Recently C&D Sign Company sold their business to a local church. Now I have this machine in my shop, and all my efforts to reset the password, including Ophcrack, and many other methods, changing utilman.exe to cmd.exe are to no avail.

C&D Sign Company is the Administrator. Two other accounts are standard users. The hidden Administrator account is not accessible because I don't have the password for C&D.

Net User error "The command completed with one or more errors. It has to be the user name, C&D Sign Company!

Trying this: net user command ... I entered net user C&D Sign Company none ...

Generated Report is as follows: account active - YES Account Expires - NEVER Password last set - 2/13/19 Password expires 3/27/2019
Password changeable 2/13/19
Password required - YES The user may change password - YES
Workstations allowed - ALL Last Login - 2/1/3/19
Login Hours allowed - ALL Local Group Memberships *Users
Global Group memberships *None The command completed successfully. 'D' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. (referring to C&D, I assume.) There is an account on the machine with nothing in it, a standard account, non-admin labeled "C."

Please help me. The Church has all the hardware to make the signs and needs the computer to program the equipment. Thank You.

  • User Account Control window pop up shows C&D Sign Company and wants a password, all attempts return with Logon Failure: unknown user name or bad password. – sparky Feb 13 at 23:26
  • You can enable the built-in Administrator without knowing the current Administrator password. All you need is a Vista installation disk. – Ramhound Feb 13 at 23:30
  • Possible duplicate of How to get rights of admin after I disabled all admin accounts in my computer. While the linked duplicate is for Windows 10, the solution to the general problem of not having an accessible Administrator account, is exactly the same for Vista. – Ramhound Feb 13 at 23:32
  • For some reason most password reset utilities do not work on Vista, the only one I have found that works reliably is ERD made by Microsoft, it is part of the DaRT package, you want ERD 6.0, not publicly available but can be found....superuser.com/a/247953/40928 – Moab Feb 13 at 23:43
  • Possible duplicate of What can I do if I forgot my Windows password? – Moab Feb 13 at 23:53

I found a program called Offline NT Password and Registry Editor. This little GEM did the trick, cleared the password, and got me back on track with the machine.

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