One day, a friendly wolf said:
so all you need is a usb stick with a windows 10 installer, boot to that, click “Repair my pc” after it asks you for the language -> open the troubleshooter -> open the command line interface
then switch to the C drive
then cd Windows\System32\
rename osk.exe osk.old|
rename cmd.exe osk.exe
close and boot windows normally
click the On-Screen-Keyboard which now opens cmd.exe
net user “username” *
type new password
make sure undo your rename of the cmd.exe and osk.exe things after you’re done
Oh joy, you lost the admin password. Now what?
If the admin user is still defined, the simplest option is to change the password in the database to a known value. This requires that you have access to the MySQL database using phpMyAdmin.
“what, no hacking?”, I hear you say. No. Again, you need access to the MySQL database by using phpMyAdmin.
- Navigate to phpMyAdmin and select the database for the Joomla site in the left-hand drop-down list box. This will show the database tables on the left side of the screen.
- Click on the table “jos_users” in the list of tables.
- Click on the “Browse” button in the top toolbar.
- Find the user whose password you want to change and press the Edit icon for this row. A form will display that allows you to edit the password field.
- Copy the following value into the password field and press the Go button.
- At this point, the password should be changed to “secret”.
- Log in with this user and password and change the password of this user to a secure value.