Corrupt profile - can't login

I have a desktop running Vista Home. There are two users on the system. The one that is in the admin group has a corrupt profile. The second user is a standard user. I need to activate the Administrator account or elevate the standard user to the admin level. Problem is that every time I try to do either, it wants me to use the credentials for the admin user with the corrupt profile. I have a linux rescue tool that will reset the administrator password, but i don't know if this is going to do anything for me.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remedy this problem?
rodneythompsonAsked:
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rodneythompsonAuthor Commented:
I used the Dell recovery partition and restored to a restore point before the problem occurred and was able to login and create another user with admin rights.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderCommented:
Well can you please mention the tool name and second thing,instead of resetting the password from linux you can do it by your xp itself.Check this topic.Still works.

http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2006/10/22/reset-or-change-administrator-password-on-windows-xp/
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