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Problem with Windows 7 administrators account

Posted on 2011-02-26
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I was in the middle of getting some resolution on another issue when I tried to create a super administrator and seem to have screwed it up. I seem to have locked myself out of the account I was working in. After creating the super user account and switching, my original administrator account's password no longer works. How can I find out what's what and fix my pridicament.
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This site allows you to download files needed to create a bootable floppy disk or CD-ROM which contains a program that can be used to reset passwords on a Windows NT-based OS (such as WinXP and Vista and Windows 7):

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

It is a rather "geeky" tool; not a nice Windows graphical user interface.  You might want to check this page for a demonstration of its use, with screenshots provided in the article:

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/window-on-windows/?p=639
Reset lost Windows passwords with Offline Registry Editor

There is also a video about using this tool here:

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=140&tag=nl.e550
Video: Reset Windows passwords with the Offline NT Password and Registry Editor

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eehunter3, any feedback?
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Yes ... I'm going to do this as a last resort, however I'm afraid of the comment in one of the documents about the possibility of really damaging my computer. I was able to change the ownership of a major folder of interest (why I was allowed. to do it, I don't know). My only issue left is the inability to open my database using SQL Server Express 2008 (Another question on this site).
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There are many, many questions in the Experts Exchange database where the the tool I mentioned has been used to reset the login password.
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