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Hello does anyone know of a way to remove or reset windows passwords in windows 8. Without logging in to windows first. In Windows 7 I used Hirens but it is not working for Windows 8.

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I am talking about local user account password not Microsoft online accounts like @hotmail.com or domain accounts those can be reset.

The scenario is a computer running Windows 8 with a local only user and the client forgot the password to the only active account. Is there a way to remove or reset that password?

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It seems you will have to wait for a tool like Hirens to be updated. of course its my understanding its already been updated. The process should be exactly the same. Are we talking about Windows 8 Professional or Windows 8 –  Ramhound Dec 5 '12 at 12:06
    
windows 8 pro why? –  Jonathan Dec 5 '12 at 12:24
    
It can make a difference depending on certain factors. –  Ramhound Dec 5 '12 at 12:58
    
Try ntoffline. A crafty little utility you can use to reset any account password on the system as well as enable the local admin account –  Scandalist Aug 25 '13 at 2:01
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If you want to use USB stick, then you can simply use multiplatform UNetBootin and select ntpasswd it'll download images and create bootable usb flash for you. Or for CD/DVD manually download image from ntpasswd Or you can use sources and integrate to your favorite live distribution.

This distro uses chntpw program that can reset, blank or set password for your accounts. It can even unlock blocked accounts from your Windows station. All offline, it comes even with offline registry editor.

If you will face problem with mounting windows volume. You can manually extract from Windows your SAM, SYSTEM and SECURITY registry files and unlock them on another computer.

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Trinity Rescue. Must-have for any Windows shop.

Far better than Hiren's for SAM modification.

http://trinityhome.org/Home/index.php?content=TRINITY_RESCUE_KIT_DOWNLOAD&front_id=12&lang=en&locale=en

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Try booting into Safe Mode with Command Prompt

The key command is net user (at the command prompt!), if I were you I would experiment with 'Net Use' in normal mode first as I find its syntax a bit picky.

Example:
Net user abc p$ssw0rD

Here are more of my ideas which I honed when trying to activate the hidden administrator account. My guess is that this the account that safe mode uses.

http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/win8/windows8-administrator-activate.htm

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