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Jezreel wrote:Cheers, but it's Vista I'm trying for, "some fucking prick should have said that in the OP then! [ed]" and I don't know the local administrator account password (or I'd be ok)
I fear a reinstall may be necessary which will lose all the kid's files.
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Boot up the Ultimate Boot CD
Down arrow to “HDD”, Press enter
Down arrow to “Data Recovery”, Press enter
Down arrow to “Offline NT Password & Registry Editor 110511”, Press enter (This may have changed during software revisions)
When prompted boot, just hit enter.
Select the Windows Drive, 1-n where n is # of partitions. Typically look for the drive that has the most allocated disk space (non-BOOT drive). So hit the # then enter
It asks about the config path, which should just be already entered as the default, hit enter.
Now it asks which registry to load, hit 1 (Password reset [sam system security] and hit enter.
Now select “Edit user data and passwords”, 1 and hit enter.
It will list the accounts available on the local machine. We want the Administrator (or equivalent user account). You can type in the username, or type in the RID. For ease, type in Administrator and hit enter.
Enter 1 (Clear (blank) user password) and hit enter.
It will ask what user account to apply this for, which should auto fill Administrator. If not, type in urel$admin and hit enter.
We are now done, hit q and hit enter.
Type in ! (Shift + 1) and hit enter.
Hit q again. And hit enter (to quit)
Now it asks if we want to write the file(s) back, hit y and enter.
It asks if we want to try again, if it failed, which I’m assuming at this point it hasn’t. So hit n and enter.
Control+Alt+Delete to reset the computer, and log in to Windows. You have now reset your windows admin password.
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