Forgot Admin Password: Windows Vista Home Basic

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Seeking, May 4, 2008.

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    Seeking Guest

    I forgot this and now I am not able to do some things. Please help me get
    back my Admin Password.

    I would hate to go thru a re-installation of Vista.

    Thanks in advance and anticipation
    Seeking, May 4, 2008
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    t-4-2 Guest

    Hello Seeking,
    Is that the only admin account in your system ? It's important for me
    to know first.
    t-4-2, May 4, 2008
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    Brink Guest

    Hi Seeking,

    This tutorial will show you how to reset the password to gain access
    again. If it is your only admin. account as t-4-2 posted, then you may
    need to do Method Three.

    Hope this helps,


    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
    '*VISTA FORUMS*' (
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    Brink, May 4, 2008
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    Seeking Guest

    Dear t-4-2 and Brink

    I have only this one Admin password, that I have forgotten. I was not even
    aware that one could have more than 1 admin passwords!! In any case, I will
    try the link that Brink has suggested and see what I can do. But I did not
    understand what is meant by Method 3. I will get back to that later, though.

    Thanks for not asking me to re-load Vista.

    Best regards
    Seeking, May 5, 2008
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    t-4-2 Guest

    No, NO, Seeking. Not 2 admin passwords, 2 admin accounts with 2
    different passwords. Method Three is the only option in that tutorial
    you can use. The other ones are NOT applicable to you. If you run into
    road block, post the question. Brink will be there to lead you along. He
    is the guru.
    t-4-2, May 5, 2008
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    Seeking Guest

    Hello t-4-2

    Thanks for your correction. I had meant 2 Admin accounts.

    But I have only one admin account, for which I have forgotten the pswd.

    I will try this said 'Method Three' when I am back at home on my home

    Thanks a lot for your kind attention
    Seeking, May 5, 2008
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    Seeking Guest

    Hello Brink

    I have gone thru the "Method Three". Before I attempt it, my questions:

    - does it work with Vista Home Basic (32 bit)?
    - do I need a blank or any boot disc sort of thing? It seems like that.
    Please confirm

    Seems more complicated than it had sounded.

    I do not have emails associated with the forgotten password, but I remember
    whenever I had to download something, I had to provide this password. After I
    reset the password, would I still be able to access those programs that I
    have downloaded and installed using the existing (but forgotten) password?

    Please help before I go completely crazy with this.

    Seeking, May 5, 2008
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    Brink Guest


    Yes, it will work on all Vista versions. It shows you how to create a
    boot DVD (or USB flash drive, etc...) to use on your computer to reset
    the password. If you have no access at all to your computer, then you
    will need to create the boot DVD on a friend's or another computer and
    use it on yours.

    If your email messages have not been encrypted, then they will be fine.
    It only applies to encrypted files since the encryption certificate is
    tied to the user account password.

    Hope this helps,


    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
    '*VISTA FORUMS*' (
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    Brink, May 5, 2008
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    angels4u Guest

    angels4u, Jun 19, 2008
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    Brink Guest

    Hi Angels4u

    This tutorial will show you how to reset the password to gain acces
    again. If it is your only admin. account, then you may need to do Metho

    'Reset User Account Password

    Hope this helps


    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not as
    '*VISTA FORUMS*' (
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    Brink, Jun 19, 2008
  11. Enable the hidden administrator account, then use that to reset the
    password. Remember to disable that account when you are finished.
    Manny Weisbord, Apr 20, 2009
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    happykaka Guest

    Try your best to recall the password. If you can't, you have to empty
    the old password.
    As far as I know, there are two solutions for you. one is to reinstall
    your OS, another is to reset the password with a third part utility.
    (here, take "windows password unlocker" for example)

    I do not recommend the first solution. Once you reinstall the OS which
    must result a data loss. In the terms another method, you need a second
    computer that can link to Internet and blank CD. As following,
    1. Login to a second computer that can link to Internet. download
    Windows Password Unlocker 4.0 and decompress it on that PC. Note that:
    there is a .ISO file,you need to burn the .ISO file to a CD.
    2 Get out the newly created CD and insert it to the locked computer.
    Thirdly, re-booted the locked computer and then followed the process of
    instructions. Just a few steps, the old password was removed.

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    happykaka, Apr 29, 2009
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    Aug 3, 2009
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    you have to read the article in my blog about how to reset vista password.
    linky1124, Aug 3, 2009
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    linky1124 Guest

    no way to get it but to reset it
    I only find an article about it
    'Windows Password Recovery - Top 2 Premium Windows Password Recover
    Tools - Password Cracker' (
    linky1124, Aug 7, 2009

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    Addison Steele, Aug 7, 2009
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    Addison Steele, Aug 11, 2009
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    Sep 27, 2009
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    At one time , I had the experience with forgetting windows password. Finally I use Windows Password Reset .The program is easy to use.
    tanpopo, Sep 27, 2009
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    nickio04 Guest

    I've forgotten my password and tried the method 3 thing I keep readin
    about and once it goes through to the point that it get to the reset th
    password option...once I put 1 in it says the SAM hive isn'
    loaded...but it says it is???
    I don't know what i'm doing wrong or what gives??? I really need in t
    my account to retrieve my papers for school
    And on another note i tried the Windows Password Unlocker 4.0 and i
    loads and gives me the option to click on my username name which is th
    only admin account and it just says congratulations this version i
    fully compatible with windows yada yada but it doesn't give the th
    congratulations your password is reset
    nickio04, Oct 7, 2009
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    CrucialHoax Guest

    If you referring to the Offline NT registry editor program then rea
    this :

    'Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
    CrucialHoax, Oct 7, 2009
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    nickio04 Guest

    Yes I Am. I get to this point

    ======== chntpw Main Interactive Menu =======

    Loaded hives:

    1 - Edit user data and password
    2 - Syskey status & chang
    3 - RecoveryConsole setting
    - -
    9 - Registry editor, now with full write support
    q - Quit (you will be asked if there is something to save

    What to do? [1] -

    I Put 1 in and it comes up with the error message that SAM is no
    loaded or booted BUT in the loaded hives it says SAM??
    nickio04, Oct 7, 2009
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