Actually, there is
a way to get on as an administrator even though you have forgotten your password and without using a password utility. I just did this, so I know it works.
Print out these directions as you will not have internet access and because you will not
see the file on the desktop if pasted them into notepad and saved them on your desktop during part of this procedure.
Restart your computer and go into safe mode
. Do this by tapping on the F8
key as soon as the first black screen comes up. Shortly thereafter, you will see a screen with several options. Use the cursor (arrow) keys to move up to Safe Mode
. Hit enter
. You will then see a screen that asks you to choose the operating system, even though there is only one, just hit enter.
You will see a list of drives etc. and there will be a pause. Then there will be a mostly black screen with safe mode in the lower corners and some text across the top of the screen. There will be a pause. Then you will be presented with a log on screen. On this screen, you will see an account called Administrator
that you do not
see when starting in normal mode. It will have the original system selected icon by it. This is the one you want to choose, as it doen't require a password
. Please be patient as it will take much longer to load this one up. You will then see a black screen with a message box on it. Click on yes
on the message box. Don't panic when you see far fewer icons on the screen that will come up. This is why you needed to print out these directions.
Now click on start
then control panel
. You will see a series of icons instead of the menu you usually see. Double click on user accounts
. The icon is a representation of a couple people.
Now click on: Change an Account
. Choose the account you forgot the password for. Now click on change password
and change the password to one you will remember. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the button named changed password
. Close all the windows, restart into normal mode and you will now be able to log into your administrator account with the new password.