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Forgotten Administrator Password

  1. #1


    Ganz Doof Guest

    Forgotten Administrator Password

    I have a laptop running Vista Business which gives me three ways to log on
    to the PC:
    1) User Account (working fine)
    2) Fingerprint reader / User Account (working fine)
    3) Administrator Account (FORGOTTEN PW - cannot log in)

    For a long time I used the laptop without any problem, as I logged on to the
    User Account. But now I need Admin access and have forgotten the admin pw,
    naturally without having created some sort of an password recovery disk.

    How can I recover or reset the Admin PW? I can login to the PC just fine,
    but cannot execute certain functions which require an Admin login.

    Any ideas?


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  3. #2


    Malke Guest

    Re: Forgotten Administrator Password

    Ganz Doof wrote:

    > I have a laptop running Vista Business which gives me three ways to log on
    > to the PC:
    > 1) User Account (working fine)
    > 2) Fingerprint reader / User Account (working fine)
    > 3) Administrator Account (FORGOTTEN PW - cannot log in)
    >
    > For a long time I used the laptop without any problem, as I logged on to
    > the User Account. But now I need Admin access and have forgotten the admin
    > pw, naturally without having created some sort of an password recovery
    > disk.
    >
    > How can I recover or reset the Admin PW? I can login to the PC just fine,
    > but cannot execute certain functions which require an Admin login.
    If you only made the one account with Administrative privileges, then use
    NTpasswd (a Linux password reset disk) to change that account's password to
    a blank. Then log into that account and change the password to something
    you will remember. Write it down somewhere.

    http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

    Because the built-in Administrator account is disabled in Vista, I like to
    make at least two user accounts with Administrative privileges along with a
    standard user account for daily work. You can always log in automatically
    to your daily account if you don't want to see the extra accounts on the
    Welcome Screen.

    Malke
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    Re: Forgotten Administrator Password

    Here is some software that may work for you.

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  5. #4


    KRAFTS-LAPTOP Guest

    RE: Forgotten Administrator Password



    "Ganz Doof" wrote:

    > I have a laptop running Vista Business which gives me three ways to log on
    > to the PC:
    > 1) User Account (working fine)
    > 2) Fingerprint reader / User Account (working fine)
    > 3) Administrator Account (FORGOTTEN PW - cannot log in)
    >
    > For a long time I used the laptop without any problem, as I logged on to the
    > User Account. But now I need Admin access and have forgotten the admin pw,
    > naturally without having created some sort of an password recovery disk.
    >
    > How can I recover or reset the Admin PW? I can login to the PC just fine,
    > but cannot execute certain functions which require an Admin login.
    >
    > Any ideas?
    >
    >

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    Re: Forgotten Administrator Password

    I can vouch for Malke's suggestion. I've seen it used many times successfully. The best option is to reset the password, however. It is a rather "geeky" tool; not a nice Windows graphical user interface. You might want to check this page for a demonstration of its use, with screenshots provided in the article:
    Reset lost Windows passwords with Offline Registry Editor | Microsoft Windows | TechRepublic.com
    There is also a video about using this tool here:
    Video: Reset Windows passwords with the Offline NT Password and Registry Editor | IT Dojo | TechRepublic.com

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  7. #6


    Rosco Whitney Guest

    Reset Windows Password

    Hi,

    Here's a documented a step by step solution here:

    This one is for most flavours of Windows:
    http://<br /> <br /> http://www.prop...ndows_All.html

    This is for Windows XP only:
    http://www.proposedsolution.com/PS00..._Password.html

    Hope this helps.

    ~Rosco~


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