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I forgot my admin password on a VAIO sony laptop.  I can log in only under standard user.  I have tried to use net user [user name] * to change the password but access is denied.  is there a way to change account type from standard to administrator.  OS is windows 7.
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This has saved me many times over (I wouldn't recommend using it unless you are more than moderately comfortable with computers)

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
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Another password reset utility:

http://www.pcloginnow.com/
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This is just to elaborate on TunerML's good answer:

After you have burned that ISO to disc, boot up into the Linux environment and reset your password.  I have been using this utility to help people with their forgotten Windows passwords for over ten years, and unless the hard drive has actually been encrypted it has worked every time! Here is a comprehensive tutorial on how to utilize it:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ss/ontpre-screenshot-guide.htm

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ss/ontpre-screenshot-guide-p2.htm

There are two important steps within that tutorial that warrant extra attention:

- When you reach the User Edit Menu stage of the process it's best to select "1" to Clear (blank) user password.  You can always change the password to something more secure after you successfully log into Windows with the blank password.

- When you reach Step FOUR: Writing back changes, you will be queried with About to write file(s) back! Do it? [n].  If you inadvertently pressed Enter on this screen the changes won’t go into effect.  You need to specifically type "y" first for the updates to be written to the operating system.
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by:pacsmanks
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Worked like a charm, thanks
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hmmm...
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by:Run5k
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Thank you, moderator.  Definitely the fair thing to do!
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Thanks
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