Forgot Windows Vista Password

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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?
 

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Hopefully not to be honest :)

You should be able to change it though.
 

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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.
 

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

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

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.
 

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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.

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

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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.
 

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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.

Can you mention any of these tools? :)

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

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

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

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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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!
 

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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
 

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

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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! :)
 

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