Forgot Windows Vista Password

Discussion in 'Windows Applications' started by Gigabot, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Gigabot

    Gigabot OSNN Senior Addict

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    I can login to Windows Vista as Administrator by swiping my fingerprint but I forgot my password. Is there anyway I can find out what password I have on there? Something I can install to figure it out?
     
  2. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Hopefully not to be honest :)

    You should be able to change it though.
     
  3. Gigabot

    Gigabot OSNN Senior Addict

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    Hi EP! Thanks for the quick reply. The thing is that when I start the computer the Fingerprint Reader isn't detected, so I can't swipe my finger and login and I don't remember the password to any account either. When I go to my second hard drive on Windows 7, it can detect my Fingerprint Reader and login.
     
  4. Gigabot

    Gigabot OSNN Senior Addict

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    I'm going to try Offline NT Password & Registry Editor right now. Just finished burning the ISO to the CD.
     
  5. vern

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    I'm interested to see if this will work. I know there are programs that just wipe the administrator password, but I tried doing what you are trying to do with an XP machine and I couldn't find anything to do it reliably.
     
  6. Gigabot

    Gigabot OSNN Senior Addict

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    I tried changing the password with it and even blanking it but it didn't work.
     
  7. bmclaughlin

    bmclaughlin Let's break something.

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    We do this pretty regularly at work. There are lots of different tools out there... some work better than others.

    We have 4 different ones at work and haven't run across a computer that none of the 4 would work on.
     
  8. Gigabot

    Gigabot OSNN Senior Addict

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    Can you mention any of these tools? :)

    So far I tried LoginRecovery.com, And the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor with no luck.
     
  9. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    active@ have password recovery tool that works. Think its on the hirens boot cd :)
     
  10. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    can't you get into admin through safe mode and change the password?

    I seem to remember that could be done in xp
     
  11. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Doesn't Vista disable the actual Administrator account?
     
  12. dz2k

    dz2k OSNN Junior Addict

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    ^^i think vista does disable that "Administrator" account. well, hopefully because if not ill have to do it myself for security.
     
  13. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    The user you initially setup has administrator rights, so what is the difference if you are logged in as the administrator user or a user with administrator rights? None I think, unless something specifically gives rights to the administrator user and not the group.
     
  14. bmclaughlin

    bmclaughlin Let's break something.

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    I'm not sure which ones we have... and I'd have to reboot my machine and hope it tells me the name when it's running.

    All I know is I have one labeled 'sata' because it's the only one of the four that sees sata drives. Try a few... I believe Hiren's has several different tools to try.
     
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  16. Gigabot

    Gigabot OSNN Senior Addict

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    I'll try what tdinc suggested. To answer perris, and Admiral Michale, you can't access Administrator in through safe mode to change password. I think you can do that with Windows XP though. Thanks for helping me guys, I appreciate it!
     
  17. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    Going to try this today also have a buddy from work he has forgotten his Vista password and the 3 kids accounts cant help him ... we will see how this works

    fingers crossed :)
     
  18. Shamus MacNoob

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    Update for me it does not seem to want to write to disk, this might be because the machine in question is using 2 x sata in raid... not sure if this is why I cannot write to disk, I will fiddle some more

    I use winpass -u accountname and I can see the accounts just dont seem to be able to change them
     
  19. Shamus MacNoob

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    I was able to use ophcrack live cd to get the password and now I have access to the machine ...
     
  20. Gigabot

    Gigabot OSNN Senior Addict

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    Solved! My bro had registered an Admin account and remembered his password today. I entered it in and then I got a BSOD. I had to go into safe mode and use System Restore to restore back to normal. I'm finally back on my HP HDX 18! :)