Vista asking for nonexistant password on start-up

Posted on 2012-08-22
Last Modified: 2012-08-22
I'm staring at a computer that has Vista on it.  There is one user account on the computer and the guest and administrator accounts are disabled.  There should be no password for the user but recently the computer has started requesting one.  I've run a program that will find passwords and it says the account doesn't have a password, but the computer still asks.  THe program finds passwords on other Vista computers.  
Usually the computer would just start without going to the log in screen.  Now the login screen comes up and that is where it sits because it wants a password that isn't there.  I haven't tried forcing a reset of the password yet.  Is that my only option or is there something else I might be able to do?
Question by:kargen27
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    Hitting "Enter" on the keyboard won't let you past?

    Follow the steps below to Boot directly to the Desktop:
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    I recommend using the Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor.  With this program you can not only remove any local Windows user password which has been set, you can also activate disabled accounts and elevate privileges to local Administrator rights.
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    Additionally, running Remote Desktop, I've seen this issue.  Remote destkop requires a password in order to log on.  It sounds like you're accessing this machine locally and not remotely so this may not be the issue.

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    Worked!  I wasa able to enable the admin account and set a new password.  Still kind of curious as to what caused the computer to all of a sudden require a password, but fixed is fixed.


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