Reset Win 8.x password with UEFI and SecureBoot

Sat, May 4, 2019

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Problem: forgot win 8 password

Solution: Summary

Enter UEFI Setup
Enable Legacy Support
Disable Safe Boot
Boot to live Linux media
Navigate to windows\system32
Rename utilman.exe to utilman.exe.bak
Make a copy of cmd.exe and name it utilman.exe
Disable Legacy Support
Boot into Windows
Click the Ease of Access button to open Command Prompt
Enter NET USER [username] *
Enter new password twice
Re-enable Legacy Support
Boot to live Linux media
Replace fake utilman with original utilman.exe 
Disable Legacy Support & restore UEFI Secure Boot settings.
Login to Windows