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    I don't use my laptop very much but I need to now and I forgot the Admin.password and I can only log on to windows under my husband who does not have admin. privilages. Anything I can do??????????help please
    Thursday, November 13, 2008 4:50 PM

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  • Hi

     

    If you have forgotten the password for the only administrator account on the computer, you do not have a lot of options to recover. You cannot do anything that requires administrator privileges unless you know that password. This includes enabling the built-in administrator account. You cannot even access the built-in administrator account in Safe Mode.

     

    The recovery options you do have are:

    1. If you have an upgrade or full Vista installation disk, there is a procedure available that will allow to enable the built-in administrator account which you could use to change the password for the other administrator account. (This does not include a recovery disk that is supplied with a new computer)

    See option 2 at the following website.
    What do I do: I can no longer log in or elevate to an administrator account:
    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/Administration/locked_out_of_admin.aspx

     

    2. You can purchase a program that can reset the password on your administrator account.

    Here is the program I recommend.

    A@PC: Windows Password Recovery Software. Reset Administrator Password. XP VISTA 2003 2000 NT.:
    http://www.password-changer.com/

     

    3. There is also instructions for creating a password recovery disk on the following website.
    Password recovery disk  http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

    Although this is a free program, it can be a daunting process for anyone who is not familiar with such things as burning an ISO file as an image and creating it as a bootable CD.

     

    Hope this helps.


    If this post helps to resolve your issue, click the Mark as Answer button at the top of this message.

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Friday, November 14, 2008 10:43 PM
    Moderator

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  • Hi

     

    If you have forgotten the password for the only administrator account on the computer, you do not have a lot of options to recover. You cannot do anything that requires administrator privileges unless you know that password. This includes enabling the built-in administrator account. You cannot even access the built-in administrator account in Safe Mode.

     

    The recovery options you do have are:

    1. If you have an upgrade or full Vista installation disk, there is a procedure available that will allow to enable the built-in administrator account which you could use to change the password for the other administrator account. (This does not include a recovery disk that is supplied with a new computer)

    See option 2 at the following website.
    What do I do: I can no longer log in or elevate to an administrator account:
    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/Administration/locked_out_of_admin.aspx

     

    2. You can purchase a program that can reset the password on your administrator account.

    Here is the program I recommend.

    A@PC: Windows Password Recovery Software. Reset Administrator Password. XP VISTA 2003 2000 NT.:
    http://www.password-changer.com/

     

    3. There is also instructions for creating a password recovery disk on the following website.
    Password recovery disk  http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

    Although this is a free program, it can be a daunting process for anyone who is not familiar with such things as burning an ISO file as an image and creating it as a bootable CD.

     

    Hope this helps.


    If this post helps to resolve your issue, click the Mark as Answer button at the top of this message.

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Friday, November 14, 2008 10:43 PM
    Moderator
  • You can purchase a program that can reset the password on your administrator account.
    By resetting your administrator password you lose all the
    saved passwords and other encrypted info you may have stored
    on your PC. Think twice before resetting your administrator
    password.

    The are programs that can try and recover not reset
    your administrator password. Try this:

    http://www.elcomsoft.com/esr.html
    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 3:09 PM