How to reset Windows XP or Windows Vista Administrator passwords

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http://www.liberiangeek.net – When you forget your password or the administrator’s password for your Windows XP or Vista machines, it can be a real pain attempting to login to your system. Guessing the passwords and failing three (3) or more times will automatically lock your Windows account except for the administrator. Once your account is locked, it will take the administrator of that machine to unlock it. If you knew the administrator passwords, it wouldn’t be difficult, but the problems is you don’t know the administrator passwords and that’s where reading this tutorial comes in.   In this brief tutorial, I’ll show your how to unlock your Windows XP or Vista administrator passwords and help you avoid reinstalling Windows altogether.   For this project we’ll use a tool called Hiren’s Boot CD. Hiren’s Boot CD is an all in one bootable CD that allows you to run anti-virus scans, reset Windows account passwords, partition hard drive and many other useful PC tasks.   This tutorial is only going to show you how to reset Windows passwords. You’re free to  use the tool for other things other then resetting passwords.     1) Download Hiren’s Boot CD from here. You’ll need to burn the ISO image onto a blank CD/DVD disc before you can use it. To learn how to burn ISO images onto a blank CD/DVD disc, click here.     2) Once the file is downloaded, right-click on the file then select ‘Extract All..’ command on the list as shown below.     3) Open the extracted files and burn the image below onto a black CD/DVD disc.       4) Pop in the CD/DVD image disc and boot from it. Then use the down-arrow to select Dos BootCD from the list.       5) Next select Options # 3 to reset password.       6) Next select Option #3. (Active Password Changer 3.0.420)       7) Next enter #2 as your choice.       Press Enter here to continue       9) Enter the account # you want to remote the password.       10) Enter ‘Y’ for yes on this screen to clear the account password.     To end the process, continue to hit the Esc key on the keyboard until you reach the prompt. Then type shutdown and shutdown the computer. Try logging in and this time, the account has no password. Join the forum discussion on this post — (1) Posts (HowTos)