User Account - Remove Password
How to Remove or Change a Password for a User Account in Vista
This will show you how to remove or change a password from your user account, or from another user account if you are logged into a Administrator account in Vista.
This can be helpful if you or someone else forgot the password in a user account. You can only remove a Administrator account password from within that account or another Administrator account. If you have this user account setup to logon automatically, then be sure to change or remove the password there to. See: How to Logon Automatically at Startup in Vista
If you use an Administrator account to remove the password for any other user account, the user account with the removed password will lose access to its encrypted files, e‑mail messages that are encrypted, and stored passwords for websites or network resources. If the user account doesn't have any of these things, or the user doesn't mind losing them, then using an Administrator account to remove the password is a fast and easy way to recover from a forgotten password.
Open the Control Panel. (Classic View)
Click on the Click to Play
button in the video below.
- You must be logged in to a Administrator account to change or remove a password for another user account. See Warning above.
- If you prefer to Change the Password instead of removing it, then click on Change the password instead of Remove the password in screen 4 of the video below.
- If you get the Windows cannot change the password message after click on the Remove or Change Password button, then see: How to Prevent or Allow a User to Change their Password in Vista
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