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Help: Admin. User Info. Changed on My Computer

Posted on 04/29/2010 9:36:49 AM PDT by hsmomx3

I think I did something really stupid. I was messing around in the admin. settings and I was listed as the admin and do not have a password to get into anything because my computer is at home.

I changed myself from admin to regular user or whatever it was called and now I am unable to change back to admin. It asks me for a password and when I attempted to put one in, it said it was a bad password.

I do not want passwords.

I need some help getting out of that mess, too.

Thanks!


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: vista; windows
thanks
1 posted on 04/29/2010 9:36:50 AM PDT by hsmomx3
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To: hsmomx3

2 posted on 04/29/2010 9:39:28 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: hsmomx3; ShadowAce

You may have to reinstall your OS if you have XP.


3 posted on 04/29/2010 9:39:51 AM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: Perdogg

I have vista home


4 posted on 04/29/2010 9:40:22 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: hsmomx3

If you did not ever set an Admin password then when it asks you for one just hit enter


5 posted on 04/29/2010 9:41:34 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: hsmomx3

did you ever have an admin password? If not just leave the field blank and try logging in....or try “password”


6 posted on 04/29/2010 9:42:01 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: Elderberry

it has the word password in there....do i just continue anyway?


7 posted on 04/29/2010 9:42:19 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: hsmomx3

delete it and hit OK


8 posted on 04/29/2010 9:43:32 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: Elderberry

it says logon failure unknown user....do i put in another name and do this?


9 posted on 04/29/2010 9:43:53 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: hsmomx3

I’m still on XP.

Try just hitting enter.

If that doesn’t work, try clearing it out and then hit enter.


10 posted on 04/29/2010 9:44:56 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: NMEwithin

won’t let me. i have my name highlighted and to the left i requested to change account type. it is asking for a password and i try to leave it blank but it will not let me.


11 posted on 04/29/2010 9:45:28 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: Elderberry

will not let me clear that word


12 posted on 04/29/2010 9:45:51 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: hsmomx3
You need a copy of KeyLock which is on MS ERD Cd

I guess you don't have it. But yes, as stated. Do a reinstall (over the top) of what you have so that you don't lose much and reset the Administrator PW then.

Also, always have a 2nd account that has full Administrative rights. You would be all set now if you had one

13 posted on 04/29/2010 9:47:07 AM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Give me a hand up, not a hand out)
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To: hsmomx3

try administrator or admin


14 posted on 04/29/2010 9:48:53 AM PDT by sniper63 (Bang,Bang, Maxwell's Silver hammer........)
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To: hsmomx3

Try unplugging your system for ten seconds only-—then replug.

Let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Then restart.

Should restore all your settings.


15 posted on 04/29/2010 9:49:37 AM PDT by Liz (If teens can procreate in a Volkswagen, why does a spotted owl need 2000 acres? JD Hayworth)
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To: hsmomx3

If it gives you the option of entering a ‘user’ name,
put ‘administrator’ and hit enter twice.

Once you are in windows, click ‘start’, ‘settings’, ‘control panel’, ‘user accounts’ and delete the password for the user name you set up.


16 posted on 04/29/2010 9:53:04 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

i did enter a password and then deleted it

i just want to go back to admin user like i was before. i did not have a password then


17 posted on 04/29/2010 9:54:39 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: hsmomx3

I Googled Vista admin password and found the following:

http://4sysops.com/archives/three-ways-to-reset-a-windows-vista-admin-password/

Comment by Wyccant — July 2, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

Boot into safe mode

once you are in a safe mode command prompt just type “explorer”. This will bring up the Windows Shell, from there:
go to user accounts in control panel
click “Manage user accounts”

From there I right clicked the Administrator, enabled the account, then right click again and reset password

*DON’T reset the password on users unless you have to because you could lose data but the Administrator account is disabled by default in Vista so you can use that as a means of rescuing a pc in distress.

*N.B This is (imo) a pretty serious security flaw so expect it to be patched/hotfixed soon.


18 posted on 04/29/2010 9:55:02 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: hsmomx3
From this site:

Enable the Administrator Account
1. Open the command prompt with Administrative privileges by opening the Start Menu, and typing cmd in the search box, and then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter
or click the Start orb, All Programs, Accessories, right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
2. Type the following in the command prompt and press Enter after:
net user administrator /active:yes
3. Restart your computer and logon as Administrator.

Once you can log into the newly created Administrator account, you should be able to change the type of your current named account from Limited back to Administrator setting. (I haven't tried this myself, but it's worth a shot.)

19 posted on 04/29/2010 9:56:07 AM PDT by shezza (Darling husband will be home from Afghanistan in four and a half weeks!!)
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To: BornToBeAmerican

SHould have been Locksmith and not Keylock


20 posted on 04/29/2010 9:56:58 AM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Give me a hand up, not a hand out)
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To: hsmomx3

I don’t know if Vista is like XP, but if you want to set your administrator account to default, the do this.

Right click ‘My Computer’ and click ‘properties’.

Click ‘advanced’.

Click ‘settings’ under ‘User Profiles’.

Click on the user name you set up.

Click ‘delete’.

Reboot.

You should now be administrator by default.


21 posted on 04/29/2010 10:01:08 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

it won’t let me. i need a password for that and then another pop-up called RA Media comes up and asks for password.


22 posted on 04/29/2010 10:03:02 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: Liz

did that but it did not do as you say


23 posted on 04/29/2010 10:03:35 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: Bigh4u2

should i enter a password for my name now in case it goes into a sleep mode. i was under the impression it would need a password to awaken. advise please.


24 posted on 04/29/2010 10:05:34 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: hsmomx3

Question to the forum:

Would running System Restore revert to the former state for Administrator?


25 posted on 04/29/2010 10:16:18 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: hsmomx3
TRY;

start
all programs
accessories
system tools
system restore

Pick a date when everything worked fine and see if it will set itself back

26 posted on 04/29/2010 10:16:31 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

so do a system restore?


27 posted on 04/29/2010 10:20:09 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: TomGuy

It will not allow me as it asks for an admin password!!


28 posted on 04/29/2010 10:22:58 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: hsmomx3

I had a problem a few years ago getting into a Windows 2000 system. I found a free password cracker that did the job. It worked on everything up to Win XP - don’t know if it will work w/Vista or Win 7.

It is called Bootdisk and you create a boot disk [Linux-based]. Then, you shut down the computer, insert the disk, and turn on. Bootdisk then starts the computer in Linux and runs its program - follow the instructions and it will re-set the password to nothing [that is, if you get a password prompt the next time you boot up - hit Enter]. Then, you shut the computer down, remove the disk, and re-boot.

Windows will then start up. Then, you need to change your Admin rights ...

The URL is: at http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/.

There are also other programs available - Google “bootdisk, crack, password, etc. ...


29 posted on 04/29/2010 10:23:48 AM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Lmo56

I am not computer savvy when it comes to booting, etc. I am very hesitant to try anything.


30 posted on 04/29/2010 10:24:52 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: hsmomx3

Laziest computer hacker ever...


31 posted on 04/29/2010 10:26:09 AM PDT by kajingawd (Humans share 50.6% of their DNA with bananas...most my friends are bananas)
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To: hsmomx3

Oops !!!

Glad I checked this - they moved the Web Page for Bootdisk ...

It is now at http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/


32 posted on 04/29/2010 10:27:12 AM PDT by Lmo56
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To: hsmomx3

Here is one thing you can try if you have access to another computer with Vista.

From Microsoft:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Create-a-password-reset-disk


33 posted on 04/29/2010 10:28:17 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

no, i do not.


34 posted on 04/29/2010 10:29:33 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: hsmomx3
I am not computer savvy when it comes to booting, etc. I am very hesitant to try anything.

Worked for me - send me a private reply with your e-mail addy and I will send you a Word document I wrote about this. It will step you through the process ...

35 posted on 04/29/2010 10:30:20 AM PDT by Lmo56
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To: hsmomx3

Ok.. Short of getting a ‘password recovery’ program, I’m not sure what else you can do other than trying to remember what password you typed in when you set up the account.

Are you sure you don’t have a virus?

There are a few out there that change your logon password and lock you out of the system.

Even doing an ‘Repair install’ will not fix this.


36 posted on 04/29/2010 10:32:53 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

All checked out ok.


37 posted on 04/29/2010 10:34:45 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: hsmomx3

Ok..

Even with a Password recovery or reset program, you need to burn a CD to use it. If you have no access to another computer, then you aren’t going to have any luck short of loading up an old DOS program to burn it. That’s if you can find one.

Any friends or family members who might be able to help?

If not, then a computer shop could do it for you for a fee.

Do you remember each step you took when you set up the new user account?

It might help to figure out where a ‘password’ got entered.


38 posted on 04/29/2010 10:43:59 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: hsmomx3

A google search has alot of results.

You might check a few of them to see if they point you in the right direction.

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&ei=VsXZS6uqE57k9AT5iIXYAQ&sa=X&oi=spellfullpage&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&ved=0CAwQvgUoAA&q=help+reset+administator+password+Windows+xp&nfpr=1&fp=84c7fb41710deb10

==

Especially check this one:

Change XP Administrator Password WITHOUT KNOWING IT

http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2006/10/11/change-xp-administrator-password-without-knowing-it/

[Disclaimer: I have never used the freeware program referenced in the above link.]


39 posted on 04/29/2010 10:49:59 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: hsmomx3

Ok.. Here’s one more thing you can try.

When you boot up and get to the logon screen, hit ‘Ctrl-Alt-Delete’ twice! (2 times)

It will take you to the traditional logon on screen and ask for User and and password.

Type ‘Administrator’ and hit enter twice.

It should take you to windows where you can change User passwords.


40 posted on 04/29/2010 10:59:35 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: BornToBeAmerican

This. I second the vote for keylock. I had to do the same myself. Keylock will override the changes you made.


41 posted on 04/29/2010 11:44:17 AM PDT by BenKenobi
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To: Bigh4u2; All

I found this today and would like your opinions as it sounds too easy:

start pressing
the F8 Key until you see a black screen menu. Select the Safe Mode option,
using the Arrow keys and press Enter.

On the login screen, you should see the Administrator account. This account
does not have a password associated with it. Click this account icon and the
system should boot to Safe Mode. Be patient, safe mode can take a few
minutes to load.

Once the system is loaded, go to Control Panel / User Accounts. Select to
“Manage another account” select one of the Standard accounts and then select
to “Change the account type”. Change the type to Administrator.

Reboot and log on with the account you just changed. Always make sure that
you have at least one administrator account configured on the computer.


42 posted on 04/29/2010 1:36:26 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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To: hsmomx3

Yes. That should work IF you didn’t set a password for the ‘Administrator’ account.

BUT, if you did, then just type ‘Admin’ and try to logon on.

Or try to boot up normally and hit ‘Ctrl-Alt-Del’ twice to take you to the ‘logon’ screen and do the same thing.

Hope this helps.

Gotta run.. Sleep time.. I get up at 1am for work..

:0)


43 posted on 04/29/2010 2:29:57 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2; All

Thanks all for your help.

Looks like I will have to do a re-install of my system. Am not in a hurry though as long as I have my internet up and running and can do what I need to do.


44 posted on 04/29/2010 8:21:27 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO..........)
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