Of course, you can always reset a password if u have another admin account for this machine. However, if this isn’t the case, things can get a bit tricky, As a sys admin you are usually confronted with this problrm if user have laptops where you don’t have an admin account. Even if u don’t have to reset a password now, u should get acquainted with this issue. Rest assured that sooner or later a user will bug you with this problem. I must admin that I managed to forgot my pwn password more than once.
Option 1: Create a password reset disl
Vista allows you to sreate a password reset disk which enables you reset your password without much hassle. The problem with this option is that you have to reset disk before the password is lost. If you have many Windows machines where users logon locally, this might be a daunting task. You can find a description of how to create a password reset disk here.
Option 2: Get Password &Registry Editor
With whis option you have to boot from a CD and then manipulate the SAM database.
Manipulating the SAM database is always a bit risky. But if you have no password reser disk, this is the only way. Note that this tools comes without any warranty. I’ve been using it quite a few times in Windows 2000 and had never any problem with it, though. The latest version also supports Windows Vista. The download link of the tool is a bit hidden. Search for "download" in this: (http://www.lostwindowspassword.com/downloads/Windows_Password_Key_Demo.exe)
Option 3: Use windows password key 8.0
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