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Hi All,

I appear to have forgotten my log in password on my windows vista laptop.  Cannot access the administrator via safe mode to reset and dont have a reset disk.  I really need to get to my files as a matter of urgency.  What is the quickest easiest way for this?

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you can download a linux based iso image and boot off this to change your passwords.

i used it since NT days, works on xp upwards

http://www.pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

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Is this another operating system?  I have one called knoppix which is linux based, will this work?

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I have already tried this tool with no success.  It will not allow changing of the password.
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yes, it's basically a linux boot disk but all it does is give you access to the sam database. I haven't used knoppix but I know on some others like ultimate boot cd for windows and [Admin Edit - VM] they also have offiline password changing utilities.

the one i mentioned is downloaded as an iso image, burn it to cd and boot up from it. should only take 30 seconds to change the password.
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If you recently changed the password and know old one, run system restore from Recovery -
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940765
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