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    i'm a moron and need PC help

    kids laptop has a parent password that needs changing every 2 months or so - i keep theirs the same so they can log on but change the parent one so they can't play with options etc - i never use it and have now forgotten the parent password (can still log on using the kids password but when the reminder pops up to change the passwords in a few weeks, i won't be able to as i forgot it so will be useless)
    Is there any way of resetting the parent password or have i totally ruined it by being a forgetful moron and will have to factory reset the whole thing (which means losing all the kids educational programmes etc) - it has that silly netgear thing too so can't download anything without the parent password so downloading stuff to fix it is not an option either.
    advice please... (and yes i know im an idiot, yes i know i should have written down what i changed the password to, yes i know i won't do it again etc etc - i just would like some help to see if there's any way to fix it without the factory reset button!
    Thanks in advance even if the answer is nope, you ruined it! x

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    Banned

    what program runs the password
    can you get online in safe mode?

    Banned

    theres loads of programs you can use to recover your password. as long as your admin they should work fine. google is your friend

    If it's Xp then try this method

    Original Poster

    yeah it's the parent admin password i cant remember! so i cant get the authority to change anything (its windows 7 not xp)
    Edited by: "babybutton" 18th Oct 2010

    You can recover your password, just download ophcrack livecd (link below) and burn it to a CD then boot your computer from the CD/DVD drive, may need to change bios option for this. Let ophcrack run and it will find the passwords for you.

    pcsupport.about.com/od/…htm

    To turn off password expiry feature follow this

    breztech.wordpress.com/200…-7/
    Edited by: "simplyjimbo" 18th Oct 2010

    babybutton

    yeah it's the parent admin password i cant remember! so i cant get the … yeah it's the parent admin password i cant remember! so i cant get the authority to change anything (its windows 7 not xp)



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    simplyjimbo

    You can recover your password, just download ophcrack (link below) and … You can recover your password, just download ophcrack (link below) and burn it to a CD then boot your computer from the CD/DVD drive, may need to change bios option for this. Let ophcrack run and it will find the passwords for you. [url=http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/gr/ophcrack.htm]http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/gr/ophcrack.htm[/url]To turn off password expiry feature follow this[url=http://breztech.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/howto-turn-off-password-expiration-in-windows-7/]http://breztech.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/howto-turn-off-password-expiration-in-windows-7/[/url]



    this ^ it has its own mini os
    Edited by: "ryman1000" 18th Oct 2010

    Original Poster

    simplyjimbo

    You can recover your password, just download ophcrack (link below) and … You can recover your password, just download ophcrack (link below) and burn it to a CD then boot your computer from the CD/DVD drive, may need to change bios option for this. Let ophcrack run and it will find the passwords for you. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/gr/ophcrack.htmTo turn off password expiry feature follow thishttp://breztech.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/howto-turn-off-password-expiration-in-windows-7/


    ok this sounds good but what bios options may i need to change? am pretty much a noob (as is obvious by the whole forgetting of stupid password in the first place)

    Original Poster

    right - off for dinner- will try out the ophcrack thingy tomorrow and hopefully it will solve all my problems - does it generate millions of pounds too then it'll solve many other problems heh heh - thanks for the help though x

    for windows seven try this pdf . might work for you.

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