New to Windows Vista, clicked "Lock Computer" by mistake instead of reboot...

Hi experts, a friend of mine gave me his old unused Windows Vista computer a few months ago. I just went to do a normal reboot here a minute ago and by mistake clicked on the "Lock Computer" button that is right next to the reboot button. Now the thing says it's locked and me nor my buddy know the old password he used for it. So I'm stuck. I just left the screen as is and didn't touch anything. Can I just power off and power on and it should come back into normal mode? This computer never needs a password - whenever I reboot it just comes right up with no entering of a password required.

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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
What is on screen?  

Is it asking for a user name and password?  

If you aren't able to enter a name (and a blank password) then press the power button on the computer.  If it doesn't start shutting down on it's own, you may have to hold the power button for 10 seconds or more to force shutdown.
shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks for answering Alan. As soon as it went into "lock mode" I didn't touch anything. It's showing a button in the middle of the screen with "Joan Locked" underneath it (I'm assuming the name "Joan" was the previous username they used on this computer). Underneath that is another button "Switch user". Then at the far lower left of the screen are 2 more small buttons. Hovering over one of them it says "Ease of access", and the other says "US".
   I was just gonna power down/power up right away, but my concern is that upon reboot, maybe it will still show it's locked??

Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
No. All you have to do is press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to force a reboot. If that doesn't work, then hold down the power button until the machine shuts down.

Reboot, and set up passwords!


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shawn857Author Commented:
Ahhh good, it came right back to normal upon reboot... I got all worried and cautious for nothing, lol.

Thank you Alan!!

Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
Glad to help.
Don't forget those passwords!
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