how to reset password for Vista?

By ccroamer8 ·
how can I reset the password to get into Vista? I tried the F8 key during start-up but do not recall the administrator password. Can I reset the password somehow?

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TR members do not assist password recovery. Do not respond to this thread

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to how to reset password for ...

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Vista Password Recovery Tool

by aSy In reply to how to reset password for ...

Get a flash drive/floppy drive

Click on Start and then Control Panel.

Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.

Click on the User Accounts link.

In the task pane on the left, click the Create a password reset disk link.

When the Forgotten Password Wizard window appears, click Next

In the I want to create a password key disk in the following drive: drop down box, choose the portable media drive to create a password reset disk on.

Click Next to continue.

With the disk or other media still in the drive, enter your current account password in the text box and click Next.

Windows Vista will now create the password reset disk on your chosen media.

When the progress indicator shows 100% complete, click Next and then click Finish in the next window.

You can now remove the flash drive or floppy disk from your computer.

Hope it helps.

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I see you're new here

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Vista Password Recovery T ...

Hi aSy, I see you're new to TR, so we'll give you ONE warning. Please be aware that most of us have agreed not to provide password help of ANY kind, to ANY person, no matter what the situation. You invite trouble if you continue.

Also, the question was about a forgotten administrator account password. Hence, the instruction that you gave, repeated below, is of no use to the original poster. He/she has not forgotten the password for the account they're currently logged into. They want into another account.

With the disk or other media still in the drive, enter your current account password in the text box and click Next.

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by w2ktechman In reply to Vista Password Recovery T ...

so the one who sets up the systems, can now break into them without special tools.


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ah switched back...

by CG IT In reply to Interesting

I'll get confused if you swap back and forth all the time... heck I'm confused all the time as it is....Windows, Mac, Linux.... Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix,

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I'll jump in here

by CG IT In reply to how to reset password for ...

Just so the user knows, there is no administrator account that is initally active in Windows Vista.

The built in administrator account by default is disabled therefore resetting the password would be of no use.

The user account created during the installation, is a standard user account which allows them to run most certified programs and but not legacy programs.

The user would have to purposely activate the administrators account [which is considered a security risk] for the administrators account to be available for use.

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