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  1. #1
    Don Powell Guest

    login as Administrator on Vista Home Premium?

    One of my users changed / forgot their login password. Is there a way that I
    can login as Administrator to change their password? The login screen only
    shows their profile and I can't figure out how to get to a classic login
    prompt to try the admin account.

  2. #2
    alexdagr8est Guest

    Re: login as Administrator on Vista Home Premium?

    restart your computer, when you see the vista load screen (with the
    green load bar) restart your computer again, when it is starting up
    again (just before Vista starts loading again) options will come up, go
    into safe mode you will get the Admin option


  3. #3
    t-4-2 Guest

    Re: login as Administrator on Vista Home Premium?

    There had been situations where teenagers ( users ) were locked out by their
    parents ( administrators ). They would post question about how to log in,
    giving faked reasons.
    You, obviously, are not the administrator.
    Ask your administrator for help.

  4. #4
    Malke Guest

    Re: login as Administrator on Vista Home Premium?

    Standard forgotten password answer; take the bits that are applicable to
    your situation.

    You can change your password to something you will remember from another
    administrative user's account. If you only had one administrative user
    account and you've forgotten the password, you can use one of the methods
    below instead. You might then want to follow the general recommendations for
    setting up user accounts in Vista that I'll give you at the end of this

    Doing all this requires a certain level of computer skills. You know
    yourself best and whether taking the machine to a competent local computer
    tech (not a BigComputerStore/GeekSquad type of place) is the better solution
    for you.

    Method 1 - If you have a Vista installation DVD (not a recovery DVD) you can
    boot the system with it. Select the default language, then choose "Repair
    your computer". Then select "Command Prompt". At the command prompt type:

    net user administrator /active:yes
    net user [insert your user account's name here] [insert new user password
    like 1234 here]

    [Note: Do not type the brackets!]

    Now you will be able to log into your user account using the password you
    set; i.e., 1234. If you don't have a Vista installation DVD you can either
    make a bootable Vista Repair DVD from the file at this link:

    Method 2 - Or you can use NTpassword to change your user account's password
    to a blank. In both cases you will need third-party burning software such as
    Nero, Roxio, or the free ImgBurn ( to burn the .iso
    as an image, not as data.

    3. Log into your administrative user account (not the Built-in
    Administrator) which will either require no password or something simple
    like "1234".

    If you used Method 1, after you have logged into your administrative user
    account you should disable the built-in Administrator again for security

    Start Orb>Search box>type: cmd
    When cmd appears in Results above, right-click it and choose "Run as
    administrator" [OK]. Now you will get the command prompt. At the command
    prompt type:

    net user administrator /active:no [enter]

    Exit the command prompt.

    General Recommendations For Setting Up Users In Vista:

    You absolutely do not want to have only one user account. Like XP and all
    other modern operating systems, Vista is a multi-user operating system with
    built-in system accounts such as Administrator, Default, All Users, and
    Guest. These accounts should be left alone as they are part of the operating
    system structure.

    You particularly don't want only one user account with administrative
    privileges on Vista because the built-in Administrator account (normally
    only used in emergencies) is disabled by default. If you're running as
    Administrator for your daily work and that account gets corrupted, things
    will be Difficult. It isn't impossible to activate the built-in Administrator
    to rescue things, but it will require third-party tools and working outside
    the operating system.

    The user account that is for your daily work should be a Standard user, with
    the extra administrative user (call it something like "CompAdmin" or "Tech"
    or the like) only there for elevation purposes. After you create
    "CompAdmin", log into it and change your regular user account to Standard.
    Then log back into your regular account.

  5. #5
    Don Powell Guest

    Re: login as Administrator on Vista Home Premium?

    Thank you Malke. I used your option 2 and changed the password. Thanks for
    your help.

  6. #6
    Malke Guest

    Re: login as Administrator on Vista Home Premium?

    Glad that sorted it for you. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

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