- Mar 30, 2004
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My neighbor forgot hers. I have tried disabling the admin system and HDD startup passwords from the BIOS but it still asks for it when rebooting. What are my options?
It's a BIOS password? Usually there is a jumper on the motherboard that will clear it.
If it's a windows admin password, there is a boot cd you can use to reset it.
Download the boot floppy/CD from here: http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/
The CD should download as an image, which will be bootable once you burn it. I've never used it on Vista, but it works on XP. It boots a Linux kernel that will edit the windows security file. You will have to answer a series of questions, but if you read carefully and accept defaults, it should blank the administrator password. At one point you will have to type an ! to make sure you are confirming what you are doing.
Not sure if it will work on Vista, but it might.