November 11th, 2004 11:30 PM
Changing passwords without knowing the old one
This "tip" has the ability to be used for both right and wrong reasons. Hopefully you will use it ethically.
Firstly in order to view all users accounts even hidden ones.
1. Start > Run> cmd
2. Within "cmd" type "net users" then hit enter
This will display a list of all user names (not a bad little command to remember)
Now you know the username of the account whose password you want to change
Now to change the password without knowing the current password
1. Log onto the computer with an account that has administrative rights
2. Start > Run > cmd
3. Within "cmd" enter the command "net user %username% *"
where it says %username% enter the username whose password you want to change. If the username has a space in it for example like "John Doe" place "" arount it. So the command for a username with a space in it would be C:\net user "John Doe" *
4. It should now ask you to type a new password for the user. Be careful of what you type however as the password as you type it will not be displayed
November 12th, 2004 12:38 AM
Nice little tip. Hopefully everyone uses it for the right reason.
November 12th, 2004 01:29 AM
If you already have admin rights on the box anyway, changing a user password is the least of worries.
November 12th, 2004 02:20 AM
Nice tip that can be used to help people recover there passwords. Hope fully every one use's it for the right reason's. Thanks
November 12th, 2004 03:00 AM
Re: Changing passwords without knowing the old one
Well first thing its an old trick already been posted at AO. The second thing it only works if u get logged in into the system with other account wht if u forgot the password of the account and there is no other account than that ?
Wht if the you dont have the privilages to access cmd?
Anyway u can access the cmd even if u dont have the right to accesss there is a very nice n easy way but not concern with this thread.
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November 12th, 2004 05:52 AM
I find it irrelavent that it is only possible if you can already log on .. or that you already have admin rights .. what sbin has shown us is another way of changing a users password that is not the conventional way ... its a good tip and I know I have learned something new
November 12th, 2004 02:08 PM
You can also change any account password without knowing the old one using the Computer Management console in Windows XP.