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# 109869 28-Sep-2012 07:02
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Hi there,

So I saw the option to create a password reset disk, and did a trial run of creating one on a USB stick. It turned out the file wasn't even making it even to 50kb in size, and this is a 8GB USB stick.

I tried to create the disk using a CD, but Windows only allows USB sticks. Because people no longer stock 128MB USB disks, and not sure whether using the same USB stick as two password reset disks (my user accounts on my laptop, and the PCs - both having different passwords) would cause problems if I do require the need to use it, plus also not wanting to store other files on the USB stick while it has the reset file on it in case problems arise again, when I do require the need to use it - and it won't work.

I would rather not waste two USB sticks that are 4GB in size (or 2GB, if that is the minimum you can get), if the files required barely use the space up?

Could I possibly create a password reset disk on one USB, backup the particular file* created onto my online backup (without renaming the file, just placing it in a clearly marked folder so I know which PC it refers to), delete the file off the USB, and then create a reset disk for my other PC, and do the same? So if the need arises that I require to use the reset disk, I use a blank USB stick (could be a different USB stick as the one I originally used to create the reset disk) and download from online the appropriate file onto it. If I did that, when I plug the USB in, will I be able to reset my password for that user account?

* or when a password reset disk is created, are there hidden files and/or folders created too, that I need to backup too?

Many thanks,
Stevie

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Ultimate Geek


  # 692845 28-Sep-2012 11:45
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I think I may have posted this in the Desktop Computing forum? Apologies if I did and thanks to whoever moved it to this forum! I was looking at my other post on Windows 7 Ultimate before posting the above post, and probably just went back a page and started a new topic, not thinking.

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Master Geek


  # 697885 8-Oct-2012 14:29
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If you need to reset your windows password - see our page below.

We use a Linux Boot Tool called 'Trinity Rescue Kit'.

If you plan to use this commercially however you need to get Signed Assent from the customer that they own the PC and permit you to break the password BEFORE proceeding.

http://www.pcheroes.co.nz/reset-windows-password.html

 
 
 
 




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Ultimate Geek


  # 699880 11-Oct-2012 18:53
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Thanks for that.

I remember quite some time ago - dating back to 2003, on a forum called PCAnswers (not known as TechNet), there was discussion of using Linux boot disks to reset passwords.

You have quite clearly offered me an option: however, could anyone provide an answer to my original query as it stands?

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Master Geek


  # 700256 12-Oct-2012 16:11
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StevieT: Thanks for that.

I remember quite some time ago - dating back to 2003, on a forum called PCAnswers (not known as TechNet), there was discussion of using Linux boot disks to reset passwords.

You have quite clearly offered me an option: however, could anyone provide an answer to my original query as it stands?


Being honest I don't bother with most of the standard windows features - so probably no help sorry.

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  # 700387 12-Oct-2012 19:30
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StevieT: 

I would rather not waste two USB sticks that are 4GB in size (or 2GB, if that is the minimum you can get), if the files required barely use the space up?



4GB USB sticks are like <$10 these days, does it really matter if you a "whole" one for your password reset disk....

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