immediately after using it yesterday to get the user back online after the unfortunate loss of her password, Microsoft Security Essentials picked up and removed this trojan: HackTool:Win32/Keygen.
Now, Bauer Puntu is a hacking tool which includes the word Keygen in it's title at least in its 10.10 incarnation.
MSE got rid of this for me so I wouldn't be afraid to use Bauer Puntu again if needed, but I'd run a full virus scan immediately afterwards.
Just sayin'

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