How do you override administrator password?

December 5, 2010 at 08:17:19
Specs: Windows Vista Home Basic
We forgot the administrator password - is there a way to override this so we can log on to the laptop and change it?

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#1
December 5, 2010 at 08:51:38
sorry, people do NOT forget an administrator password. If you are the rightful owner, then call the Laptop manufacturer eg: Acer, HP, etc and explain your problem. Be sure to have all the info they need and they will help you.

If you are not the owner, then contact the person that sold or gave you the laptop to get the password. Other than that you may have to use the laptop for a small boat anchor.

Bear in mind, there is NO password recovery software you can buy that will crack a bios password, you would just be wasting money.

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#2
December 5, 2010 at 09:01:07
The above is false, the only way to recover would be through a reboot (the one that cleans your whole hard drive and starts from scratch) You will usually have a reboot option on the boot screen, if not insert the Windows DVD you received (if you received it) from the computing company and reboot. If you wish for all data to be kept though, simply follow the above comment. Good luck!

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#3
December 5, 2010 at 09:08:21
sorry, a bios password will not allow you to reformat and in most cases, even getting a new HD will not work. Response #2 might not be too familiar with bios passwords ;-)

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#4
December 5, 2010 at 14:34:11
the password is set by Windows, a reboot will fix the trick. This however, will lose all your data.
The Recovery Manager does not need a password to reboot the PC, and can be accessed during boot load up, which also does not require a password. W'ere talking about a simple Windows admin password.. not some sort of encrypted password.

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#5
December 5, 2010 at 16:28:43

the password is set by Windows, a reboot will fix the trick.

Do you even know what a reboot is? Doesn't seem like it...sorry ...I've also never heard of a reboot losing any data...you may want to rephrase your answer a bit, that may help.

Are you confused between a reboot and a reformat? WOW...I think I'm missing something here.

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#6
December 5, 2010 at 17:23:07
Ugh, why do so many people misinterpret the meaning of reboot.
Anyway, I clearly explained what I meant above. You don't even care about my responses at this moment just to clear up YOUR responses. So anyway, just "reinstall the OS" and you should be fine.

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#7
April 3, 2011 at 01:55:31
Damn People nothing is impossible and XpUser4Real there apparently in a lot you have not heard of. No one is talking about software espionage attempting to back door Windows.

An Admin password can be overriden and it can be wiped. Hell you can go to Best Buys and pay 50 bucks and get the entire pc wiped down to the last kernnel. The admin password is the password that the first buyer sets as he/she boots the system for the first time. In that area the buyer identifies himself as the administrator.

The PC will prompt for a password but does not demand one. You may choose no security at all as the initial admin. The answer to this persons question is:

Back up the hard drive on disc or thumb drive. Insert windows recovery disc and two options will appear.....Restore PC keeping previous files or Restore to return the PC back to factory settings.

Reboot/Restart and identify yourself as the admin and select your own password or no security at all.....Problem solved!


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