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Okay, this is for a friend. I've tried everything I've been able to find, and since she got the computer second-hand..

Let me start at the beginning. This is her Christmas present, that her mom bought for her at some auction. It's a decent system, almost as powerful as my own. That being said, the person who sold it neglected to mention that the administrator account that allows you to do ANYTHING has a password on it. Not only that, but they also neglected to give a password recovery or reset disc with the computer.

As it stands, here's what we've tried thus far:
Tried using a program known as Ophcrack on a USB drive, but for whatever reason, it won't work without administrator approval. (Yeah, that had me scratching my head, too.)
Tried to clean out the machine and do a fresh install from the boot menu. (After almost a week, you get desperate.)

Those were the two most feasible ones I could find on the web, but after that, I have no clue how to do this. (I've loved XP for as long as I can remember, so.. I'm not particularly schooled in Vista.)

Just a quick note, in case you weren't able to infer it: the PC in question is running Vista.

If anyone at all knows how we can get around this password issue, please.. this is driving her crazy, and, being her boyfriend, it's driving me crazy as well. >_<

Thank all of you for your time, and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

(I was taught to be polite. o.o)
 

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Thanks for the help, but this is for a VISTA system. That's why I posted in the VISTA forums. Thought that was kinda self-explanatory, but I'm at fault for not saying it earlier. Still, thanks for trying.
 

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Nothing. She got the exact same message as last time, which was something to the tune of "Accessing physical drive: Access is denied. Did not successfully update the MBR; continuing" and shows an F:> in the prompt.

Do USB drives require administrator access?
 

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its against the rules http://www.techguy.org/rules.html to ask for Password advice - so i'm closing post

Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.
Also members should NOT be given advice - so i will delete those posts too and an infraction for ask88 for giving password advice here
 
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