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I am still logged on to my win 8 laptop but i forgot my password...help? I know that for the most part i would have to reset it or something but I just want to retrieve it. Is that possible? Help! Urgent! I have a paper due and I don't want to shut down! or hibernate or log off!

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Are you using an account connected to Microsoft or a local account for your laptop? –  Gaʀʀʏ Mar 26 at 3:58
    
Could you explain why exactly resetting password is not a solution for you? In the situation you have described resetting the password is the most logical solution. –  smc Mar 26 at 10:17

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Assuming you are logged in with a local account with administrator rights.

Start command prompt (in case you don't know how to start command prompt, press Windows Key + R to bring up a "Run" menu, type cmd and click OK).

Type the command net user "<user_name>" <new_password>; replace with your user name and with ... er... something you can remember. Press Enter and it is done.

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Nice answer, but seems more a security issue than a solution that MS has made :D –  mok Mar 26 at 5:52
    
True... My original thought before doing research was, shouldn't it be impossible otherwise it poses a security flaw? Later I found that the command need to be executed by user with administrator rights - lessening the issue by a bit maybe? –  Kenneth L Mar 26 at 7:14
    
Yes, and often (not always!) admins are careful. –  mok Mar 26 at 7:19

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