What to do if your Vista Password Stops Working and you only have One Log On Account

Has this happened to you? You own a Vista laptop computer with only one account that was made by the salesperson who sold you your computer. Both the Administrator and the Guest accounts in your laptop are hidden and the single account that you're using belongs to Administrator Group which gives you the power to perform administrative tasks on your laptop computer. Unfortunately, you changed and forgot the password for that single account that you're using and now you're unable to log on to your laptop.

They key to getting out of this dilemma is to be able to enter the operating system using the Administrator account by bypassing the need to log on to the computer. Once inside a running Vista computer, you should be able to launch a command prompt where you can now change the password settings in your computer. Changing your password settings using the command prompt that was launched outside of the log on screen will not effect any change to your Vista computer's configuration settings.

You can try using the F8 technique where you enter the Vista operating system to repair configuration errors in your computer. You should be able to run a command prompt and change your password settings but sadly, your changes seem to get lost when you restart your computer. You can also try using a Vista repair disk and successfully launch a command prompt to change your Vista computer's password settings. But when you restart your computer, the changes that you made in your password settings are not actually implemented.

The first thing to do is to know if the Administrator account in your Vista laptop is password-protected. You would obviously do one thing if the Administrator account has a password and do something else if password is not required to use that account. You can download a Linux-based password cracking program and run it on your Vista laptop not for the purpose of knowing what the Administrator password is but only to know if the Administrator account requires a password or not.

The next thing to do is download a Vista computer recovery disk from the Internet. Burn the recovery disk unto a blank CD or DVD disk and run it on your Vista laptop. Choose the option to open a command prompt while running your Vista recovery disk. Rename one of the easy accessibility programs in the Vista log on screen like for example the magnifier program to cmd.exe. Be sure to rename first the program you are renaming to something else so you can change back its program names to its original setting after you have resolved your lost password problem. Exit the Vista recovery disk by shutting down your Vista computer.

Power on your computer and run the easy accessibility program you have renamed. This will give you what Microsoft calls an elevated command prompt which runs the cmd.exe program that resides on the System32 folder using the Administrator's account. If the Administrator account does not have a password, use a net user command in the command prompt window to make the Administrator account active. Exit the command prompt window, shutdown the computer, and power it on again. The administrator account should now be shown on the Vista log on screen. Enter the computer using the Administrator account and make the necessary changes in your password settings. Shutdown your computer and run the Vista recovery disk again. Open a command prompt and reverse all the changes you have made on the easy accessibility program names.

If the Administrator account is password-protected, make it active first if it is hidden in the log on desktop using a net user command in the command prompt window. Then use the net user command again to place a new password for the Administrator account. Exit the command prompt and shutdown your computer. Power on your Vista laptop again and enter the operating system using the Administrator account and entering the new password that you have given it. Make the necessary password setting changes using the control panel of your Vista computer. Shutdown the computer and run the recovery disk again to reverse the changes you have made to easy accessibility program names.

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