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What can I do if I forgot my Windows password?

I have a friend who bought a new Win7 computer, and he set it up with a new (admin) account and password, and now when he tries to log in with the password he set he gets "The password you have typed is incorrect, check spelling/caps etc..."

Since it seems to have set a different password on that account, and that is the only account on the machine, there is no way to log in, so standard password-recovery tools like Cain&Abel or Ophcrack won't work.

Are there any ways to reset a password without being logged in?

EDIT: Duplicate realized, see @Paul 's comment. Voting to close.

EDIT #2: It was a misspelled password; he was able to recreate the misspelling and log in to change the password back

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marked as duplicate by Paul, slhck, Nate Koppenhaver, studiohack Nov 27 '11 at 0:29

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If your installation doesn't have drive encryption enabled, you can use this tool to "clear" the passwd for the account, it can be downloaded as a LiveCD

Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor, Bootdisk / CD http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/bootdisk.html

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