Windows Vista Home Premium administrator password recovery

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Administrator password
Fingerprint authentication
Microsoft Windows Vista
Windows password recovery
Windows Vista Home Premium
I forgot my password to my PC but I am able to login with the fingerprint login. I want to change/remove the password but it asks me for the current password to do this. I have administrator rights on my PC. I am using Vista SP2.

Software/Hardware used:
Windows Vista Home Premium SP2

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I wrote up a post on this a while ago here. With Vista it is basically the same. All you need to do is download a Offline NT Password Recovery disk. You can change your current password or blank it out.

The download is found here.

Boot to the CD after you burn the image. You will select your windows installation and then the user in question. Finally you will be able to make the change and write the changes back.

I find that blanking the password works better than changing it for whatever reason.

Then log in as normal and feel free to change the password using the normal method.

If you have accessibility options enabled and no hard disk encryption, try this…

Boot to installation media and get a cmd prompt

run the following commands:
copy c:\windows\system32\magnify.exe c:\windows\system32\magnify.exe.old
copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\magnify.exe


When prompted to login, click the accessibility button (bottom left) and place a check next to screen magnifier.  This should launch a command prompt window with system level privs.  You can now *safely* change the administrator’s password.

There are some other way to reset Windows password with a bootable CD/DVD or USB

flash drive.
1. Reset windows password with Ophcrack

2. Reset windows password with “Advanced WIndows password recovery tool

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  • EmNichs
    Hi ArlonJ, Microsoft has a few suggestions in the Vista forums. Give this a shot and see if you get a resolution. If not, let us know. Good luck! Em
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  • locasleee
    You can log on as administrator on safe mode.Press F8 when you start the computer and choose Safe Mode to get in.If you can not log in safe mode, try the tool bellow,it is the best method without lose anything. In consideration of remaining all programs and data of the computer,I recomend you to use a passowrd tool:Windows Password Rescuer.It supports all versions of windows operation system.Recover Windows password without lose anything.Here are the simple guide: Step 1: Download Windows Password Rescuer Personal and install it in any available computer Step 2: Burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive Step 3: BIOS settings of your locked computer to make it boot from CD/DVD or USB flash drive Step 4: Reset Windows password successfully. You also can use Windows Password Rescuer to add a new user with administrator privilege to your Windows. With this New user account you can logon your locked computer directly to copy important data from the locked computer if you want to reinstall your Windows system at last.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Elcomsoft has a good tool for this as well - it's called Elcomsoft System Recovery.
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