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Setch.exe Trick. Password Change in Windows 8/8.1 Hit and Miss

Q: Setch.exe Trick. Password Change in Windows 8/8.1 Hit and Miss

Many of you may have used or heard about this trick By replacing Setch exe The Sticky Keys Executable in C Windows System with a renamed CMD exe Command Executable all one has to do to Change in Trick. Windows Miss Hit Setch.exe and 8/8.1 Password run an Elevated Command Prompt is hit the shift key a few times at the Windows Login Page From there it's a simple case of running Net User User Name Password to change a User's password Now there are ways to stop this from working The simplest is to set the system to disable Sticky Keys so that hitting shift does nothing thus blocking the load of the Setch exe The second and in the past not really practical or possible for most users is to setup the computer in a Domain so that a Domain Server handles the User Accounts and Passwords Given that very few people actually care about Sticky Keys and that only Pro Ultimate and Server level Windows distributions have really ever had Domain Access Capabilities it's been easy sailing as the Setch Setch.exe Trick. Password Change in Windows 8/8.1 Hit and Miss exe trick just worked I can report that it still works in Setch.exe Trick. Password Change in Windows 8/8.1 Hit and Miss Windows as ever though still stoppable via the aforementioned limitations but for one new hitch Domain Access is enabled on a low level the moment a Windows system is setup MS Account If the computer has only been configured with Local User Accounts then there is no change what so ever but with an MS account you will be given a Permissions Error if you try and change a password this way The short of this is simple If you're trying to be more secure then there is actually something to be gained from setting up Windows with a MS account The problem for most though is that if you forget your Password then you're more or less boned There is only one way I know of that can get access to a Windows system to at least recover a missing password in this case and that is to use a tool like Ophcrack That tool does work on Windows with MS accounts but just like with older versions of Windows a good long password will take a long time to crack if at all and may need large Multy Gigabyte Rainbow Tables to even have a chance of cracking The end of this is simply that all though one can still use the Setch exe trick to do many things Net User may nolonger be a viable option
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Our Windows 7 users are prompted when their passwords will expire in 14 Days, however They are not forced to change thier password before it expires. If the users ignore the expiration warning they can only get logged into the network after having the helpdesk
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Is there a way to force Windows 7 users to change thier passwords on the day it expires. Our WinXP users get the 14 day warning and are forced to change thier passwords on day 14.
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Thank you,

A:Windows 7 Expired Password - Recvd Warning prompts but not forced to change password

After applying above settings, the user can change the password by default at the expire day. Please create a new domain profile and test the issue on several Windows
7 machines. Can the user be enforced to change password at expire day? If not, please refer to the following steps to collect the information for research.
1. On the DC, open GPMC, right-click Group Policy Results, choose Group Policy Results Wizard, follow the wizard to collect a Group Policy result for problematic
Windows 7 client.
2. On the Windows 7 machine where GPO failed to apply, please perform the following steps to collect log files:
a) Please add the specified registry key to enable group policy log (%windir%\debug\usermode\gpsvc.log), and remove or rename it to disable group policy log after
collecting data. You may need to create the Diagnostics key if it is not there.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics

Value: GPSvcDebugLevel

Data: 0x30002 (hexadecimal)
b) Then on the problematic Win7 machine, run command “gpupdate /force”.

c) Then on the problematic Win7 machine, run command “gpresult /v > gpr_win7.txt”, send me gpr_win7.txt file.

d) On the problematic Win7 machine, run command “eventvwr”, then expand to Applications and service logs -> Microsoft -> windows -> groupPolicy
-> Operational. Right-click on it and click “save event as”. Save the file as .evtx format and send it to me.
e) After that, please send me the above output files. (please zip them first and then send them to me).

- %windir%\debug\usermode\gpsvc.log
- gpr_win7.txt
- win7.evtx
Please use Windows Live SkyDrive ( to upload the GPMC
result and the zip files, and then give us the download address.
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A:Cannot change password in Windows 7

Did you attempt to manually start the net logon service?

SMB services are a little tricky, this might be of some help

Good luck and keep us posted.
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Are you sure that this is not a virus. Better scan a bit.
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Hello Huey,

It depends if you sign in to Windows 8.1 with a local account or Microsoft account.

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Hi @Hemanlam, welcome to tenforums!

Maybe try logging into your MS account online to reset your credentials.
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It sounds like windows is corrupt you may want to try reinstalling it to fix the problem
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Finally I reset my old password, the one I used to have before trying to make the change, and with that one it's fine, it lets me in. So basically, my computer only lets me set up one particular password!

Anybody knows what the problem is?

Thank you for reading.

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ladies and gentlemen

I have been Happy with windows 10

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A:Cant change windows Logon password

Hello Ngavmot, and welcome to Ten Forums.

If this is for a Microsoft account, then you could use Option 6 or 7 in the tutorial below to change your password.

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the user (admin) account is the full operating system unless you are talking about the bio password. That is the one where when you turn on the computer it immediately asks for the password.
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Is this a work pc ? Owned by an employer ?
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Originally Posted by Windows Central Question I have a guest account that is a child (because lots of guests are kids and they need to be kids to monitor) and I don't know their password. I have tried lots of different websites and nothing works! Please help! It would be greatly appreciated! If you are the Admin, you can remove account and create a new one. But surely better for you deleting it and creating a real parent controlled child account via Settings -> Account -> Add a family member, so you can take control on passwords and sites if necesary.
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A:how do I change the password complexity on a windows 7?

Hello Contfe,

I can't help you with the greyed out options, but regarding your initial problem, you might want to look at this tutorial
Good luck and keep us posted,
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Check her account in AD, is it set to require logon to change password in the "Users must log on in order to change password" check box in the Account Policy ?
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Log out on one machine before you change your password on the other.
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This post made my brain hurt quite a lot! its like chicken Vs egg ..
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A:Windows won't login automatically after password change

Originally Posted by McLovin

Hi. I've changed my password for my pc but now it won't login automatically. When I boot my pc it tries to login and fails telling me the password is wrong. I then have to type in the password and it logs me in. I seems like it has changed my password for the pc but not for the auto login. I checked my settings and it still says that users do not need a password to login.

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A:Unable to change wifi password in windows 7

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First of all, SHRINK DOWN your fonts! They don't need to be huge!

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Hello Jimmy and welcome to Seven Forums.

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where do i find that MS account code to satisfy MS, is it in her computer some where?
It's normally sent as a text to whatever cell phone number associated with the account. 
Or a non-MS email address, if one was registered when creating the MS account. For example, mine can go to my AOL account if I want it to, say if the cellular service is down or I'm out of network range. 
It will be a 4 digit code. 

1. Get User password via Windows Password Hint
While you type a wrong password, the password hint will pop up below the password hint box. Based on password hint, you can think of origin password generally.
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Step 2: Press Windows +X, and click on Command Prompt (Admin) and Yes.
Step 3: On the Command Prompt, type in:Net User <user name> <new password> and press Enter to reset a new password for Windows 8.

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Hope this of some assistance.
Unfortunately, I cannot go to recommending other tools, as first, these may not be allowed per rules. 
And secondly, we have no 100% sure way of knowing whom this computer belongs to, which is why many forums forbids the posting of 3rd party password recovery tools. 
I hope that you understand the reasoning of this. 

QUESTON 3...... I am seeing net pages that say she can upgrade to windows 8.1 For Free, is that for real from MS or junkware, cause this 8 program does not even have a start button, and is really
a lot of just distracting octupus options 

It's legit, however you need to download all of the Windows 8.1 drivers first, save to Flash drive or external (or DVD), then upgrade & before running Windows Update, install the drivers, beginning with the chipset. It's best when downloading these drivers to create folders & name each to what the driver is for (e.g. Video), so there won't be confusion. 
Note that many Dell owners are having issues with Windows 8.1 upgrades, Usually over a minor detail, but nevertheless, it happens often. Be sure to create a Full drive image & have the recovery media (the set of 3 to 5 DVD's that's supposed to be created when new). Or a Recovery Drive, which requires a 16GB Flash drive. There is the option to copy the recovery partition onto it for fast recovery, much faster than the DVD's. 
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Εχω ανακαλυψει τυχαια ενα κολπακι,τιποτα σπουδαιο αλλα ισως χρησιμο σε καποιον που χρισιμοποια συχνα τον wd.
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I gave it a try and it does not do this for me.

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Per TSF Rules, we cannot assist with password-related issues.

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A:Change Password?


Originally Posted by Gene45

I just noticed the instruction to change my password, using the forgot password process. As I understand that will trigger an e-mail to me, BUT my e=mail address has also changed, and the one registered no longer functions.

I tried to change from the USER CP but that does not work.

What to do?

If you are able to login, go to User CP, click edit Email & Password and change them from there. What do you mean it does not work? The save changes button is inactive? It rejects your new password?
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I do not think it is legit. What would be the reason? I think that MS, would make a feature like that well know and also give the reason. Why don't you run the scan on your A/V and any other Malware protection that you may have?
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Hello Peter,

Usually, it doesn't take very long or up to 24 hours at most if the PC has an internet connection.

Are you able to directly sign in on the PC to see if it will sync then?
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Really interesting. Thanks for the link.
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That is one area that we can not assist with.


You may not ask for assistance to circumvent restrictions or security on any computer system or network.

Please read the forum rules

Thread will now be closed.
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Originally Posted by Boston Globe

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So true..
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