Vista password problem

  Doug29 21:15 21 Aug 2010

My friend has Vista installed. When he enters his password after boot up it doesn't recognise it. When he boots up in safe mode the password is OK and lets him in.

Any ideas whats wrong and how to correct it?


  rdave13 21:44 21 Aug 2010

Try changing the password in safe mode then see if it will recognise it after normal boot up.

  Doug29 22:01 21 Aug 2010

Sorry if this sounds a bit thick but can he change it so that no password is required. He said he thought he had to have one when he set it up.

If so how does he do it?

  rdave13 22:12 21 Aug 2010

Have a look at the different methods here; click here
Still think that if you can log on in safe mode in an administrator's account you should be able to change it to something simple.

  birdface 22:24 21 Aug 2010

Not sure if you can use userpassword2 in Vista or not.

click here

  Doug29 22:28 21 Aug 2010

Thanks for your help.

I will see if it works tomorrow.

  birdface 22:29 21 Aug 2010

Tell your friend to check user accounts Microsoft sometimes add another account on it which can cause problems.

  Doug29 22:31 21 Aug 2010

OK thanks

  Doug29 14:17 22 Aug 2010

My friend was able to do a system restore when he used safe mode. Problem sorted.

Many thanks for your help anyway.

  hecongyan 03:51 23 Aug 2010

Now you can Reset Windows Vista Administrator password with Three Simple Methods:

Method 1: Reset Windows Vista administrator password on safe mode

* Preparation Time: about 10 minutes
* Pros: Simple and do not need third party tools
* Cons: Need an available admin account on your Vista PC

Step 1: Press F8 when your Windows Vista PC is booting. You will come to the Advanced Boot Options. Then choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt and press Enter.

Step 2: Enter safe mode with an available admin account.

Step 3: Type net user and press Enter. The command prompt will show you all accounts on the Windows Vista PC.

Step 4: Type net user Paul 123 (Paul is the locked admin account's name and 123 is the new password) and press Enter. Now you have successfully created a new password on the locked admin account.

Step 5: Type shutdown -r -t 00 and press Enter.
Your Windows Vista PC should be rebooted automatically and then you can log on Windows Vista with the new password.

Method 2: Recover Windows Vista administrator password with freeware

* Preparation Time: More than 30 minutes
* Pros: Free and do not need to change the forgotten password
* Cons: The freeware should not work if the password is too long

Ophcrack is used to create a Windows password recovery disk. You need to boot your computer from the disk to recover your password. You can follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Download Ophcrack

Step 2: Burn a Windows password recovery disk with the freeware

Step 3: Recover the forgotten Windows Vista admin password with the disk

You can log on Windows Vista with the old password now.

Method 3: Reset Windows Vista administrator password with shareware

* Preparation Time: less than 5 minutes
* Pros: Fast and 100% reset the forgotten password
* Cons: Not free but only $19.95

Unlike Ophcrack, Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 is designed to reset the forgotten password. No matter how long and how complicated the password is, this software can 100% reset the forgotten password in few minutes. All you need to do is just three steps:

Step 1: Download Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 from click here

Step 2: Burn a Windows password reset disk with the shareware

Step 3: Reset the forgotten Windows Vista admin password with the disk.

  kristain 06:35 23 Aug 2010

try the followings:

- if you updated a driver or program then uninstall said driver/program and reinstall an older version.

- Re-store your pc in previous settings.

- boot to the winxp recovery console and typing in chkdsk

- you can also click here for more help

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