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If its a XP operating system on you laptop then you can boot to safe mode by tapping f8 key when the laptop is powering on and in safe mode choose admin account and once logged in can go to user accounts from control panel and under user account select the profile for which you have forget the password and click manage account from there you can change or clear the password
note : by default there would be no password for admin account in safe
Vista or Windows 7 OS you can try doing a restore if the password was expired then it will ask you to enter a new password if not reinstall of the OS is the solution
try doing system restore by tapping F11 if its Vista or F10 if its XP
or If you have only one Admin account in Vista and have forgotten the password for the same and dont want to reinstall the operating system and land up loosing all your data, this tip is for you.
1) Restart the PC with the Vista Boot Disc. 2) Select Repair Your Computer option 3) Select the Command Prompt
Or - If you dont have a Vista Boot Disc then boot your PC to DOS using any Dos boot disk or other O/s disc.
4) goto "C:\" 5) Navigate to C:\Windows\System32 ( cd c:\windows\system32) 6) Now we will rename the utility manager to cmd.
Type the following commands, - ren cmd.exe cmdold.exe - ren utilman.exe cmd.exe exit
7) we have renamed it successfully. 8) Restart the PC without the disc, reach the screen where you are asked for you password. 9) You will see a white blue icon on bottom left. 10) Click on the icon and CMD will open up, type the following command in CMD. - net user administrator /active exit 11) Restart the PC, and you will find you have one more administrator account 12) logon with the new account, goto user accounts and remove the password for your old account. 13) restart the PC with the Disc again, and goto the command prompt as we did in the step 1-3. 14) type the following command, - cd c:\windows\system32 - ren cmd.exe utilman.exe - ren cmdold.exe cmd.exe
15) restart the PC, and logon to your own account, open CMD by going from start menu. 16) type the following and restart the PC. - net user administrator /active:no
17) restart the PC and now you only have one account and thats your own account.
Discussion: When we are running imagex we are not deleting user data from the HDD, in this process we are overwriting data. But, its better to set expectation to Customer that thre might be possibility of data loss. After completing the process we can logon to the system with new user account that we create and we can retrieve data from old user profile. Here is the process to run Imagex: 1. Boot to the computer using VISTA DVD. 2. Select the option repair my computer. 3. Go to command prompt 4. Go to D: prompt 5. Type Path d:\windows;d:\windows\system32 and press Enter 6. Go to Tools folder using command "cd tools". 7. Use this command Imagex /apply d:\dell\image\factory.wim 1 c:\ This process will take 15 Minutes after that reboot the system. After rebboting we will get OOBE Screen. We can logon to the system using new username. We can retrieve the data by navigating to old user profile. How to retrieve the data from the old user profile after using the Imagex procedure : 1. Click Computer 2. Click Local Disk C: 3. Locate Windows.old and double click on the same 4. Click Users 5. Click <username> Note : <username> would be the login name for which he has forgotten the password 6. Accordingly you can access the files available in the folders Desktop, Favourites, Music, Downloads etc
If the system is asking for an administrator password in Windows and you are wanting to format and reinstall the system, then the password shouldn't be an issue. Most inspiron systems are equipped with a PC Restore partition CTRL+F11 just after the Dell Splash Screen should enable the restore process. If PC Restore doesn't work, then boot to the XP CD and format the NTFS partition and install Windows XP clean. If you have Windows Vista, the PC Restore is run from the F8 Boot menu. If no restore partition is accessible in Vista, then again Boot to the Vista DVD and format the NTFS partition and install VIsta.
Windows Vista Repair through DVD Windows Vista comes with a very
handy feature from Windows ME days -- System Restore. Vista's System
Restore is far more sophisticated than its previous iterations and can
be of a real help here.
1. Just pop in the Vista DVD, make sure your BIOS is able to boot (start) from DVD-ROM first.
2. Press any key to boot from DVD when asked.
3. Set the Language to install, Time and currency format and Keyboard or input method
4. Now click Repair your computer, select the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
5. Click System Restore, and then click Next.
6. Click the restore point that was a day before you changed the password, and then click Next. Doing
this will set your computer back in time to the particular date when it
was working fine. Don't worry, you won't lose any data -- only that any
settings or programs installed after that date will not be accessible
anymore. All you've to is re-install and redo any settings that you did.
7. Confirm the disks that you want to restore, and then click Next.
8. Click Finish, and then click Yes when you are prompted.
9. When the System Restore process is complete, hit Restart computer.
10. You can either remove the Windows DVD or just don't hit any key
on the keyboard when it asks again to "Press any key." The computer
will start much faster if you remove the Vista DVD.
11. After the computer restarts, click Close to confirm that the System Restore process has finished successfully.
12. After you log on with the old password, change the password for the administrator account if you like.
13. This step is most important -- Remember the password this time.
14. Restart the computer to make sure that your new password works fine.
This is a known vista issue where it creates a backup of your profile for some reason there registry edits to try and fix it but a system restore is much easier. Follow the below steps to solve problem.
Turned computer on and immediately pressed F8 repeatedly until I got "Advanced Boot Options" select "Safe Mode" computer then opens safe mode login as admin if possible, with a "Help" window, in the help window there is an underlined "What is System Restore?" then select "Click to open System Restore" restore to a previous state before which the fault occurred. Click OK and after config changes should be good to go.
The only way I know how to reverse a password that you have forgotten on Windows Vista)
This way is to boot from the Windows Vista Home Premium DVD-ROM drive and then run the system restore utility off the disc. You can revert back to a time when you did not have the password but this will erase any programs you have installed up to the date you forgot it.