Forgotten Administrator Password

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Ganz Doof, May 31, 2008.

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    Ganz Doof Guest

    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?
    Ganz Doof, May 31, 2008
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    Malke Guest

    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.

    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, May 31, 2008
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    Znod Guest

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    LeeTutor Guest

    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 |'
    There is also a video about using this tool here:
    'Video: Reset Windows passwords with the Offline NT Password and
    Registry Editor | IT Dojo |'
    LeeTutor, Jul 31, 2008
  6. Hi,

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

    This one is for most flavours of Windows: _Windows_All.html

    This is for Windows XP only: _Forgotten_Lost_Administrator_Password.html

    Hope this helps.

    Rosco Whitney, Aug 18, 2008
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