Cannot create a new administrator user account

Hi, I have a bit of a dilemma. I have a laptop which has Vista from Microsoft and I wanted to create a new administrator account, but I don't have access to the former administrator account. I know that you can not help me with recovery of lost password for the old account, but is there a way to always create a new administrator account without having to restore my computer?

Hi Chuckter,

Without an administrator account, you will not be able to create a new one.

There are 3rd party software that claims to be able to reset the password on the administrator accounts or create a new account on a boot cd.  Search in your favorite search engine 'vista password' should yield interesting results.  Please scan of tools that you can download for infections by the virus.

Using third-party software, including hardware drivers can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from starting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the use of third-party software can be solved. Software using third party is at your own risk...

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    You can do the above with the Microsoft TweakUI PowerToy.

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    I know - you are the "only one who lives there, the only person who uses your.
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    Thanks for posting us the Forum of community of

    Since he had been some time since your last post, we marked this as resolved.  Recently I saw messages and found that you had posted about it recently.  Sometimes if a thread shows solved it do not get reviewed again, so, my apologies, it took some time to answer.

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