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Lost Password/Locked out of computer

  1. #1


    dks-n-tn Guest

    Lost Password/Locked out of computer

    We are trying to help a friend fix his computer. I use XP, but his computer
    is Vista Home Premium, so i don't know anything about Vista.

    The problem is when he signs on, he is prompted to enter a password. He does
    not have a password assigned. He also has no access to any other account
    choices...only his. I used Trinity Rescue Kit, and it says no Windows
    installed. I tried Ophcrack, and the passwords are empty for his account,
    administrator, and guest. Vista cd's did not come with the computer. Is there
    any way to repair this without having to restore default settings? Will
    everything be lost if restoring default settings such as pictures, etc?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

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  2. #2


    Joe Tinney Guest

    Re: Lost Password/Locked out of computer

    Boot the machine into Safe Mode by pressing F8 during boot time. In Safe
    Mode, the Administrator account that is typically disabled is enabled and
    can be used to reset the password of the user. The Administrator account has
    no password. Reboot the machine after the change is made. This may result in
    a loss of any data under the users profile if Vista does anything like
    Private files in Windows XP. Further research may be required regarding
    changing a users password from another account in Windows Vista.

    Good luck.
    "dks-n-tn" <dks-n-tn@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:768E4DF3-1004-4604-AC40-82F5074B9212@xxxxxx

    > We are trying to help a friend fix his computer. I use XP, but his
    > computer
    > is Vista Home Premium, so i don't know anything about Vista.
    >
    > The problem is when he signs on, he is prompted to enter a password. He
    > does
    > not have a password assigned. He also has no access to any other account
    > choices...only his. I used Trinity Rescue Kit, and it says no Windows
    > installed. I tried Ophcrack, and the passwords are empty for his account,
    > administrator, and guest. Vista cd's did not come with the computer. Is
    > there
    > any way to repair this without having to restore default settings? Will
    > everything be lost if restoring default settings such as pictures, etc?
    >
    > Thanks for any help you can provide.

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    Re: Lost Password/Locked out of computer

    Quote Originally Posted by dks-n-tn View Post
    We are trying to help a friend fix his computer. I use XP, but his computer
    is Vista Home Premium, so i don't know anything about Vista.

    The problem is when he signs on, he is prompted to enter a password. He does
    not have a password assigned. He also has no access to any other account
    choices...only his. I used Trinity Rescue Kit, and it says no Windows
    installed. I tried Ophcrack, and the passwords are empty for his account,
    administrator, and guest. Vista cd's did not come with the computer. Is there
    any way to repair this without having to restore default settings? Will
    everything be lost if restoring default settings such as pictures, etc?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.
    Hi dks-n-tn,

    This will show you four methods on how to reset the password for the user account in Vista.

    Reset User Account Password

    Shawn

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