Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Quickly change your Windows password (even if you've lost your old one)

Reader Mark writes in with this tip for quickly changing your Windows password from the command line:

Go to the command prompt and enter:
net user

E.g.
> net user Mark p@55w0rd

If there are people near you and you don't want them to see the password you type, enter:
net user *

E.g. > net user Mark *
> Type a password for the user:
> Confirm the password:

You need to have admin access to perform this change from the command line. This is an especially handy trick if you want to change a password on an account but you've forgotten the original (going through the Control Panel can require confirmation of the old password). If you're totally locked out of Windows, you'll want to try this method for resetting your Windows password.

Via (Lifehacker.)

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