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Forgot Windows login password, only have a local account

Q: Forgot Windows login password, only have a local account

I can't log in to my computer because I forgot my password. I didn't set up a Microsoft account, so I only have the local account. I'm really stuck! If anyone has a solution for me, I would appreciate it so much!

Thank you so much!

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A: Forgot Windows login password, only have a local account

This is a tough one unless you made a password recovery disk, had a MS account or have another user account. Ways of making another user account you will need a Windows 10 installation disk to boot from. Other option is to call MS or reinstall windows.


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I must create a roughly a dozen LOCAL accounts on a MS Surface Pro 3 running Windows 8.1 that is shared in a workplace. The workplace has a Windows 2003 Server and a domain; the Surface is in the domain and known in the Active Directory.
I would like to create each account with a dummy password, and require the user to change the password immediately on first login.

How do I do that? Is the technique for Windows 10 the same?

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My grandmother was recently hacked and she changed all her passwords herself (yay!). However she did not write down her new local user account password for her laptop.

I tried downloading OPHCrack, I burned it as an ISO file and put it on a DVD-R(only thing I had on hand) and i changed the boot order on her BIOS menu to had the DVD drive as the first priority. It does not run....I hear the disk drive moving, or spinning but the program does not run. Are there any other options or do I have to do a complete system restore to bypass this? Also if that is what I have to do how do I do that without being in her control panel?

A:Old Problem New User- Forgot Local User Account Password

Hello there "hater",are you sure you downloaded the right OPHcrack version?It should be the one that is intended to be used on,not the one being used to download and be burned on.Try imgburn,never failed me to create bootable CDs or DVDs.

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My wife used a local password to log into Win 10, and got a Microsoft account, specifying another password. The next time she booted up, neither her old nor new password was accepted. We don't have a Win 10 CD to fix things, because we downloaded Win 10 online. I've tried downloading a couple of password workaround apps to my own PC, creating a USB drive that can be booted from, putting it into her computer, and configuring her BIOS to boot from it, but Windows always starts same as usual; looks as if it's not reading the USB drive regardless of the BIOS setting.

I've also tried booting up in Safe Mode with Command Prompt, but I'm not given a command prompt; just a larger login screen. Has anyone any other ideas to either change her password or just disable her password requirement altogether? She doesn't need that type of security anyway.

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Dear all,
One of workstation was running Windows 7 Pro SP1 but dis-joined from our Active Directory last night suddenly. I would like to re-join it but the password is incorrect of local administrator for opening the advanced system setting. We dont have add another
account with local admin right in this computer.
May i know that how can reset the local admin password if i want to rejoin this computer to our Active Directory? Do we have to reinstall the OS if the password of local administrator couldnt be recovered?

Thanks for your valuable comments.
Raymond Choi


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hey folks i have forgotten my windows 7 password. but i can login as i use finger scanner to login. so is there a way to remove that forgotten password?

A:Forgot my windows 7 password but can login

Hello gsbharaj,

Since you can log in, you could enable the built-in Administrator, log in to it, then use OPTION TWO below to change or remove the password for the user account that you forgot the password to.

User Account Password - Change

Hope this helps,

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Stupid me, I forgot my Windows 7 Administrator login password for a user's system and my Password Reset "disk" (USB stick) is not here with me right now.
Is there a quality free or inexpensive paid program that can help me retreive or reset it.
I see a million choices on Google but don't know what to trust and need ease of use.


Brad. :-)

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I forgot my windows login password , is there any way that i can change/ reset that from DOS (command ). Iam not able to log into windows.

A:Forgot windows login password

try safe mode there may b another account administrator pwd disabled u may try

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My sister has a Dell Demension Desktop C251 computer running Windows XP. Her 10 year old daughter put a password to log onto windows and forgot the password. There were no users on the log in screen before, when the computer booted up it went straight to the desktop. Is there anyway I could recover or reset this password? There are no other users that can be logged into to even get past the Windows User Log In screen. Thanks for any help in advance. Thanks!

-If there's any more info I need to give I will do my best to give it.

A:Forgot Windows XP Login Password


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The login password was mistakenly changed, and cannot be remembered. There is no password recovery disk. Please I need help on what to do.

A:forgot windows login password

Hi @ohzed-osigwe,Welcome to the HP Forums! I have read you are having issues with your HP 14-r022tu Notebook and issues with your Login password. Have you tried a System Restore?  F11 at the very starting of Windows. Here is a link that has helped others.  Please let me know how this goes.  Click the Thumbs up to give me a Kudos high five, just to say thanks for trying.  Thanks.

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Hi all,

My girlfriend is in Thailand at the moment.
I setup a password for her account using remote assistance, but at the time her computer was set to Thai language and I did not realise when typing the password in. She said she has tried changing the language by doing <alt+shift> and typing the password I set in different languages but she said it is not working.
The only account she had setup was called "Administrator". Is this the same account that is used for Safe Mode? Or does Safe Mode have it's own hidden Administrator and the password cannot be changed unless you change it within Safe Mode?

I am so annoyed at the moment >,<,

Kind regards,

A:Windows XP Login Password Forgot

Hi Shaun,
It is not something that we can help you with.
Tech Support Guy - Site Rules

Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with (or ways to bypass) a forgotten or unknown password, personal identification number (PIN) or any other type of access code that may be required on a computer, mobile device or web site. As there is no way to verify the actual situation or intent, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.

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Forgot the windows login password, since we have not used this pc for a very long time, and password hint did not help us. Need help to be able to log in again. ;-) Hope you can help us! Kind regards, Vigdis R

A:Forgot windows login password

Hello @VigdisR, Please try this document : http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01927511 http://hp.dezide.com/ts/start.jsp?guide=unableloginos.net&as=true&sfs=isearch&section=ccweb    Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again !!  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee 

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How can i get it back ? also, i dont have access to a floppy or cd so ill have to use usb.

A:Forgot password to my Windows 7 Account

Ok so I'm using the offline registry and password editor but i keep getting an error.

link is to slow to respond
resetting link

and it does that over and over. What's wrong ?

Ok I got past that part. But now I'm stuck again lol.

What is the path to the registry directory?

I tried hitting 1, and enter and it just gives me the same message.

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After forgot admin password on Windows 8, how to access dell computer?If just in order to login Windows 8, there are several ways available. Why? Because remove, reset, recover or bypass Windows 8 password can work.
How to remove Windows 8 admin password?
The good third-party Windows password recovery tool is the most easiest and fastest way, such as Windows Password Genius advanced. The effective tool can be used to remove password for Windows 8/7/Vista etc and reset password for Windows server. So remove admin password with it could save time and guarantee result. The advanced version is special for Windows 8 with high affection.
How to bypass Windows 8 admin password? 
Modify registry can bypass admin password to access computer. 1. Click “Win + R” to open “Run” dialog, input “regedit” command and click “OK” to enter registry setting surface of Windows 82. Modify HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\WinlogonRight-click and create a new string value, rename value name as AutoAdminlogon3. Find DefaultUserName, set it as the default user name to sign in Windows. And create string value DefaultPassword, set the value as the password of the default Windows login user.
How to recover Windows 8 admin password?
Reset disk is the most appropriate utility for Windows 8 admin password recovery. It is usually created before you forgot admin password. So on logon screen, when you type wrong password, a mes... Read more

A:How to Login Windows 8 after Forgot Admin Password?

Great idea! I have ever forgot my Windows 8 administrator password and locked out of computer. My boyfriend helped me reset my forgotten Win 8 password and regained access to my locked computer by following this video guide: How to Reset Windows 8 Password?

It is really helpful!

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I Forgot My Windows 7 User Login Password. Guest is disabled. What is the best way to reset my user account? PS: I didn't have a reset disk.

A:Forgot windows 7 login password, how to reset?

Deukriely You need to Google for Trinity Rescue Kit, download the ISO file, and make a CD or USB stick from that.  When you boot from that, it will give you the option to blank your password. Once you have done that, you can then login to Windows and reset it.Good Luck

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my manual says i have to bring my notebook to gateway so they can reset it
does anyone know a way around this?

A:FORGOT my windows login password for gateway HELP!!!!!

Try going into the Safe Mode. Press F8 before you see the Windows screen. Once you are in the Safe Mode, go into the Administrator user. From there, you should be able to remove the password

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Hello, I fogot my windows 7 passowrd, HP laptop. Is there any way that I can get into my HP computer without reintall the system.

A:I forgot my HP login password - windows 7, how to recover?

perterhoul wrote:Hello, I fogot my windows 7 passowrd, HP laptop. Is there any way that I can get into my HP computer without reintall the system.Try these links. How To Change or Reset a Windows 8/8.1 PasswordHow To Reset a Windows 7 PasswordReset your Windows password

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Hey HEEELLLPPPPP......I forgot my Password for my Windows 2000 Log In Screen is they anyway for me to log on....My guest account is not activatated.....I'm LOST HEELP..................

A:Forgot Windows 2000 LogIn Password

Try this http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

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I Forgot My Password To Login To My Computer And Now I Can't Get On It At All. Is There Any Way To Get Around This? IT HAS WINDOWS 2000 PROFESSIONAL.

A:Forgot Login Password Windows 2000

Hi Deannat,
Since you aren't able to login to your computer, the following link is probably what you need:

Good Luck!

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is there ANY way i get into my account? i forgot my password and im on my moms account right now whitch is not the administrator , what do i dooo ?

A:Solved: Grr I forgot my password to my account on windows

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Windows Xp laptop debian with a penguin 7 sign in I forgot my login and password I am not sure how to figure this out to sign in also I would like to upgrade it to Windows 10 Thank you Candyies

A:Windows Xp laptop debian forgot login and password

We don't provide help here with a password-protected laptop because we have no way to confirm ownership or the intent for wanting to access it.

If that laptop(which you didn't describe) came with Windows XP and is several years old, you can forget about running Windows 10 in it.


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So... It's not quite that simple...
She is taking an online course to learn Ancient Greek and uses a program that allows her to type using Greek symbols. The problem arose when she decided to change the account password to a Greek word using this keyboard application. Being that it is an non-windows application, it does not boot up until AFTER you have logged into windows. Therefore, she can't reproduce the symbols without use of the on-screen Ancient Greek keyboard. We are actually only unable to reproduce ONE symbol... The Omega with circumflex. It is the only character in her entire password for which there is NOT a special character shortcut. Her account is the only one on the computer. Therefore, I assume that makes her the admin. There was no PIN entered / picture chose when she initially setup the laptop. Changing our Windows, AKA Live, PW doesn't help because this is a 'local PW'. I can't just reinstall the OS and lose all of her work... Not to mention the last 5 years worth of family pictures my wife had JUST backed up onto the HD before moving them to a more secure environment. Can anybody give me any hope?

A:Daughter Changed Windows 10 Login Password... Promptly forgot. HELP!

May I suggest that you first save all your files before you do anything else. This is one way it can be done ==>

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums

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as you can see, local accounts are present on this computer
but I cant log in to them. Please help me fix this thing.

A:Cant Login to Local Account after Windows update

Hello BananaPhone,

If you have not already, then you might see if restarting the computer may sort it.

If not, then you could try doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened to hopefully fix it.

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Any way to prevent Windows 10 from changing from Local Account Login to Microsoft account login? I go through the process of changing my login to Local and a few days later Windows 10 says it updated files and the next time I start to login the system has been reset to Microsoft login and after logging in when I go to reset it to Local login it won't let me choose the same User Name. Is there anyway to prevent this other than installing Linux?


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I'm sure this gets asked a lot, but I can't find exactly what I'm looking for.

A few months ago, my mom bought a laptop from Dell. She set it up with 2 local accounts, with her as the only admin account, and now she's forgotten the password.

All the information I've found requires you to either have made a password recovery disk, or have a windows recovery disk. Her computer didn't even come with the windows recovery disk, so she has neither. I can still log into the second account, but it's not admin so I can't do anything.

Losing the data on the computer is fine at this point; she didn't really have much, and I can backup what she did have. But again, I don't have a recovery disk so I'm not sure what to do.

Thanks for any help!

A:Windows Local Account lost password

Welcome to the forum. We cant help cracking passwords but if its a dell you normally have either a recovery partition or an option to create dvds what is model number?

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I can't get past my login forgot my password

A:forgotten password for my windows 8, local account

We don't provide help here with a password-protected computer because we have no way of knowing the real intent of the person who is trying to access it. Sorry!


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Sorry for the length of this post but I think it needs explaining.

I bought this laptop for a gift to my grandson about three years ago. Against my wishes, he has used it primarily to play high usage PC games. About 6 months ago it was hardly working anymore, viruses, malware, you name it.

I did a complete factory restore but he set it up to open with his hotmail user account on the "Lock Screen" in Windows 8.1, but he did give me his how hotmail email address and password so I can login. Well, within about two months later he had all the same issues back again and so he just quit using the laptop completely.

He gave it back to me and I cleaned everything up again (without doing a factory recovery) and also upgraded it from the original Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.

Everything is working perfectly, it's very fast now and I love it.

Only issue I can see is if he (my grandson) deletes or changes his hotmail account I won't be able to login and also his emails are available for me to read (but I don't) and I don't use his email account. I use a webmail account of my own.

As I mentioned earlier, this laptop is running and set up perfectly for me with this one exception.

Without doing a complete factory recover, how can I chnage this laptop from requiring his (my grandsons) hotmail address and password to no login being required at all (as I am the only user now) or to run with a local account (as I believe it is referred to)?

A:How to change login from a hotmail account to a local login?

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Im locked out of a windows XP pc, and the client has no clue as to what the admin password could be! I have came across some tools, but I want to know what everybody is using lately. What tools do you guys use for resetting your local admin password? besided wiping it out.

A:Solved: Forgot local admin password for XP...

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Hello All,
   I need to remove user passwords. Yes I have removed Admin password. I have used Trinity, Hiren's boot disk, UBCD and other linux and password removal programs. I want to remove the user passwords from the login. I have done the safe mode startup and disabled the EUFI. I cannot login to the admin or safe mode unless i enter the user password. Which is what I am trying to remove. I have watched videos and read tutorials and all of them tell me to login and then change the password. Is there any possible way to remove this? I am talking about the main user login that has the user name with the email under it. Is there a way to remove them from pulling the hard drive and accessing it through usb as an external drive. I have been through multiple forums and all with the same thing. They all tell me to login and then change the safe mode or user settings. I want to remove the user password without loging in. PLEASE do not send me a site that shows me how to remove password after loging in or login and change the start up or settings. I already know how to do those things. Like I said I already removed admin password, but I cannot login or it does not show that user as a choice to login. Yes I am very frustrated with this. I think I am going to quit my job and quit working on computers if this is what Is installed for the future.   <<<<this is how I feel. DUMB!!   

A:Remove login password/ forgot password

That's a touchy subject...yes, there are ways to do what you want, but...I'm hesitant to assist, since there's no way for me to know what your intentions are or whether or not you have ownership of/ should have access to  the PC in question.  I know that sounds unhelpful at best and rude at the least, but...I'd go back to Google, if I were you. 

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Need help trying to reset the password. I'm having trouble logining the computer, I don't have a disk nor flask drive. Help please

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A:forgot login password

Hi, There's a general policy on the forun not to provide ways of bypassing Windows log-on passwords due to security/privacy issues - however, any local computer shop should be able to reset this for you or, if you have all your data backed up, you could consider resetting the machine to its factory condition and setting up the account again. Regards, DP-K

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Just set password this week and can not log in.

A:Forgot up password login

Any suggestions other than paying HP $ 50?

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4years back i made it to login automatically. now i dont remember what was password. how can i revert to login prompt or recover password ?
i had coped the home group password in a fle. can it help

A:login password forgot ?

it seems i had not created apassword when the user was reated. now i could create password and login with new password. tried restart and it works. i used the netplwiz as said in the other forum .
it works anyways. now i thnk the upgrade to windows 10 will come up in a few days or so.

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someone gave me a nice laptop. its password protected. how can I bypass this or reset the password? is their an easy way? I don't have any disks.

A:cant login, forgot password

As a working computer tech, I have the solution to that...but, telling you how to do it would Violate Forum Rules.

Take the little PC to a reliable computer shop and see if they will do it for you. That's the best advice I am allowed to give.

Good luck!

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Today I was trying to change my password for my computer login. I enter the current password and the new one and it said the current one was not correct. I can't seem to remember what my password is.Is there anyway to find out or change it?

A:Forgot login password. Help!

Sorry but Forum Rules prevent us from helping with Password bypassing.
This thread will be closed.

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Hello my daughter has forgot her login password to her HP 2000-239wmnotebook how can i reset it without losing everything ?

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Hi, I have forgot login password of hp laptop. I don't have Microsoft account to reset it. Is there any procedure.

A:Forgot login password

Vinz7 Sorry, but there is  no way that HP can recover your password. Here is a link to some steps you can try, and in your case, they are the ones near the end of the post:  http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04648973 Good Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol on the left of the Reply button to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution" -- to help others find the solution.========================================================================

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i need help for my friends laptop how do i get the login password ,i don't have administrator account either so my laptop is completely useless

A:What do i do when i forgot my login password

you turn around and go back to google :)
we cant help you here im afraid

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I hate a compaq presario. And i forgot my login password, and i am completely screwed.. Please if anyone knows a way i can get past the initial login screen, i then could change it to something easier to remember.. Please help.. thanks so much..

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A:Forgot my login password

We don't 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.

From the Tech Support Forum Rules & Conduct


Users may not post hacks, cracks, or give instruction how to pirate any type of software, or anything similar, in any forum of TSF. We do not condone, support or give instruction on any illegal activity pertaining to computer systems, computer hardware, computer software programs or computer related activities. Included in this group of activities are requests for help to circumvent system admin passwords or Administrator settings on networks. We do understand that the majority of requests may be legitimate, but we do not have the means to discern these from non-legitimate requests.


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I created another account here before I created this one, and I've forgotten the password for it (the first account).


A:Forgot password to first account

Lost Password Recovery FormIf you have forgotten your username or password, you can request to have your username emailed to you and to reset your password. When you fill in your registered email address, you will be sent instructions on how to reset your password.


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ok so i seem to have woken up this morning with amnesia lol,i cannot remember my admin account password to log into windows.... and i did not create a password disk.
any tips on what i should do to reset the password even though i cant actually log into windows?

I've beeen think and thinking but i cannot remember it. lol

A:forgot xp account password

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I only have one account on my laptop (so I think it's the administrator one, unless that one is hidden on the welcome screen). Recently I added a password to it, and after that I wasn't on it for a while, so I forgot what it was.

I've tried everything. I'm still working on a list of what the password could've been, so when I'm finished with that I'll try all of them. Is there any way to reset it or retrieve it or something, like in safe mode, or some sort of setting in safe mode or something?

I found another thread like this, and someone said it was against the rules because it was illegal, but I don't see how trying to get my own account's password is illegal! And if it is, what are you supposed to do, because I bet millions of people forget their passwords!

A:I forgot my only account's password


I don't see how trying to get my own account's password is illegal!

Due to Forum Rules we cannot assist with password retrieval. We don't know if you actually own this computer or if you are trying to access a computer illegally.
Restart the computer and press F8. Boot into Safe Mode. Here the Hidden Built in Administrator account which was established when the XP was installed, will be accessible. Try booting into the Administrator account. If you did not set a password for this account, leave it blank. If you can't log into that account then you are out of luck. This thread is now closed.

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I am running a home version windows vista. I forgot the administrator password and need to login to delete some unwanted files that refused
to go away.

Any idea how I can access without reinstalling the whole thing?

Thank you.

A:Forgot Administrator Password to login

We cannot help you recover passwords. This is against forum rules.

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pls how can I recover my window login password

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hi i forgot my password to my admin acct on vista. i have done just about everything from restore to reboot to creating a cd which booted at startup and no matter what i do i cannot get this solved. any help would be greatly appreciated. i have a microsoft vista premium 32 bit desktop comp. i cant even restore to factory settings because i dont have my original cds and to make them i need permission from admin which is me but forgot password. also there is no other admin acct on my comp just that one. thanks

A:forgot my password for vista login

So how come the hint, that you give yourself when you created the password, did not help?

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pls how can I recover my window login password.

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is there any way to get into my xp admin account it just keeps saying ive forgot my password ? help please

A:cant login to win xp admin password forgot

thanks in advance if u can help mr on this

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