Forgotten admin password. Solved

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  1. RingTailCoon's Avatar
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       #21

    Oh and how do I do it, FIRST I write my passw on a piece of paper (after hard thinking ofcourse haha!) and THEN I will use that password on the PC. Simple easy...
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  2. Kol12's Avatar
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    Windows 10 64 bit, 1809
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       #22

    Try3 said: View Post
    Sorry but "Admin account" might be a description. Is your answer to 1 that you are signed in to the built-in account with the username Administrator or do you just mean that you are signed in to an account that has admin status [an account that you have made at some stage]?

    The account to select in the list is the one that you want to reset the password to. If that is the one you are signed in to then you'll get that To change your password press Alt+Ctrl+Delete message instead [and the existing password is needed in order to do any change].

    You need to be signed in to a different admin user account in order to reset the existing one's password. By the way, you will lose all your saved internet sign-in credentials by resetting it.
    - You could create a new password-protected, admin-level local user account {steps given in a separate post below} then sign in to it so you could then use netplwiz to reset the original one.

    Denis
    Try3 said: View Post
    To create an additional password-protected local Admin account if you are currently logged into an Admin account using this procedure -

    [Note that at no stage of this procedure are you required to enter your current admin account password as long as you are signed in to it already]

    • Start button,
    • Settings,
    • Accounts,
    • Family & other users,
    • [Other users section],
    • Add someone else to this PC,
    • I don't have this person's sign-in information,
    • Add a user without a Microsoft account,
    • Write down the username, password & security QnA bits that you are about to use [somewhere readily accessible yet secure from loss],
    • Enter a username, password & security QnA bits,
    • Back in the list of other accounts you can now see in Family & other users, [Other users section],
    • Click on the new account,
    • Click on Change account type,
    • Select the Administrator account type,
    • OK.



    Denis
    Brink said: View Post
    No. You will not lose your files from the old account.

    You'll just be creating a new administrator account to sign in to and change/reset the password of your old account using Option 3 below.

    Change Account Password in Windows 10
    Thanks guys. Just confirming that the instructions have worked and all of the account passwords are sorted out. Passwords have been stored securely so they won't be lost again!

    One thing I noticed after creating the temp admin account is that you need to change it to a standard account afterwards otherwise it will be the primary admin account.
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  3. Try3's Avatar
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       #23

    One thing I noticed after creating the temp admin account is that you need to change it to a standard account afterwards otherwise it will be the primary admin account.
    There must be some misunderstanding somewhere - there is no need to change anything afterwards & there is no such concept as a "primary" account.

    Please explain what symptoms you are referring to so they can be explained.

    Denis
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  4. Kol12's Avatar
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    Windows 10 64 bit, 1809
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       #24

    Try3 said: View Post
    There must be some misunderstanding somewhere - there is no need to change anything afterwards & there is no such concept as a "primary" account.

    Please explain what symptoms you are referring to so they can be explained.

    Denis
    When I logged into the standard account and ran a program as administrator it asked for the admin password for the new "temp" admin account I created not the original admin account...
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  5. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       #25

    OK. Understood.

    The admin account it first shows is always the last one that was logged in to / the last one that was used to authorise something. So that incident was a one-off.

    You could make the new admin account an admin again and just leave it unused to make sure it does not get in your way. It will still be there is you need it [if, just for example, your normal admin account suffers from user profile corruption]. I have an admin account just like that.
    - Actually, I have two admin accounts like that but you might regard that as overkill.
    - I use one for giving permission and for logging in to if I am chasing errors or
    - I keep the other one pristine. I have never even logged into it. I proved its password by using it to give access permission to something once. If I happened to suffer some catastrophe while using my normal admin account & somehow corrupted it then I would know there was another admin account ready to log into to sort the mess out.

    Denis
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #26

    Kol12 said: View Post
    Thanks guys. Just confirming that the instructions have worked and all of the account passwords are sorted out. Passwords have been stored securely so they won't be lost again!

    One thing I noticed after creating the temp admin account is that you need to change it to a standard account afterwards otherwise it will be the primary admin account.

    Great news.
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  7. Kol12's Avatar
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    Windows 10 64 bit, 1809
    Thread Starter
       #27

    Try3 said: View Post
    OK. Understood.

    The admin account it first shows is always the last one that was logged in to / the last one that was used to authorise something. So that incident was a one-off.

    You could make the new admin account an admin again and just leave it unused to make sure it does not get in your way. It will still be there is you need it [if, just for example, your normal admin account suffers from user profile corruption]. I have an admin account just like that.
    - Actually, I have two admin accounts like that but you might regard that as overkill.
    - I use one for giving permission and for logging in to if I am chasing errors or …
    - I keep the other one pristine. I have never even logged into it. I proved its password by using it to give access permission to something once. If I happened to suffer some catastrophe while using my normal admin account & somehow corrupted it then I would know there was another admin account ready to log into to sort the mess out.

    Denis
    Thanks Denis.
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