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adam74716

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Ok so i have an acer aspire laptop and my 8 year old son somehow put a password on my account and i didn't make a password change disk. is there any way i can completly wipe the computer and then start it back up again so there is no password or accounts?
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Hi there adam74716 and welcome to geeks to go.

Unforunatly although you may have legitimate reasons for this I am unable to help you on this as we cannot tell if you are wanting to do this on your machine, public machine etc..... I have informed the moderators to check this out for you and they will get back to you.

Edited by wizzy2k5, 08 April 2008 - 06:58 PM.

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adam74716,

If you have lost or forgotten your password for logging in to a computer running the Windows XP operating system, there are a few different options:

If you created a password reset disk for Windows XP, you can use that disk to reset the password on your account. For more information on how to create and use password reset disks go to the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

How to create and use a password reset disk for a computer that is not a domain member in Windows XP

How to create and use a password reset disk for a computer in a domain in Windows XP

If you don't have a password reset disk, the other option is to log on as the Administrator (or to have the person who is the machine's Administrator log on) and change the password for your user account. For information on how to do this go to the following Mircosoft article:

http://support.micro...b;en-us;Q321305

How to Log On to Windows XP If You Forget Your Password or Your Password Expires.

If you don't know the Administrator password, and don't have a password reset disk, then you will not be able to log on to Windows XP, and will need to reinstall the operating system and recreate any user accounts.
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adam74716,

I originally posted the instructions I did because our policy as far as passwords is to provide the basic instructions for password recovery from Microsoft's site. These instructions are actually for XP and therefore may not help. If you truly wish to just your PC and start over, we can help you with that.
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Ok so i have an acer aspire laptop and my 8 year old son somehow put a password on my account and i didn't make a password change disk. is there any way i can completly wipe the computer and then start it back up again so there is no password or accounts?

Hi there, and welcome to Geeks to Go!

Assuming that you don't have data files you need on the drive, you should be able to use the disc that came with the computer to complete a fresh install of Vista. Acer also should have included in the box information on how to achieve the fresh install.

This will delete everything on your hard drive and install Vista "as it was from the factory" for you. You should have either a Windows Vista DVD, or one (or more) discs that Acer will have given you - possibly called "Vista Restore" discs, or something similar.

It isn't possible, though, to not have an account - or how else are you going to log in?

It is highly recommended that you do set yourself an account password, and a strong one at that. As soon as you complete the fresh install, create a password change disc!

Any further questions, feel free to ask.

Cheers

Troy
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