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 PostPost subject: Vista Corruption/Recovery Password        Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:52 pm 
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This guy I know recently removed a hardrive from his PC (non-OS), and as a result it stopped recognising the main drive and CD drive, and would not boot Vista.

After replacing the drive and messing with the BIOS, Vista still wouldn't boot so he entered the recovery process. This asked him for the password to his user account, which has not changed recently, and it was denied. He's also tried the usual things like password, windows, blank etc.

Any idea on how to fix this, as I'm not to knowledgable of the Vista recovery process?

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 PostPost subject: Re: Vista Corruption/Recovery Password        Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:09 pm 
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many free tools on the net for cracking passwords (you can do this by usb or cd) but if the cd drive boots you could try vistape which i think has the ability to just add a new administrator from the disk, there might be a way to get it on usb too.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Vista Corruption/Recovery Password        Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:20 pm 
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He's decided now, the problem isn't the password, the problem is that vista only lists the account name "Smauel" which doesn't exist anymore, the real account "Samuel" isn't listed and impossible to select, there is no account "Smauel" so it'll never be able to find the password for it, there is no password.

This occured because he typo-ed when setting up his account and recently rectified the typo. But Windows only lists the typo-ed account.

I've told him to give VistaPE a go. Thanks.

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