You can use:
Change Your Forgotten Windows Password with the Linux System Rescue CD - the How-To Geek
It works for XP & Vista, i've heard vista is a bit flakey - worked for me though on Ultimate.
Got a Vista home machine (the cook's) and one profile corrupted so I'd like to logon as admin and create new user.
Other profile is just limited use so I can't use that to do it.
Any help greatlyfully recieved
The "adminstrator" account is disabled by default, the only way to enable it that I know is to boot into safe mode.
Remember that you should remove profiles using System Properties - User Profiles or vista will throw a wobbly. Don't just delete them.
The various things to reset the password for admin won't help if the account's disabled but I think you should be able to use them to blank the password, boot in safe mode when the account is available, log on as administrator and then either enable the admin account (can't remember what gui tools are available but net user administrator /active:yes at the prompt will do it) or once you've logged on in safe mode you can just rename the broken profile folder - that should force creation of a new one for that user at next logon.
SimpleSi (1st February 2010)
From the post i linked you can also create admin accs and enable / disable accs. Pretty sure it does, anyway.
Microsoft D.A.R.T 6.0 automatically enables the account when the password is reset.
Microsoft Windows Enterprise: Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset
If you have SA on your licensing you can download it from the MS Licensing Center.
If you want to try this as an alternative, it was origionally done on Vista but worked equally as well on a Forest Root DC where they had forgotten the password! - Scary!
I booted it into safe mode but no administrator account visiible!
didn't seem too
I've brought it home and need to get it out tommorrow (sorry later on today - waiting to pick up daughter from her 18th birthday bash at the momentL) and have another play.
This is about the 5th corrupted profile issue (e.g they can't logon) I've had to deal with - never had a single one on a standalone XP machine (actually I think I did have one on a reception class machine once but then again it died completely the next week due to hard drive complete failure so it doesn't count )
COuldn't find laptop yesterday - wwent into school not there either!
Came home and found my wife had tidied it away in coat cupboard
Anyway, safe mode didn't bring up admin logon so tried safe mode command line.
Still brought up the 2 normal 2 user logons and GUI???? tried the broken Cathy logon - it let me in and then gave dos window????
Is this normal for Vista??
Anyway - did the net user administrator /active:yes and rebooted - Administrator logon now available and works
When I says works I mean its let me logon where I was bombarded with msgs purporting to be coming from AV stype products telling me I was infected and needed to click on them
Shes uses a 3G dongle so rather than risk my network, I've used that to download MSE and we'll see what that thinks about these other "AV" programs
Thanks for help.
I think my problem is that I never see a Vista machine working OK
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