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Forgot Windows Vista Password

Gigabot

OSNN Senior Addict
#1
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?
 

Gigabot

OSNN Senior Addict
#3
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.
 

vern

Dominus
Political User
#5
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.
 

Gigabot

OSNN Senior Addict
#6
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.
 

bmclaughlin

Let's break something.
#7
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.
 

Gigabot

OSNN Senior Addict
#8
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.
 

dz2k

OSNN Junior Addict
#12
^^i think vista does disable that "Administrator" account. well, hopefully because if not ill have to do it myself for security.
 

vern

Dominus
Political User
#13
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.
 

bmclaughlin

Let's break something.
#14
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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Gigabot

OSNN Senior Addict
#16
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!
 

Shamus MacNoob

Moderator
Political User
#18
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
 

Gigabot

OSNN Senior Addict
#20
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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