Forgotten Admin Password Windows Vista


I have a windows vista laptop but the administrator password has been forgotten. There is also a standard user account that can be accessed.

There are important files on the admin account that need to be accessed.

Is there anyway that I can reset the password to the Admin account?

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sure i use Nordahls NTPassword tool often - you also find it on the UBCD

Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD
go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

since the downloaded file is an ISO file, eg ubcd527.iso - so you need to use an ISO burning tool
if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP :

If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)      

**  you can make a bootable cd - or bootable usb stick
*** note *** for SSD drives  use the tool from the manufacturer, like intel 's toolbox :

for completeness -here's how i handle disk problems :
MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
Please chekc this article to reset password. This is for Windows7 but the same can be used for Vista
wcgplcAuthor Commented:
Thank you, I will give this a try today and get back to you.
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wcgplcAuthor Commented:
TO fix this I used Ubuntu. I selected try Ubuntu and then navigated to the system32 folder. I then renamed the osk.exe to osk.exe.old and then renamed cmd.exe to osk.exe. I then rebooted the laptop and selected ease of access and selected the on screen keyboard, which will now load as the cmd. From there I was able to change the admin password. Thank you for the contributions above, this issue is now resolved.

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MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
Thanks for posting the solution but the similar is possible using the above article with "sethc.exe"
You could select at-least 2 answers (1 as assisted solution and 1 as accepted solution)  as the above article has same steps.
wcgplcAuthor Commented:
the issue is now resolved.
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