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After updating vista (dell inspiron) with SP2 i can no longer boot into the machine, to run the recovery i need to enter the administror password (this i have no memeroy of setting but leaving it blank doesnt work)

is there a way of resetting of recovering the password from the command prompt, or by passing this step and going direct to the recovery.

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Question by:QuinnDester
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by:optoma
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Administrator is the only account you can select?
Did you use the drop down box to select another "admin" account (if there is one listed!)
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by:QuinnDester
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to access the recovery it needs to be the administrator password...

The other option would be to boot to command prompt with networking, so i can copy off the needed files from command line
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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This one is my favorite
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm#1
Download and burn the iso to a cd.
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by:optoma
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Sorry. Was kinda thinking of something else.

Q: You are trying to access the Dell recovery>are you going directly, using for example , hitting Ctrl + F11, or selecting "Startup Repair" from Vista's startup recovery menu?

>If you are using the route of startup repair and are prompted to select an account and provide password, Administrator is what will be displayed but use that drop box to select your admin account.

If there isn't any other accounts create Ophcrack live cd(free) to recover the password
http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/
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by:QuinnDester
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Ok, i managed to get to the recovery tools but, nothing there will allow me to recover without loosing files...

is there a way to boot the computer that will give me network access, i can browse all the files through command prompt, but in vista i cant find a way of booting into command prompt with network access like you can in XP.

the only option with vista is safemode with network access but it wont boot into safe mode either
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Aaron Tomosky earned 2000 total points
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Ultimate boot cd
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by:QuinnDester
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hmmm, i dont have any iso burning software, are there any free ones for download or test versions that will allow a 350 mb burn
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by:QuinnDester
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found one thanks
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by:QuinnDester
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Excellent thank... also helps sort out other problems i hadnt got to yet..
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