I've booted up my old Windows Vista Home Premium computer with an Acer Aspire CPU tower (2006? Maybe?) and the thing is a wreck. It's littered with all kinds of spyware and malware that I just can't seem to delete or uninstall! A kid was using it before, and it's just a mess. I want to do a factory reset, but it swears up and down that I don't have admin access. There's only a Standard User account I can use. I can't create a new one.
So, I can't delete anything, I can't create a new account, I can't restore factory settings. There aren't issues with my uninstall strings, i can't open the command prompt, and I'm at a loss of what to do. I just want to toss the darn thing out the window! Every time it prompts me for uninstalling ANYTHING, a window pops up that is like "put in an admin password" but there's no password input bar? I also can't open the Command Prompt as an admin for the same reason, so I can't even change permissions.
The pop-up window, which I don't have a screenshot for, reads like this:
Windows needs your permission to continue
If you started this action, continue.
To continue, type an administrator password, and then click OK.
[no password input bar?? anywhere??]
[greyed out OK button, unclickable] [Cancel button, perfectly clickable]
User Account Control helps stop unauthorized changes to your computer.
If anyone has any ideas, please help. As far as I'm concerned, the next step is either a new hard drive, or the trash bin!