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How would I change the password of Windows 7 using the command prompt if the existing password isn't known, but I have admin rights?

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Use the "net user" command.

C:\>net user /?
The syntax of this command is:

[username [password | *] [options]] [/DOMAIN]
         username {password | *} /ADD [options] [/DOMAIN]
         username [/DELETE] [/DOMAIN]
         username [/TIMES:{times | ALL}]


See also here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/8935e4a8-3624-46a1-b47a-c7735802b456
and here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/251394

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Yes you could change the password with net user <username> <newpassword>.

Here further informations.

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Type this command net user (your username) * Then type new password, and confirm it. You are done. See the image. In the image zack is my username. When you type the password the command prompt won't show the cursor moving as you type. Just type new password and press enter. enter image description here

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