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My niece forgot her password on vista. I can't seem to get through.

I have tried active password changer but they want to know the password to install the program... UAC...
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post #2 of 12
don't suppose you have another user on that PC who is an administrator do you. because that is a way round it as they can reset the password.
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Have you tried just going into safe mode and seeing if that is passworded?
    
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Originally Posted by kingsnake2 View Post
Have you tried just going into safe mode and seeing if that is passworded?
that would be my best guess
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Safe mode has a password as well.
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post #6 of 12
I know that security has not been MS's priority in the past... but even they implement PWords on safe-mode lol.

So... you did make a password recovery onto a USB stick... of course you did

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post #7 of 12
I had this simalar problem on a free XP pro machine I got used from work. I deleted the user account not knowing the administrator account was password protected. Some research led me to a little known tirck for resetting the password, it wasn't quick but it worked. I'll see if I can find the info again, it involves repairing the os install, & then at a certain point a set of keystrokes will get you into the user account & reset the passwords.

Edit: Try method 3 on this page, http://www.askvg.com/how-to-reset-re...ator-password/ it worked for my XP pro, worth a try on vista. This has been a loophole to reset passwords for some time, hopefully still works on Vista.

Another Edit: Another more detailed guide to same method http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/P...cle.asp?ID=305
Edited by Cvalley75 - 6/2/08 at 7:54pm
    
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post #8 of 12
I heard you could boot with an Ubuntu live CD and get it out of there some how. I can get details if you're interested. I've never done it, but a guy I work with says he knows how. He'll be here at 2:00 pm EDT.
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I use Ultimate Boot Disc for Windows.
http://ubcd4win.com/index.htm


You create this bootable disc that has LOTS of great options that run from a live CD. One of the many options is Passpro which lets you change administrator passwords on Windows OSes. It may work on other OSes, but I haven't tried them yet.

Among the other options are windows repair tools plus disc management and infection removal programs like AVG and McAfee.

Anyone who is PC savy should have a copy of the CD.
    
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