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How to reset an Admin Password without Pass. Reset Disk

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by TheHistoryPress, Mar 12, 2012.

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  1. TheHistoryPress

    TheHistoryPress Thread Starter

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    Afternoon,

    Having recently (today) inherited my company's IT support role (Without any real training / qualifications :rolleyes:) I'm coming across a number of small issues, one of which is the following:

    All machines at my company are independently managed by their own (local) Administrator account, across the board the Username and Pass to access the Admin account is the same... except for a single machine.

    It seems this machine has a differing password to the other machines, unfortunately the previous administrator is no longer contactable, I however require access to the administrator account. To the best of my knowledge he didn't set-up a Password Reset Disk either.

    I've read about various 3rd party tools which can enable the resetting of the Administrator Password but am loathe to try them without first hand confirmation of their validity etc (On my head be it and so forth)

    Is there any method to determine what the Admin pass may be, or should I plump for a 3rd party tool to aid in the resetting of the pass? If so, does anyone have any suggestions for which to use?

    If it makes any difference, the machines are networked to a Mac Xserve server - though as I understand it, I wont be able to access locally stored passwords through the server itself?

    Many thanks for any light that can be shed upon this issue

    Mike
     
  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Sorry but this from TSG site rules:
    "- Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided".
     
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