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How to Reset Windows Vista Administrator Password?

Have you ever forgotten your Windows Vista administrator password? Well, there is nothing worse than forgetting your Windows password when you have a great deal of work to do in your computer. In order to log on your computer, you may try your guest account, but you could not download or install programs on your computer in this account. In this case, how to reset Windows Vista admin password?

Here we will show you two easy and efficient ways to reset admin password. Thus, if you forgot Windows Vista admin password next time, you could reset the forgotten password easily.

Method 1: Reset Windows Vista administrator password in safe mode

  1. Preparation Time: about 10 minutes
  2. Pros: Simple and free
  3. Cons: Need other available administrator accounts

You can reset the Vista administrator password with command prompt in safe mode with an available administrator account. If you have another administrator account, try the steps below:

Press F8 when your Windows Vista PC is booting. You will come to the Advanced Boot Options. Then click Safe Mode with Command Prompt and press Enter.

enter safe mode

Enter safe mode with an available administrator account.

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Type net user and press Enter. The command prompt will show you all accounts on the Windows Vista PC.

list account

Type net user Paul 123 (Paul is the locked administrator account's name and 123 is the new password) and press Enter. Now you have successfully reset the password of the locked account to 123.

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Type shutdown -r -t 00 and press Enter.


Your Windows Vista PC will be rebooted automatically and then you can log on Windows Vista with the new password.

Method 2: Reset Windows Vista administrator password with software

  1. Preparation Time: About 5 minutes
  2. Pros: Fast and secure
  3. Cons: Not free but only $19.95

Windows Login Recovery is easy-to-use software which is designed to reset the forgotten Windows password. No matter how long and how complicated the password is, this software can 100% reset the forgotten password in a few minutes. You could use this software to create a password reset disk when you forgot Windows Vista administrator password. With the disk you could easily reset the forgotten administrator password. All you need to do is just three steps:

Download and install Windows Login Recovery in any computers.
Burn a Windows password reset disk with the software.
Reset the forgotten password with the password reset disk.

You can also follow this detailed Windows Login Recovery User Guide.

These two administrator password reset methods are helpful for you when you forgot Windows Vista administrator password. Thus, there will be no more Vista admin password lost matters that may trouble you.

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