1. DoggaDude

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    I was looking round my house and I found and old Windows Vista. Problem Is though, I can't log into any of the accounts. All the accounts are locked, and I don't remember the password.

    What do I do?
     
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    you may be able to boot into safe mode and change passwords/create other accounts from there.
     
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    Using Hiren's BootCD you can reset passwords of Windows accounts.
    If not, and you only want the contents of the hard drive, you can connect it to a modern PC via a SATA to USB, but you will have to use the molex connector of your old PC to power the HDD.
     
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    What do I do from here? (In safe mode)
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    hm, one of those accounts doesn't happen to be called "administrator", does it? I'm not too familiar with vista and i'm reading off what i can find online, but there should be a hidden admin account which doesn't normally appear on the login screen, but should appear in safe mode and doesn't require a password unless you somehow changed it in the past. if you can get into that somehow, you'll be able to change everything else.
     
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    There's no account named Administrator. It doesn't show admin on safe mode, either.
     
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    i'm still looking up other options, but in the meantime try to make guesses to the passwords. maybe one of the accounts has a password hint? since there are multiple users i'm guessing multiple people used the pc, maybe you could ask one of them?
     
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    Yeah, there's a password hint so, guessing time.
     
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    To create a new account you must have access to the Command Prompt. You should have enter into Safe Mode with Command Prompt and then use the command "net user add/ [username] [password]" where username and password must be out of the parentheses and should be your new username and password. Then to make the new user administrator you should "net localgroup administrators [username] /add" where, again, you should replace with your username.
     
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    There's no CMD

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    When turning on the PC, press F8 like... a lot of times actually to get to this screen

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    Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
     
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    Click on the cat!
     
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    I did. That's what I got.
    No CMD, just the same screen last time.

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    Does the cat have hacking powers to get in the accounts?

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    Do you see what I see?

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    I'm not having any luck at all. I have been trying all these methods, but they all failed. I don't know if it's me, or I need to try to get into the accounts through another door. An unlocked door.
     
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    Welp, it looks that you have to access to any account to do it.

    Mmmm... you have a lot of ways to recover your PC.
    1. Using a Windows Installation CD to get to CMD and from there, add the user with the instructions I've wrote above.
    2. Using Hiren's BootCD to crack/delete the password with one of it's many tools.
    3. Using Offline NT Password & Registry Editor to delete the password (although it's the same as Hiren's BootCD, is always helpful to have one of those in hand to repair any OS).
     
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    I'll just have to get out an empty disc and burn Hiren's Boot CD on it.
     
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    What image?!?!
     
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