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February 25, 2010
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Anyone know of a good prog to do this as a friend has had her laptop hacked by another person and is locked out of administrative functions.

February 25, 2010
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Crap man I know the perfect tool, but I can't remember the name – it is on the tip of my tongue!

February 25, 2010
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LaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh I have days like that too my friend ………….everyday Laugh

February 25, 2010
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Me too I used it a while ago and it worked perfectly >_<.  I think it may have been Ophcrack, but I seem to remember it was something else…I remember it looked different.

Anyway have a look at these.

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February 25, 2010
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When I worked at the pawnshop in town we had a couple  people pawn their computers, and then never came back for them. The guy that took them in forgot to get passwords for them, so we couldn't sell them because we couldn't get into them to clean them out first.

Both times I did a google search and got a long list of free programs for doing what you need.

If Ashraf or Pwnana don't remember the name of the programs they're thinking of, and the list Pwnana provided the link to doesn't work out, do a google search for “change vista password free”. You should be able to find one that'll do what you need there.

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February 25, 2010
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Pwnana said:

Me too I used it a while ago and it worked perfectly >_<.  I think it may have been Ophcrack, but I seem to remember it was something else…I remember it looked different.

Anyway have a look at these.


Ah Ophcrack. Yes Ophcrack should be able to get the password but I was thinking about another “easier” tool.

February 25, 2010
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Yes indeed Ophcrack is one. There is one more -

http://itsvista.com/2007/04/itsvista-tip-50-reset-your-lost-vista-password-without-a-reset-disc/ . I quote :-

“ITsVISTA Tip 50: Reset your lost Vista password without a reset disc

TipsYou boozed it up with your friends last night, and now you’ve gone and killed the brain cells that held your Vista password. What do you do? Thankfully there is a way to reset your password so you can get back in, but you’ll need access to another computer, and your wallet, to make it work.

You go to logon but you can’t remember your password. Try as you may, it’s not letting you in.

There’s an option to ‘Reset your password’, but you find when you click it that you should have previously created a ‘Reset Disc’ as I described in an earlier tip. If you had created that disc, you’d be able to reset your password without further hassle, but since you didn’t, it’s going to cost you in time, effort, and dollars.

  1. Active@ Password Changer to the rescue! I always prefer free alternatives to any task, and I’ve read that there is a way to reset a password through a Linux disc, but I’ve also heard you need to know Linux to build it and make it work. In a situation like this where you need to get back in easily and quickly, sometimes spending a few dollars is justified (if you’re time and data isn’t worth the cost of the software, you can always reinstall Vista). On another computer, go to the Password Changer website and purchase Active Password Changer ($39.99-$59.99). The method I’ll be displaying here is available through the less expensive 3.0 version. Look for a review soon that will show how the newer 3.5 version works. Note that there is a demo version available that works for all but the last (and most important) step of actually resetting the password.
  2. Once you’ve purchased and installed the software (they send you a link to download the software), create a bootable ISO CD/DVD using the steps I describe in my post called “ImgBurn: A free Vista compatible disc image burning package“. You’ll find the iso image file at C:Program FilesActive Data Recovery SoftwareActive Password ChangerPwd-changer-boot-cd.iso if you used the default installation options.
  3. Once you have the boot disc created, pop it into your Vista computer and start it up. Depending on how your BIOS is set, it may automatically boot from the disc, or you may have to bring up a boot device menu. On Dell computers you can do this by pressing F12 at the beginning of the boot process, most boot screens will display information on what key you need to press to get the menu where you will then want to choose your CD/DVD drive (Leave a comment letting others know your brand of computer and how you got to your boot menu!).
  4. When the computer boots from the boot disc you’ll see this initial screen asking how you’d like to boot. Type 0 to do a clean boot with the Active@ Password Changer software.
    Welcome Screen
  1. You’ll then get three options, I selected option 2 (type 2 then press Enter to let the software go find the file it needs.
    Options
  2. The software will search the available drives on your computer looking for SAM databases, which is where your user account information is stored.
    Searching
  3. Once it finds it, press Enter to continue. If you have more than one OS installed, you’ll need to select the one you wish to reset.
    Found!
  4. You’ll see a list of accounts that exist in the selected SAM database. If you’re the only user on the computer there will likely be three accounts: Administrator, Guest, and your account. Type the number of your account (probably 1) and press Enter.
    Select account
  5. You’ll see how the software is going to change that users account, namely by clearing the users password. Press Y to tell it to make the change.
    Clear password
  6. Done! You’ll be told that the change was made, your password has been reset to be empty. You can now eject the boot disc, and restart your computer.
    Done
  7. Vista will load, and if your’s is the only account, it will automatically login. You’re back baby!
    Welcome Back!

Once you’re back in you should set a password (stay tuned, the next tip will describe how to do that) and you should also create a reset disc as I describe in tip 9 (sure you have a way to reset the password, but it’s always good to have options).”

RameshSmile

February 26, 2010
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Hi black raven! Smile

Refer – http://www.topshareware.com/007-password-recovery-for-vista-os/downloads/1.htm

I've another version of this app which tells you if there is an asterix pasword i.e. ***** it tells you what ***** stands for. Unfortunately what i have aka 007 Password Recovery is not meant for Vista

The link I gave you is meant for Vista.

Hope it helps

RameshSmile

February 26, 2010
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I don't know if anyone has come across this forum bug, but only “lately” when I click on imbedded pictures in forums (like on ramesh's reply), 2 of the same pic pops up. Yell

It's not that troublesome for me, but just to give a heads-up. (Vista 64-bit 17″)

February 26, 2010
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@Jyo:  Yup X(

Me too :/

Oh, the site that was :(
February 26, 2010
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Yea me too.  It looks like there are 2 modules running when you click a picture.  One enlarges the picture but keeps it in place, and the other moves it to center screen.

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February 26, 2010
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Jyo said:

I don't know if anyone has come across this forum bug, but only “lately” when I click on imbedded pictures in forums (like on ramesh's reply), 2 of the same pic pops up. Yell

It's not that troublesome for me, but just to give a heads-up. (Vista 64-bit 17″)


Ya I know =(. I have been trying to fix it.

February 26, 2010
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I like the one where… wait I'd rather have inline embedded images that are original size.

Oh, the site that was :(
February 26, 2010
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Locutus said:I like the one where… wait I'd rather have inline embedded images that are original size.


If I did that then the page width would mess up >.>'. Anyway we are off topic. Lets not hijack this thread =P.

February 27, 2010
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Ashraf said:

Jyo said:

I don’t know if anyone has come across this forum bug, but only “lately” when I click on imbedded pictures in forums (like on ramesh’s reply), 2 of the same pic pops up. Yell

 

It’s not that troublesome for me, but just to give a heads-up. (Vista 64-bit 17″)


Ya I know =(. I have been trying to fix it.

 

Fixed! Back on topic everyone Laugh.

January 13, 2013
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black raven said
Anyone know of a good prog to do this as a friend has had her laptop hacked by another person and is locked out of administrative functions.

You might try rebuilding from the recovery disks and see if that puts the password back the way you set it.
If that seems like too much of a hassle, you might want to try the tool here

January 13, 2013
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If you’d like a multipurpose tool that will help you out of multiple jams, download Rescatux and burn the ISO to a CD. Next computer catastrophe, boot from it and you can do all kinds of things, one of which is remove Windows passwords. Keep it handy, and try it just to see what it will do.

Rescatux is at http://www.supergrubdisk.org

 

January 14, 2013
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Ashraf said
Crap man I know the perfect tool, but I can’t remember the name – it is on the tip of my tongue!

Kon-Boot. Available now.™

They put the old free version on mediafire for us (http://www.mediafire.com/?e51u3rce5a5c0mn) (Password for the archive: kon-boot), however the latest version isn’t free. Frown The paid version is $18.99 USD. $75.00 USD if you want a commercial use license.

Stick the disc in the drive (or in the case of USB stick the stick in the jack… sorry, I like puns… yeah. Laugh ), start ‘er up, and watch as everything looks normal.

But then the magic happens. You try to log on, as anyone, without any password, and it works! Yahoo! (not to be confused with the NASDAQ traded compony YHOO of course.)

While your in there, it might be worth changing your password. And keeping the disc safe from disreputable relatives that want your data. Wink

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