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    Dillon100 Posts: 4, Reputation: 1
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    Sep 3, 2007, 11:47 AM
    Forgot password
    I have an acer windows vista labtop and I have only one administrator acount on it and I forget the password for it I can still get into guest account but is there anything I can do to get into my other account. I also have a recovery disk for the computer I don't know if that will help and if it will I need to know how to do it.
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    SabbzR Posts: 74, Reputation: 4
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    Sep 6, 2007, 04:33 AM
    *sigh* Don't you just love Windows? Lol

    OK, here's an idea. Try making a copy of the administrator folder, its under the Users folder. For eg: C:\Users\Administrator.

    Make a backup of the folder, like write it to cd or something.

    Now take your computer to a store that specialises with computer data recovery and ask them to attempt to unlock your administrator account, if they can't get them to format and reinstall (hence why I said backup :)) vista.

    Hope this helps mate :)
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    SabbzR Posts: 74, Reputation: 4
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    Sep 6, 2007, 04:35 AM
    Oh, as an after thought - when you get the problem fixed, create a new account with administrator privileges. Its not at all recommended to use the admin account for your personal data - oh and set and easier password to remember :) like your spouses middle name, or even your bank account number (its long and complicated and you can easily remember it)

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    NeedKarma Posts: 10,635, Reputation: 1706
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    Sep 6, 2007, 04:35 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by SabbzR
    *sigh* Don't you just love Windows? lol
    Just to clear up a point here: it would be the same issue whether the forgotten admin password was on a Mac or a Linux box.
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    SabbzR Posts: 74, Reputation: 4
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    Sep 6, 2007, 04:53 AM
    Izzit? Ah, didn't know that lol :P

    Edit statement: *sigh* Don't you just love Operating Systems? Lol

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    ScottGem Posts: 64,966, Reputation: 6056
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    Sep 6, 2007, 06:05 AM
    You can contact Microsoft. If you have a registered, legal copy of Vista and can prove the machine is yours, they will help.
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    Sep 6, 2007, 07:25 AM
    While we are at this topic, you should make sure that your password is something you can remember including uppercase/letters/numbers. If you want to write it down then you can write it down with a small cipher/encrpytion you create yourself.

    For example you replace a-1, b-2, etc...

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