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Vista's 'D' drive locked.. help...!

Q: Vista's 'D' drive locked.. help...!

I'v downloaded 'Easy Drive Lock v4.2' from an well known website.
That was a zip file. I extracted it.
There were two files, EasyDriveLock.exe & Unlock.exe.
I opend EasyDriveLock.exe and set a password.
Then I lock my 'D' drive.
So its name in 'My Computer' become as 'Access Denied D'.
I tried to open it, then a dialog box appear, saying :
"D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied."
Then I opend Unlock.exe, select drive 'D', gave the password & clicked on 'Unlock' tab.
Again a dialog box appear, saying :
"UnLock Successed..!"
But in real, nothing happened..!!!
I tried it again by using 'EasyDriveLock.exe
But the problem is still remain.
My OS is Vista Home Premium 32bit.
Please Please Please Help Me to get out of this, because my all important data is on drive 'D'.
Thanks in advance..

Preferred Solution: Vista's 'D' drive locked.. help...!

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A: Vista's 'D' drive locked.. help...!

The best way is to go back to the sites "EasyDriveLock.exe & Unlock.exe"

and get helps from them .....i believe they can unlock it for you ...

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I was running Windows Vista 64 Bit with no problems but decided to give Windows 7 64 bit a try. After trying Windows 7, I decided I would go ahead and go back to Vista 64 bit until there is more support from driver manufacturers, etc.

My issue is that after going back and installing Vista 64, I cannot access certain directories on my D Drive. I get the error message "You don't currently have permission to access this folder"

This is on a 100% Fresh Clean install (Not upgrade). I have reformatted the C Drive and put a brand new fresh installation of Vista 64 on it 3 times and I get this message. I even went ahead and used the security options to "Take control" of the folders which then allowed me to access them, but this is still causing me issues with programs etc.

Also even after I took control of the folders, I did another fresh install and it went back to saying I do not have permission to access them. The folders are on my Storage drive. I only use the default login Windows sets up when I install it. It has administrator rights. I have even turned User Account Control (UAC) Off and it STILL denies me access until I take control.

The only thing I can think is that Windows 7 somehow put some hidden files on the D Drive that Vista is noticing causing me to be locked out of these folders.

NOTE: These are normal folders. Not system folders or anything. Just ordinary folders with music, pictures, etc.

Can anyone please help me ?

A:Locked out of my D Drive even after fresh install of Vista

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If anyone can help, I'd be grateful as I cant complete this job until I figure this one out.

My client had vista on his machine and the OS is corrupt. I'm going to wipe the hard drive and restore it with XP. Some of his folders are locked/private/protected. So he probably chose to keep files private.

I need to back up his data before I wipe the hard drive, but I cant access his my documents folder: "Access Denied". I connected his hard drive to my machine with XP Pro on it, booted to Safe Mode and logged in as Administrator. Right clicked on some of these folders and for properties I have no security tab. There's a security tab on most of his other folders but not the ones I need to back up. So I cant change ownership like you can normally do if this thing was done in XP. There is a Sharing Tab, but if I try to share it: "Access Denied" Read only and hidden are checked in the general tab and also greyed out so those values cant be changed. Is there a program out there that I can get to do this? How about something on Hiren 10.2?

Did a little brainstorming and thought I'd create an account with his name and original password on it and try to access it through that account still in safe mode. No luck -exactly the same situation. Course, I'm doing this within XP as I dont have a Vista machine around here at the moment. I also tried creating the same account and password on a Mac and got the same results as well.

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A:Opening locked files from a Vista hard drive connected to an XP Machine


Have a look at this tutorial on how to bring back the security tab in Vista: Security Properties Tab - Restore or Remove

Once you have done this, I have included a program to corrupt all permissions for the specified file or folder. DO NOT MISUSE THIS APPLICATION! Once all permissions have been removed from that folder, put some new permissions back the normal way.

The program is called takeown.exe and is simple to use from Command Prompt:

takeown.exe C:\ExampleFolder\ExampleFile.txt
takeown.exe C:\ExampleFolder\*

I think you understand now. Any problems, just post back.


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I have a 2007 Dell desktop that never had any updates. It's a friend's computer and I started doing all the updates through the updater, there were about 90. This was working ok and then after restarting it was stuck with the screen configuring updates - part 3 of 3 do not turn off.

I didn't realize there were all these problems with Vista until this had already happened.

I booted from the Vista DVD and have tried to restore but it gives me an error and says it won't restore. I've gone through each of the restore points and none work.

What else can I do?

A:Updating windows Vista, locked in update mode, can't restore using Vista DVD

Try this:


More info here:

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Ok this for the first hard drive I've been trying to unlock my original hard drive again I have a second hard drive that is also locked an would like to get both unlocked so I've been working on the 1st drive to get it unlocked I will try to list what I've
tried to get it unlocked.
I've tried running :
Chkdsk.  f,v,r,l,x,    bootrec/fixmbr , fixmbr , fixboot , scans , rebuildbcd.   Wmic I've tried using different items from here even tried bitlocker cmd.   Bdehdcfg.exe , manage-bide.exe , repair-bide.exe , manage-bde-status an
said that bit is unlocked I've tried booting from a CD , flash drive ,int & my ext drive tried all kinds of things an I'm not getting any where and very frustrated cause now having a new drive to also become locked and trying to getting unlocked using
some of these item on it also an got no where with it and i really wondering why this is happening an what would be causing this issue is win 10 or my WD backup drive I'm at a lost in this matter an could use so e assistance in this matter with both drives
I've kept a booklet and written down things about issue an all my items that I've saved stuff on my phone & tablet to try. 
Thank you in advance for any assistance , Shagg(Jerry)

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Hey Guys,

I needed*to install SQL Server 2014 Management Studio for a database course that I'm taking. I wasn't able to load the database, so I played around with the C drive permissions and I ended up losing all access to my C drive.*If I try to*go anywhere like Acer Recovery Management or C: Security Tab or UAC, I get "access is denied".*I have my Windows 8 recovery USB and I played around in the command prompt but ended up making it worse. (Before I could still log on and use Chrome) but now I'm getting "\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD - You'll need to use Recovery tools" It*messed up when I tried this command "bcdboot c:\Windows /l en-us /s x: /f ALL" I tried all the other commands from this website:


except for the paid software:

Easy Recovery Essentials ?

but haven't bought it yet. I know*it can be fixed*from the command prompt but I'm not sure how. When I try "Reset*/ Refresh your PC" from the recovery media, I still get "The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again"*I have all my files saved on Google drive so I don't mind losing anything. What can you suggest?

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Used Lenovo OS recovery DVD's for Win8.1 to setup machine (old system crashed and couldn't be recovered) back to factory default. Once in Windows, used the Recovery tool (Control Panel -> Recovery) to create a recovery USB drive. Followed instructions from https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht080887 and created a recovery USB drive. I then wanted to test this drive before I loaded all my applications and again followed the instructions in that article to "reset pc" using the USB drive. It appeared to reset the pc (I watched it go from 0% up to just about 100%) and then it rebooted. After reboot, it went right back into the USB recovery drive. I removed the USB drive and rebooted it again, and got a "no operating system..." error. When I insert the USB recovery drive back in and use the utility, it tells me the drive is locked. This tells me it didn't "reset pc" like it was supposed to do, but I followed everything to a "t". Any suggestions?

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I just got a new/used Acer Aspire One laptop. The OS on the Acer and my home computer (a Gateway laptop) is Win 7 Home 32 bit. A Cruzer 4gb USB flash drive came with the Acer laptop.
The USB flash drive has been split up. 3.73gb's is on the original (drive letter G) and 97meg's is on a virtual drive (drive letter F). According to Win 7 computer management. The virtual drive on the USB stick is locked. Every attempt to dump the virtual drive and make the hole USB flash drive 4gb's with 1 drive letter have hit a dead end. I can reformat the 3.73gb on the original drive letter G but the virtual drive F remains read only. And I don't need the prog stored there anyways.

A:re: how to del a locked virtual drive on a usb flash drive

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I recently purchased a Gateway computer with Windows Vista 64 bit installed on it. I set it up and when I logged into my account it downloaded some updates. It restarted my computer and when I tried to log into my account, all it would say is 'the username or password is incorrect'. I checked if caps lock is on, it's not. I tried to go into safe mode into an administrator account, but vista doesn't have them enabled by default. Is there any way I can get back into Vista? Thanks.

Also, I do not have the install disk because I purchased my computer through a third party website and I just bought the tower.

A:Locked out of Vista

Hello Naimo,

If you still have the factory recovery partition, then you could do a factory restore using the instructions from Gateway to reinstall Vista with.

Hope this helps,

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Hey guys,
got a problem! Pretty sure a friend of mine ended up entering a password to a pop-up which was probably a virus! He hasn't been able to log in to Windows (Vista) since. I backed up his hard drive and I could just reformat but he uses AOL for work and needs the folders he created in his account (and they are not in the AOL folder in program files); he can log into AOL email on a different computer and see most of his mail but the business folders he created are not there(they are seen on the computer he created AOL on but can't get into windows on that one). I've removed 30+ viruses on his hard drive and ran [name removed by mod] on it and it doesn't find the password. Any idea's on how to either find the password (he didn't create a password reset disk) or get his folders from AOL?

A:Locked out of vista!

As a longer term member you should be familiar with the forums rules.

Please read the forum rules on hacks,craks and passwords.

No help will be given on this issue.


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Hello, recently i forgot my password to my login screen on actaully log on my computer, i do not have a reset disk or anything to reset it back, is there a away i can get it back? Cheers, Samuel3

A:Locked out of vista!!!!

Please read the rules.

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Hi all,

On my vista home premium instalation. a ex friend of mine set a password using comand prompt net user and didnt tell me what it is.

I am the only user on the computer
administrator account is disabled

A:Locked out of vista

Boot from your vista installation dvd and do a system restore

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I run a small business and recently had to lay off an employee. The Vista based PC that she was assigned to is screen locked and she had set the password to a value only she knows. Is there a way to bypass this? Ps. We don't know the Admin password.

A:Vista Locked Out

Did she lock it on purpose? First, you contact her. Ask for the password. If she refuses, you have an attorney contact her regarding committing a cybercrime against your company. File a police report and have her arrested for commiting a cybercrime. She could be arrested and sued for any lost data, lost revenue caused by her locking out the computer. Tell her you will be hiring a computer security firm to recover the password and information at her expense. She could be facing thousands of dollars in cost.

You don't want to access the computer yourself, if she locked it intentionally. You want to file a police report and hire a firm to access it. In case you have court proceedings.

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My Daughter has managed to get locked out of Vista Home Premium. I finally found her paperwork ? and no system disc, just instructions on making a backup (Yes, you guessed it, ?I get a register now message every seven days, but I just tell it to remind me later?)
When I boot the computer it offers a choice between startup repair and start windows normally.
I can?t get any other option (such as safe mode) using F11.
Either choice eventually brings up a lower than normal resolution screen offering only ?Other User?.
This choices switches to a log on screen.
Entering either <Username> <password> or ?Administrator? and <blank> results in a ?can?t find domain? message. There is no option to choose a domain or leave it blank. The computer shouldn?t be part of a domain, just an MSHOME workgroup.

Any suggestions for how to get in?

This is an Acer and appears to have two partitions on the HDD; is it possible that there is a mirror of the OS I can use for repair.

Worst case I can load another O/S, such as XP. I have her Home Premium key. Is it possible download premium using that key?

A:Locked Out of Vista

Hello Stumpie, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at the tutorial at the link below to see if you can get any data from her account you need to make backups of, I haven't done this but I believe if you change her password from that account all the data will be lost; what is usually suggested is to create another 'regular' standard user account and move all her stuff into that and then the old account can be deleted. Don't let anyone use the Administrator account because it's a security risk.

The Real Built-in Administrator Account

How to Create a New User Account in Vista

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My daughter can not get into her computer. When she signs in using her password she gets the invalid password note. She is positive that it is the correct password. I asked her to go through what she had done while logged on the day before and evidently she deleted some things that were pulled up with the McAffee virus scanner. I think what happened is that she ended up deleting a couple of registry lines or something that controlled this.

What I have done-She has the Windows Vista Home premium disc so I used it to try to do a system restore hoping that it would take care of this, but it didn't. Is there any other solution other than to reinstall Vista? We are trying to not go that route unless there is a way to save all of her personal files, pictures etc. There is a program called Windows Password Reset 6.0. I was wondering if this would work? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

She was running the Vista 64-bit version.

(I am not completely computer illiterate, but please take into account that I am also no computer wiz either ) So please any elaboration on the suggestions made would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks

A:Locked out of Vista

It is against the policy of BleepingComputer to provide information on methods to reset or bypass the Administrator password. Though your question is most likely legitimate, there are others who may read this topic and use the information for less savory reasons. It is for these reasons we do not provide this type of information.If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a private message or an email. Thank you for your understanding.The weatherman BleepingComputer Forums ModeratorReference: BleepingComputer Board Rules

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Hi, well this is what happened... im using windows vista home premium, im the administrator to my pc as well as the only user/account.

Yesterday i tried to log in into my computer and it said account locked -Incorrect Password. Since i didn't changed my password and im the only one who uses my computer i found this very strange. I click the caps lock key just to make sure, tried several more times but with no avail.

I rebooted the computer, tried a couple times more and same thing : Password Incorrect. I was almost on the verge of crying.

Finally i got it fixed by clicking 'Change User' ?? (once again there's only one account ) ... so the screen went away and came back with my account but this time under my account's name it said 'already logged in' so i type in my password (same password as before) and this time i was able to log in!

My question is why did this occur???? How can i prevent this from happening again??


I was looking at some posts and there were some similar cases to mine, they recomended to perform a system restore... for me it was not necessary, perhaps this might help!

A:Vista Locked Me Out!!

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Hi my Vista Premium has been locked by Microsoft and so has m y C drive, I had very fortunatly downloaded windows 7 a couple of days before this problem arose, the Vista was installed on the laptop when bought from pc world, I had a very bad crash but it was recovered and then I got "YOU MAY BE UDSING ILIGAL SOFTARE" from m.s. I entered the correct Vista reg number but no way would it be accepted then it started rolling "enter reg .... enter entry passwoed||" then it locked Visdta and my C drive. It is still under guarantee but after having another laptop at pc world I would not feel comfortable in sending a 2nd laptop there; any help in unlocking my C drive
greatly appreciated, thanks Al

A:Vista locked by microsoft??/

<If you Do have access to the Start Button>
1) Click the Start button
2) Type: slui.exe 3 and hit the Enter key
3) Type in the Product key from the sticker on your computer
4) Click the Next button.
5) You will be asked if want to Activate, click ok
6) It will attempt to Activate by the internet and will return an Invalid Key error (this is ok, continue to step 7)
7) Click the Start button
8) Type: slui.exe 4 and hit the Enter key
9) Select your location in the drop down menu and click the Next button
10) The next screen provides the number to call to Activate by Phone
when you call that number, you will first hear an Automated Voice that will try to Activate Vista for you. If the Automated Voice gives you an option to talk to a Live Activation Rep, select that option. If not, do not enter any numbers. This should force the Automated Voice to transfer you to a Live Activation Rep. Trying to Activate thru the Automated Voice will not work, in your case, only thru the Live Activation Rep will your Activation be successful.

Once completed, you may need to reboot twice.

<If you Do Not have access to the start button>

1) Click the option 'Run with reduced functionality'
2) A internet Browser should come up, type: %windir%\system32\cmd.exe in the browser address bar
3) A window with a black background will come up
4) Type: slui.exe 3 and hit the Enter key
5) Type in the Product key from the sticker on your computer
6) Click the Next button.
7) You will ... Read more

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computer has been freezing lately, restart used to work, then starting from last known good configuration worked, but now when I turn on computer, it goes to windows error recovery screen with options, but no matter which option i choose, the following happens: sometimes it says loading files, then goes to a screen which says something about my motherboard version, and then it flashed on a blue screen for about half a second, not long enough to read anything, and then it goes to a gray screen and says "no signal", and then, back to the motherboard screen, and then back to the original windows error recovery screen. I have tried following the instructions for booting from the Vista disc, but it does not work. It seems the computer is not recognizing the operating system. When it is on the motherboard screen there is an option to hit "tab" to switch to post, or hit "del" to run bios setup.

A:Vista Ultimate 64 locked up

hi do you have files you need to save if not i would look at the possibility of a reinstall if you want to try the repair or restore from disc options again http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial142.html and http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html

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I have on my PC Vista Ultimate 32.
Last night i saw a movie near my PC and left it open (most of the time i locked it when not in use), when suddenly right in front of my eyes - the PC locked him self!
It was like i locked it myself - but alone!
So, i run AVG scan, W Defender scan and another anti-spy program scan - nothing.
My UAC is on all the time. My Fire Wall is on all the time.
I am the only user on this PC, and no one know my password.
I check in the Event Viewer and there was no unusual activity. the locked activity was mentioned but in the normal way, as if I was the one that did it.

So - what can it be???
Is it Vista failure?
Or maybe someone broke into my PC?

A:Vista Suddenly Locked

Hello roeelo.

Do you have the screen saver set to display the welcome screen?


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Vista. When pc sleeps, password is locked. I've tried to change in power options and reboot and works for a few times, then reverts back to password locked.

A:password locked vista

what do you mean by 'password is locked'?

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Hi, have a masive problem with Vista business. I cannot install programs
or run files direct. Existing programs work fine. If I try to run a file from usb or
any other sorce I get the "file not found" error. Admin tools don't work either.
I done a boot scan for virus and once I got in and did the sfc command, but both
came up negative. The vista business dvd could not find a windows installation, so I aborted he repair. I'm puzzled what could be wrong with Vista.
Many thanks for helping me.

A:Locked Vista business

Lets make sure that the obvioius causes can be eliminated.
You must do a full and upadated scan with your antivirus. It should take about an hour or so on average
You should download and make a full and upadated scan with malwarebytes.
If these come up negative try with a clean boot.

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Something is stopping Vista from:-
Running Defender
Running Security Center
Running or re-installing AVG Free 7.5
Running Windows update.
I have run Adaware 2007 & Spyware Blaster. I have also ran Avast AV from a pendrive and cleaned my system as much as I can.
Would you please check my log and see if you can help.
Thanks, Wizz

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Royce on 2008-02-14 09:57:32
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
8: 2008-02-14 09:07:23 UTC - RP497 - Installed AVG 7.5
7: 2008-02-14 08:40:16 UTC - RP496 - Installed AVG 7.5
6: 2008-02-13 23:40:57 UTC - RP495 - Installed AVG 7.5
5: 2008-02-13 23:40:19 UTC - RP494 - Installed AVG 7.5
4: 2008-02-13 23:39:35 UTC - RP493 - Removed AVG 7.5

-- First Restore Point --
1: 2008-02-13 17:49:25 UTC - RP490 - Installed Conflict Denied Ops.

Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

-- HijackThis Clone ------------------------------------------------------------

Emulating logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2008-02-14 10:01:48
Platform: Windows Vista (6.00.6000)
MSIE: Internet Explorer (7.00.6000.16386)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Media Experience\DMXLauncher.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.... Read more

A:Locked out of Vista Ultimate

Bump Please
I am desperate !! I am not able to install ANY AV or AntiSpy software on my Vista system.
I am bumping my thread via my laptop because I dare not use my Vista PC without ANY protection.
I don't want to re-format my PC other than a last resort, but if you are unable to help I will have to.

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Hello everybody, I am running a dual boot of Windows XP and Windows Vista. So for some reason, when I went into Vista, I accidentally took control of the Windows XP My Documents, and now cannot access it when im in Windows XP. I do not know what to do to allow Windows XP permission back to My Documents :( help is needed, thanks :)

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Right now I am in win xp. Need help bad. Wont boot into Vista. Sometime the last time I
was in vista I messed with settings now it tells me I cant access this computer. I booted
with the vista cd and tried a system restore and thst did no good. I went back to try a restore to a way earlier date and was told I have no restore points. Tried to boot into safe
mode and safe mode with command prompt and came back and told me I cant access this
computer to see the administrator. The sad part is I am the administrator. So now I need
to get any ideas of how to get back into vista. Thanks.

A:Solved: Locked out of Vista

Reinstall it.

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Hello I am writing from my girlfriend's laptop because Windows Vista has locked me out of mine.

There is only one user account with Vista on my laptop and the account's profile will not load up after I type in my password. The password is correct and Vista does not say that it is incorrect, it just says that the account profile cannot be loaded up.

How do I deal with this when I cannot get to my desktop?

A:[SOLVED] Help! Vista has locked me out!

The error message that I read after I try to log on with my good password is in French but in English it would go something like this:


"User profile could not be loaded"

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I acquired an HP notebook with Vista pre-installed. The HDD is full and basically contains a Vista partition (which is 95% empty) and another partition containing HP utilities.

I tried to decrease the size of the Vista partition using Acronis Disk Director in order to get space to install a dual bootable XP. Nothing happens. DD does not even show the ribbon representing the space occupied by the partition on the disk.

I tried to split the partition. I get an Acronis error message telling me the operation is not possible.

When I try to copy the partition to a USB disk, Acronis lets me select the Vista partition and the free space on the target disk but the NEXT button remaims grayed out.

On the other hand, I can carry out any DD operation with the HP partition.

Is this a lock-out by Vista or by HP?

A:Vista Partition Locked

Do you have the latest version and updates for Disk Director? It's only recently that it's become "Vista able". There are (IMO) slight differences between the NTFS in XP and the NTFS in Vista (seen when swapping a flash drive from an XP system to a Vista system - it always wants to fix the durned thing).

I suspect that HP hasn't changed the procedure for making it's recovery partitions - so I'd suspect that this was an incompatibility between Disk Director and Vista (but it's only conjecture on my part).

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My 4 year old son turned on the computer when no one was looking and typed in various random entries into the password box and now we?re locked out! How can I reset this?
I would be grateful to know if anyone can help with this.

A:Vista Password locked

Have you tried turning the computer off then back on again?

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I got an HP notebook with Vista pre-installed. The HDD is full and basically contains a Vista partition (which is 95% empty) and another partition containing HP utilities.

I tried to decrease the size of the Vista partition using Acronis Disk Director in order to get space to install a dual bootable XP. Nothing happens. DD does not even show the ribbon representing the space occupied by the partition on the disk.

I tried to split the partition. I get an Acronis error message telling me the operation is not possible.

When I try to copy the partition to a USB disk, Acronis lets me select the Vista partition and the free space on the target disk but the NEXT button remaims grayed out.

On the other hand, I can carry out any DD operation with the HP partition.

Is this a lock-out by Vista or by HP?

A:Vista partition locked

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hey well, vista completely went wierd so i put in the recovery disks. Now when i scroll over all proggrames menu, no menu comes up and i cant get on my pictures it says c:/documents and setting/(username) access is denied i went through my computer and went t hrough c:// and change the security tabs and somehow got in that way but cant get in from start menu and i have no icons in my startup menu yet i have all programme files and can launch any programme from shortcuts on my desktop or in the c folder but why cant i get on the all programmes menu?! and why cant i get access when i know i have full administration!

A:VISTA>>reinstall xp>> IM LOCKED OUT

What caused Pista, I mean, Vista to go all weird? What were you doing?

Did you just put in the recovery disks? Or did you do a recovery?

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I'm a new member so I hope this is the right forum. A client of mine has a Hewlett-Packard laptop with Vista Home Premium. A few days ago her husband used the computer for some web checking and did something to the computer. Neither one of them can figure out what he did, but now all her files seem to be locked or read-only. She can open a file or e-mail, but cannot edit. She was able to forward an e-mail to another computer and from that computer she could use the file. It would seem that something got pressed wrong on the keyboard and that has rendered the files uneditable. I'm new to Vista since I'm much more used to Windows XP, so I was wondering if anyone out there had any ideas as to what we can try in order to restore full use of her files.

Any information would be gratefully appreciated.

Many thanks.

A:locked files in Vista

Hello trainun,
Welcome to the forums.

Do you get any error message when you try to edit a file?
You can right click on one of the files and select properties from the menu. If read only is checked then uncheck. If not then click on the security tab. Click on the user name and check the permissions for that file.
If this is a group of files in a folder, right click on the folder and check for read only and permissions for the folder.

Hope this helps.

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Hello. I have Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

Upon restarting after attempting to change my SID [I KNOW. STUPID MOVE ON MY PART], I cannot access my old (Admin) account on my PC. (Or ANY other account on the computer for that matter, only a Guest account that it automatically logs me into.)

Is there ANY way to recover from this? I mean there has to be some kind of solution to getting the account back considering my hard drive is still filled with all of the data stored on my user account & I can still see the folder from the guest account, just can't access it.

PLEASE help. I've tried so many things that just don't work.

ALSO: When I try getting into Safe Mode, it gives me some sort of error like, "Windows could not connect to the SEN service. Please contact your system administrator."

* System Restore is out of the picture due to my PC creating too many newer restore points.
* Hidden Admin was already unlocked, but doesn't show up when I start the PC or try to switch users.

A:Locked Out Of Vista Admin

I also need similar help to this. What is the SID? And what would changing this achieve?
I'm sure these guys can help but for now i'll just watch

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Can anyone help me. I don't know how to back up my files on the hard drive since I can't get into Windows. I really need these files. I know how to reboot from CD but it will erase my hard drive w/o letting me back up first. Vista is a major pain in my side.

A:Locked out of windows. Using Vista O/S

How are you locked out of your computer?

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Hello fellow and thank you for giving strangers such as myself your precious time and expertise.

First off, I have been searching online for 2 days to find a solution to this problem which has brought me to this site among others several times already and have not been able to find an answer to my problem.

Secondly, I am using my phone to access this site because my computer cannot access the internet among other things.

Finally, this topic may or may not be in the right place as I am not even sure of the nature of this problem.

In terms of symptoms, it's a combination of symptoms I've read about but in a combination of them I haven't.

I am pretty sure I do or did have a virus because my admin account set up a password without my knowledge or consent. Even worse, it happened while I was in safe mode.

My normal account is accessible but when i log on i get the following error message:

C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop is not accessible

and no desktop shortcuts appear except the recycle bin.

The start menu opens up but only run, cmd prompt and regedit can be accessed. If i click on any file or folder there'll be a very brief loading icon over the cursor lasting about a half a second and then stop, leaving no evidence that any attempt to open the file/folder was made.

Internet is also inaccessible from my PC but it works just fine on my playstation 3 which is hooked up to the same internet system. My phone is also using it right now ... Read more

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I acquired an HP notebook with Vista pre-installed. The HDD is full and basically contains a Vista partition (which is 95% empty) and another partition containing HP utilities.

I tried to decrease the size of the Vista partition using Acronis Disk Director in order to get space to install a dual bootable XP. Nothing happens. DD does not even show the ribbon representing the space occupied by the partition on the disk.

I tried to split the partition. I get an Acronis error message telling me the operation is not possible.

When I try to copy the partition to a USB disk, Acronis lets me select the Vista partition and the free space on the target disk but the NEXT button remaims grayed out.

On the other hand, I can carry out any DD operation with the HP partition.

Is this a lock-out by Vista or by HP?

A:[SOLVED] Vista partition locked

Hi Gswiss..

what version of DD are you using?

Have you tried creating a partition from the free space of an existing parition, rather than resize?

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hey guys this is my first post and i REALLY need yalls help. see my daughter is going through a divorce and her "wonderful" husband locked her computer and wont tell her the password. Im trying to get it unlocked for her but im not really good with computers so i need some simple english computer help from you guys. Her computer didnt come with a system restore disc so i cant whip it clean and start her back up with a "new" computer so i need yalls help really bad. thanks in advance for your help!!! Jeff

A:windows vista locked computer

Due to the sensivtive nature of your request, this is what we can offer
Password Reset Disk : Windows 7 / Vista - Windows 7 Forums
Reset User Account Password

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Does anyone know how to get past the user id and password? I just bought a new hp compaq dx2400 and i started to download some of the software it came with ....upon reaching the 3rd disk it has locked me out.
It apparently came up with its own user id and password, under "other user" which is the only option allowed to press. Ive rebooted a million times and nothing...

I called the store and they want me to bring it in. Are you serious??

A:New Vista Business download locked me out

That's the course of action I'd take. We really don't assist with password bypass instructions.

Please see the TSG Rules.

Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed., we no longer provide any help with lost passwords or getting around password protection. Obviously, we can't determine the real intent here, so our policy is to abstain from any assistance in these matters.Click to expand...

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Please help. My daughter has managed to delete my main user for windows vista. It's now appearing with a username and a password and I can not gain access. Any suggestions on what to do. Many thanks.

A:Locked out of windows vista laptop


I'm dagon and im here to try and help you, any step you're about to take are at own risk, if you dont whant it, dont use it.

[advice inconsistent with two forum rules removed by mod]

Good luck

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I just learned that a friend of mine who installed Windows Vista on my computer 1 year ago used a 'cracked' code that was only good for 1 yr.

I now am locked out of my computer and it is asking me for a 'key'.
The key that I have is for Windows XP Home, not for Vista.

I need to get in and get my files on desktop and personal folders and cannot as I have been locked out...
help please!?

A:vista expired, locked out of my computer

Hi and welcome to TSF.
Please read the rules. We cannot give any advice on cracked codes or other illegal software. The only thing you can do is purchase a legitimate key from Microsoft.

We will not provide any user with information about the location of websites that assist with the following activities

? software pirating
? hacking
? password cracking
? keystroke recording software

We will also not offer advice, assistance or instruction with regard to any of the above activities, illegal or otherwise.

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A friend of mine got a new laptop with MS Vista installed but cos he could not activate over the internet after the 30 days of free trial, the installation has locked. Is there a way out?

A:Solved: Vista installation has locked out

Call your computer's tech support site. Use a free access computer at your local library, or if you have someone else's computer you can use, to get the number from the manufacturer's website. I'm assuming it came with Vista. If he tried using an illegal copy, well, he's just screwed. Reformat and reinstall your original operating system.

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I have Windows 64 Bit Ultimate Edition installed OEM, but the machine I bought was just bought for upgrading purposes (it was cheap and I am reselling the parts), so I didn't want to activate the product key on the machine, but now the trial is expired and I am trying to use the slmgr - rearm comman (run as administrator), but its just giving me an error regardless of how I try to run slmgr.vbs:

slmgr.vbs(291.5) VBScript runtime error: class doesn't support Automation

How can I fix this so I can run windows again? I really don't want to have to activate my windows and lock it to my old machine :(

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Trial Expired, locked out of Vista, help please

format and start again is the only way with out actually having to activate winodws. there otherways but i dont think you will find it in these forums


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Hey everyone, I'm really hoping for a miracle here and that someone can help me. I stupidly have denied myself access to the entire C drive. Was fiddling around w/ permissions to try to set up a guest account and clicked the "deny" buttons for the C drive, and now I can't access it all (this is using administrator account). I can't reset the priveleges, won't even allow me access to that.

I have spent the last two days trying to find a solution online but nothing works. Tried ERD commander but it doesn't work with vista. Have tried talking to my tech friends and even they can't figure it out. I can't access anything on C and cannot reset the permissions, even as an administrator.

Please, please help!!!

A:Locked myself out of C drive

If what scsiraidguru doesn't work enable the hidden admin account and change the permissions back to default settings.

Administrator Account[11]=User Accounts

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Hi folks, my problem is this, on 1 of our home pc,s xp pro, when i try 2 run chkdisk i get a message come up that this drive is locked, windows cannot open this drive for direct access, any ideas how 2 unlock/overide this problem will be appreciated. thanks in advance.


A:Locked drive

might be caused by your anti virus program or disk monitoring software if you have any. try disabling any first. you might have to disable there services if any also.

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I have windows 8.1 and am trying to do a refresh as I've had some problems. But I keep getting a message that says, "The drive where windows are installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again." I then did a scan using "SFC/SCANNOW" When it was finished it said that it found some corrupt files but could not fix some of them. So the question is: What is a locked drive and how do you unlock it? Thanks

A:locked drive

Bit Locker?

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After thinking my computer was running well I made a restore point to that effect, after defragging and using check disc. I continued using my computer and a couple of times rebooted without problems after installing windows updates. The next morning when booting up I was completely locked out at the welcome page, asking me to validate my copy of Windows. This I did over 4 years ago, and would have ticked the box to say yes, unfortunately the mouse locked.

I have put another copy of XP onto my D:\ drive to get here and write this, but with only 25 days for activation, which I do not want. Has anybody any idea please what has happened. I do have back-ups but they would only work if I reformatted my C:\ drive which is a lot of bother.

I have tried starting in safe mode, last good known configuration, but it always locks at the welcome screen.

A:C:\ drive locked up

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Hi all, so here's an interesting problem. A friend of mine managed to use the cacls administrative tool to lock himself out of his c drive, which windows was unfortunately installed on. He "had" two admin accounts, one TestAdmin, one his name. He used cacls to lock the TestAdmin account out of c drive access, or so he thought. Apparently he managed to lock himself completely out of c drive, and now his computer won't boot. The first problem he encounters is that it asks what to boot from, and when he selects the hard drive it seems to boot normally. Then it comes up with "autochk program not found - skipping AUTOCHECK". After this it just tries to boot up again, and encounters the same problems.

Is it possible to fix this without completely deleting the My Documents folder, because there is information that he needs to use next Saturday.

He has the Windows install disk if needed.

CPU Athlon 3200+ 2.2GHz
1GB DDR Corsair PC2100 (We think)
Asus K8V
Radeon 9800 PRO 128MB AGP

Sorry for the lack of system specs, but we built it a long time ago, and don't remember what exactly is in it.

Thanks in advance.

A:Locked out of C drive

Not familair with the porgram at all, mayb a Repair Install will work?

Perform a Repair Installation

Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. Then insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.

1.When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

2.Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.

3.Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.

4.In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.

5.Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

6.Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

If you have xp sp2 installed it needs to be incorporated into your xp disk or it will not offer the repair option only the clean install.

Slipstreaming Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Create Bootable CD

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As a beginning user of Windows 8 Pro I still have my old XP installation on a separate hard disk. I tried to keep both systems in the same machine by dual-boot setup. However soon Windows 8 refused too boot with error smthg like 'Locked drive'. I just guess that maybe the previous XP session ran filecheck or smthing and now Win 8 notices unexpected tampering and security kicks in. Now I must reinstall Windows 8?

I learned that Win 8 has new advanced security measures that might be the the factor. Is there any means to loosen the security or prevent XP touching the Win 8 drive? Before I have happily multibooted 2 different Windowses and Linux installation in the same machine , all using common drives...

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