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lost administrator password and no set up or recovery disk

Discussion in 'General Security' started by swans59, Oct 19, 2011.

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  1. swans59

    swans59 Thread Starter

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    How do i remove or change my windows vista administrator password without a set up disk or recovery disk when the only user showing is administrator? Thanks
     
  2. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

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    What type of computer do you have? Was Windows Vista pre-installed by the manufacturer, for example like a Dell, HP, Gateway computer?

    Or, was it a generic, home or custom-built computer?

    Since Windows XP, the next O/S's don't allow you to boot to Safe Mode and log on that way, to remove passwords.

    You were advised by the software to create a Password Reset disc.....many people do not do that, though.

    About the only safe, or legal way around this is to reinstall. You can use a borrowed disc, provided you match the License your computer has, to the disc you install from.

    A Full System Recovery will also work but I am not sure a Repair Install would.....perhaps.

    Keep in mind that you will most likely lose the hidden partition recovery, if you choose to do a full manual reinstall, using the regular Microsoft Windows Vista DVD that matches your License. It will require a format of the drive and you will lose your own files, so you can connect the drive to a working computer to rescue them before you wipe it out.
     
  3. swans59

    swans59 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply.
    It's a gateway computer.
    What about those admnistrator password crackers that are sold on line?

    Thanks
     
  4. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

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    We cannot advise about that type of software.

    We have already reached the limit of what we can post regarding forgotten passwords.

    See the RULES: http://www.techguy.org/rules.html

     
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