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  1. #1


    =?Utf-8?B?ZnJpZGF5?= Guest

    Lost Administrator Password

    Help - my son has changed the (only) administrator password and forgotten it.
    How can I get round this?

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  2. #2


    Jimmy Brush Guest

    Re: Lost Administrator Password

    You are using Windows Vista, correct?

    You should be able to re-boot in safe mode and log in as the built-in
    administrator. This account generally doesn't have a password and is only
    available in safe mode.

    From there, you can get to User Accounts and change passwords.

    When your restart your computer, press F8 right before you see the Windows
    splash screen. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu, from which
    you can select Safe Mode.

    - JB

    Vista Support FAQ
    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/


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  3. #3


    =?Utf-8?B?ZnJpZGF5?= Guest

    Re: Lost Administrator Password

    I have obviously posted this in wrong place - I am using XP. Any help would
    be grately appreciated

    "Jimmy Brush" wrote:

    > You are using Windows Vista, correct?
    >
    > You should be able to re-boot in safe mode and log in as the built-in
    > administrator. This account generally doesn't have a password and is only
    > available in safe mode.
    >
    > From there, you can get to User Accounts and change passwords.
    >
    > When your restart your computer, press F8 right before you see the Windows
    > splash screen. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu, from which
    > you can select Safe Mode.
    >
    > - JB
    >
    > Vista Support FAQ
    > http://www.jimmah.com/vista/
    >


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  4. #4


    Jimmy Brush Guest

    Re: Lost Administrator Password

    Actually, now that I think about it ... these steps should work as well on
    XP, unless by "only administrator password" you are talking about the
    built-in administrator account.

    If that is the case, there are free tools availabe to recover the password.

    Just search google for Windows XP password recovery or something similar.

    - JB

    Vista Support FAQ
    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/


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  5. #5


    display name Guest

    Re: Lost Administrator Password

    LOL - So much for "parental controls" ;-)

    "friday" <friday@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:EDE60159-5BD9-42B4-AAF0-BDC8F84151DB@microsoft.com...
    > Help - my son has changed the (only) administrator password and forgotten
    > it.
    > How can I get round this?



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  6. #6


    Rodrigo Guest

    Re: Lost Administrator Password

    Dear friend,
    after following yor instructions onde the discussion forum, i still cannot
    recover my passaword taht was in my palm zire that had a crash. Even in the
    security safe mode, the vista beta still asks for my administrator passorwd...
    Could you please help me?

    "Jimmy Brush" wrote:

    > You are using Windows Vista, correct?
    >
    > You should be able to re-boot in safe mode and log in as the built-in
    > administrator. This account generally doesn't have a password and is only
    > available in safe mode.
    >
    > From there, you can get to User Accounts and change passwords.
    >
    > When your restart your computer, press F8 right before you see the Windows
    > splash screen. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu, from which
    > you can select Safe Mode.
    >
    > - JB
    >
    > Vista Support FAQ
    > http://www.jimmah.com/vista/
    >


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  7. #7


    Rodrigo Guest

    Re: Lost Administrator Password



    "Jimmy Brush" wrote:

    > You are using Windows Vista, correct?
    >
    > You should be able to re-boot in safe mode and log in as the built-in
    > administrator. This account generally doesn't have a password and is only
    > available in safe mode.
    >
    > From there, you can get to User Accounts and change passwords.
    >
    > When your restart your computer, press F8 right before you see the Windows
    > splash screen. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu, from which
    > you can select Safe Mode.
    >
    > - JB
    >
    > Vista Support FAQ
    > http://www.jimmah.com/vista/
    >


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  8. #8


    Join Date : Sep 2007
    Posts : 1
    Windows Vista Home Basic
    Local Time: 04:35 AM


     

    Re: Lost Administrator Password

    I have the same problem, how irresponsible of me.

    Just yesterday I created a password for my vista admin account (the one and only account on my new laptop), but somehow I can't sign in with it today. I tried putting CAPS on and off but it's still incorrect. Not sure if this is relevant or not, but right after I created the admin password, I also renamed the admin account. Could that have affected anything?

    I tried starting in Safe Mode like you said, but it still prompts me for the same password. Are there any other solutions to this?


    [quote=Jimmy Brush;54103]You are using Windows Vista, correct?

    You should be able to re-boot in safe mode and log in as the built-in
    administrator. This account generally doesn't have a password and is only
    available in safe mode.

    From there, you can get to User Accounts and change passwords.

    When your restart your computer, press F8 right before you see the Windows
    splash screen. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu, from which
    you can select Safe Mode.

    - JB

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  9. #9


    Join Date : Oct 2009
    Posts : 1
    Vista Ultimate x64
    Local Time: 04:35 AM


     

    Re: Lost Administrator Password

    Quote Originally Posted by =?Utf-8?B?ZnJpZGF5?= View Post
    Help - my son has changed the (only) administrator password and forgotten it.
    How can I get round this?
    If you forget the administrator’s password but still can log on Windows with other user names that have administrative privileges, you may follow the instructions below:
    Right click the computer icon on your desktop, select Manage, find Local Users and Groups, unfold Users folder, right click Administrator, click Set password… in the menu comes up. Click Proceed in the dialog, in the pop-up, enter a New Password and confirm it. Your administrator’s password is successfully reset.
    Guest account may help to log onto Windows, but it has no privilege for you to do the above to reset the administrator’s password.
    If you forgot all user passwords and failed to log onto Windows, there is no other way but to format the OS and reinstall Windows, or resort to sort of software tools to remove the password and log onto Windows. These programs cost some bucks, but are worthy and better than to reinstall the OS causing consequences. The most popular programs are Windows Password Reset 6.0 etc. Generally, these programs are easy to use though turn out to be a scary command prompt to newbie. But do relax and you can fully manipulate. Let’s take Windows Password Reset 6.0 for example. You prepare a blank CD, burn the program onto the CD, boot the locked computer from the CD, come to initiate the program, locate the user name, and proceed to remove its password – all are at ease.

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