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Please Help; I'm Locked Out Completely From My Own Computer

ZoSo0789

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#1
Okay, my girlfriend is 100% locked out of her computer where she is running Vista Home edition (premium or basic or 32/64 bit I don't know off the top of my head). After boot up and it comes to the Window user account log-in screen, she types in her password as normal, but it's not working. It just says incorrect password...... We KNOW the password is correct (this just started out of the blue), NO one has access to her computer to change or edit the password either, and the reset password link (below the input box) just simply doesn't work. Her account is the only account on the computer and is considered the "Administrator" also. She has no viruses or spyware overload or hackers, or anything simply because her computer has never been on the internet before. Please, she's going away to college this next month and she NEEDS to be able to have a computer, not a $600 paper weight since she'll never be able to afford a replacement. Is this a common problem? If so, what's the remedy? We've tried this, but it hasn't worked for us like it does everyone else. It says that it works whenever we try it, but when we go to log in, it's in the same state as before; nothing REALLY changes Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
 

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Brink

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mvp
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#2

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Custom
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech MX Master
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    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

ZoSo0789

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#3
None of those seem to be whats wrong. None of the passwords were ever reset, changes, no user accounts messed with, the system can't be corrupted because there's nothing to there TO corrupt it, and theres only one account: the administator account Imagine this: as usual, you shut down your computer and go to bed like any other day. The next morning, you decide to get up and check your messages, but suddenly you just simpy log onto your own computer because Vista says you password is wrong when you know for a fact that it isn't. You sit there and blankly stare for 30 seconds and jus sort of mutter "WTF?????" .... thats what's going on in my case But I'll keep skimming through that link you posted to see what all I can find. Thanks for your help
 

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Brink

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#4
I would still recommend doing a System Restore using a restore point dated when you know it worked. Something went wrong or got corrupted somewhere. It should take it back to that point for you and have it working again.

Shawn
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
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#5
You could install a new hard drive. Install Vista on it. Take ownership of the files on the old hard drive. Make sure all the accounts have passwords. Create a back door account.
 

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System One

  • CPU
    pair of Intel E5430 quad core 2.66 GHz Xeons
    Motherboard
    Supermicro X7DWA-N server board
    Memory
    16GB DDR667
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA 8800 GTS 640 MB video card
    Hard Drives
    SAS RAID

Dwarf

The Contemplator
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#6
Hi ZoSo0789,

Have you checked that 'Caps Lock' is not accidentally on and/or, if your password includes numbers and you use the numeric keypad, that 'Num Lock' is on?
Dwarf
 

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    Dwarf Dwf/11/2012 r09/2013
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    Intel Core-i5-3570K 4-core @ 3.4GHz (Ivy Bridge) (OC 4.2GHz)
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    ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
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    4 x 4GB DDR3-1600 Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (16GB)
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    MSI GeForce GTX770 Gaming OC 2GB
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    Realtek High Definition on board solution (ALC 898)
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    ViewSonic VA1912w Widescreen
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    1440x900
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    OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III x2 (RAID 0)
    Samsung HD501LJ 500GB SATA II x2
    Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 1TB SATA II
    Iomega 1.5TB Ext USB 2.0
    WD 2.0TB Ext USB 3.0
    PSU
    XFX Pro Series 850W Semi-Modular
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    Gigabyte IF233
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    1 x 120mm Front Inlet 1 x 120mm Rear Exhaust
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    Microsoft Comfort Mouse 3000 for Business (USB)
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    Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 (USB)
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    Lexmark S305 Printer/Scanner/Copier (USB)
    WEI Score: 8.1/8.1/8.5/8.5/8.25
    Asus Eee PC 1011PX Netbook (Windows 7 x86 Starter)

Axon

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#7
Hi ZoSo0789,

Have you checked that 'Caps Lock' is not accidentally on and/or, if your password includes numbers and you use the numeric keypad, that 'Num Lock' is on?
Dwarf
My vote goes for that too, I was frustrated that I couldn't log in, but then realised NumLock wasn't enabled :rolleyes:.

Also, there is a way to see how long your password is, if it's equal, the 'Welcome' will take longer to say that it's a false password then when you type a password with less or more letters than the original.
 

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System One

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    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
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    ASUS P5B-E Plus
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    4GB Kingston ValueRAM DDR2-667
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    ASUS EN8800GT 512
    Sound Card
    Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Packard Bell Maestro 190W
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 @ 75Hz
    Hard Drives
    WesternDigital 200GB 7200RPM + Iomega Desktop HD 360GB 7200RPM
    PSU
    Xilence Power 600W Gaming Edition
    Case
    Coolermaster Centurion 534 Black
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    Standard Coolermaster Case Fans + Standard Intel CPU Fan.
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    Razer Copperhead Tempest Blue
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    Logitech G15 V1
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    100.0 Mbps

ZoSo0789

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#9
I would still recommend doing a System Restore using a restore point dated when you know it worked. Something went wrong or got corrupted somewhere. It should take it back to that point for you and have it working again.

Shawn
and how can I do that; I've done it to that computer before, but I can't remember how I did because that was quite awhile back
 

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z3r010

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#10

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#11
please can anyone help my pc has locked me out of vista it takes me to my user account so i click it and it says welcome and then useually were it takes u to the desktop it logs me back out i cant understand it.Also i havent got system back up as my partned disabled it so im stumped.
 

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Brink

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Hello Ozonelayer, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Are you able to boot into Safe Mode? If yes, then you may be able to create a new administrator account from within Safe Mode to use instead.

Shawn
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

sassofalco

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#13
please can anyone help my pc has locked me out of vista it takes me to my user account so i click it and it says welcome and then useually were it takes u to the desktop it logs me back out i cant understand it.Also i havent got system back up as my partned disabled it so im stumped.
Hello Ozonelayer, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Are you able to boot into Safe Mode? If yes, then you may be able to create a new administrator account from within Safe Mode to use instead.

Shawn
Same initial symptoms I had today, and just fixed Shawn. Now I'm also wondering if an update from MS for Office may have kicked this off?
 

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    nVidia GeForce Go 7300, 128MB
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    Realtek HD Audio, Ver. 6.0.1.5717, 2.08MB
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    Acer Aspire Notebook - 15.4"; Acer LCD Monitor X223Wsd - 22".
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    1280x800x60Hertz [max.]
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    Notebook - Samsung HM320JI 320GB HD installed 07 August 2009.
    External HDs [4];Maxtor One Touch4 - 500GB External HD [Drive M:\].Western Digital WDXMS1200TA - 120GB External HD [Drive G:\ - Windows Defender Backup Files only]. Two x LaCie 320GB Mobi
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    Logitech Wireless V320 for Notebooks - Model M/N: M-RCD125
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    Down 20000kb/sec / Up 1000kb/sec [Bigpond-Aus]
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Brink

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#15
Ozonelayer,

Can you copy them directly from within the other account to back them up?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

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