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Change vista admin password from a non admin account

By maxglover1989
Jan 18, 2009
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  1. hiya every1,
    a friend of the family is running vista on his laptop, his son set himself as the admin as he got his hands on the laptop first, he then decided to change the password and he has now forgotten it, as he is the only user with admin privilleges no1 else can install anything, at first i said i could do it as i didn know he was running vista and i thought he was running xp, but now i have no idea how to do this as all market software requires installation and tht requires admin rights and password is there anything else i could try for instance a piece of code typed in the cmd

    obviously last resort would be format the drive and start again

    any help would be much appreciated thank you

    max
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    Try booting into Safe Mode; tapping f8 1/sec until you get the prompt

    depending upon how it was all installed, you *may* be able to login the
    Administrator id using an empty password.

    If so, await the desktop, the run->control->User Accounts
    Change Password on the Administrator login you just go in with
    Find other Admin accounts and change those logins (differently)

    and record all of these changes somewhere not on the machine :)
  3. brucethetech

    brucethetech TS Enthusiast Posts: 301

    net user administrator passwd

    where administrator is desired account and passwd id the desired passwd
    i think they fixed the safe mode trick with vista.....rightfully so....serious flaw

    just noticed the non-admin part....good luck
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  5. maxglover1989

    maxglover1989 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 57

    no such luck fellas do you think reformatting is the only hope

    duno though any other choice
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    If the above Live CD cannot find it, then nothing will ;)
  7. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 743

    I've always used 'active password changer', works fine for XP and Vista.
    You will need to install it on another pc, which surely isn't a problem for you, (unless you live on your own islands with no neighbours), just to create a boot disk for APC and away you go.
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