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Want to get important data back from previous Vista computer but can not login without the password which has been forgotten? Now, you can get access to Windows Vista with or without disk! No data lost or system reinstall!

Since Windows 10 released and to improve my working efficiency, I purchased a new computer which is installed Windows 10. And my Vista computer just been idle in my house. However, I want to get some important data from the Vista computer but I forgot the password of the Vista computer after a long time of no use! Is it possible to get back my data without damage?
Here is one of the situation that our customer meet recently. Parts of Windows Vista users has met the similar situation like him. As we all know, reinstalling Windows system can help us regain access to our computer when forgetting password. However, this reinstallation will erase all the data inside the account. If we have important data inside and we have not make backup for them, this method will make us lose all data.
Then you may think of taking the computer to professionals. But have you ever consider the data security since we can not make sure whether others will leak data inside.
Now, we can make use of methods below to reset Windows Vista password by our own and reserve all the data inside.

Method 1: Reset Windows Vista Password with Reset Disk

You can reset Windows Vista password with the pre-created password recovery disk. If you have created the password reset disk when you could login the account, please find the disk out and follow the steps below. If you do not have the password reset disk, we can still reset Vista Password without disk.

Step 1: Click “Reset Password” on your Vista’s login screen.

click to reset password

Step 2: Insert the password reset disk and wait for initialize and receive a drive letter message.

Step 3: To launch the Password Reset Wizard, please click “Reset Password”.

Step 4: Choose the target password reset disk in “Password Reset Wizard”.

select password reset disk

Step 5:Please wait a second and then you can set the new password for the account. After setting, please click “Next” to save the settings. 

This operation will not erase or damage data inside the account.
set new password for Windows Vista account

Step 6:Then you can use the new password to login to your account in Windows Vista.

Once you change the password in Password Reset Wizard, the information in the password reset file will be different from the one in your password reset disk. So, as soon as you can login to your account, you need to create a new password reset disk in the Vista computer at once.

Method 2: Reset Windows Vista Password with Renee Passnow

Although we do not have password reset disk, we can still reset the password in Vista without losing data. Here we need to make use of the professional Windows password reset software – Renee Passnow.

reset Windows Vista Password

It has a built-in password reset system which can be run independently. No need to enter Windows system.

Support to reset password for local account (including administrator) in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista/2008/2003.

Whole password reset process just take 3 minutes and will not damage data inside the account. 100% safe!

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152419 people has downloaded and reset Windows Vista password successfully!

How to Reset Windows Vista Password without Reset Disk

Preparation – Create New Windows Vista Password Reset Disk with Renee Passnow

You need:
  • Renee Passnow (Download now!)
  • Windows PC which can login and work normally (The Windows version of the computer you are using to create the Windows password reset USB does not matter.)
  • USB stick (Please backup data inside beforehand. All data will be erased when creating the reset disk) or CD/DVD (Need 200MB at least).

New Password Reset Disk create process: (No need to provide any possible password)

1. Choose creation method: USB or CD/DVD.

2. Connect the USB/CD/DVD to your computer and then please click “Create USB” or “Create CD” to process the creation directly.

Whole password reset process with Renee Passnow does not need to provide any password or account information. 

create bootable usb flash drive
How to Reset Windows Vista Password with the New Created Password Reset Disk

Step 1: Boot the target PC from the created password reset USB/CD/DVD. 

1. Connect the new password reset disk to the target Windows Vista computer you want to reset password for. 
insert a cd to computer
boot computer from USB disk
2. Enter BIOS setting. 
Please hold a Hot key to enter the BIOS menu.Please click here to find how to change the boot order of your computer brand.

(Can not find your brand? Please refer to your PC manual to find out the method.)

hotkey combination
Change the boot order of the target PC in BIOS.

If the bootable drive is not the first in boot order, your PC will start “normally” (i.e. boot from your hard drive) and will not check other drive.

change boot order in BIOS
After successfully changing the boot order in BIOS, please save the settings and reboot your PC.

Step 2: Select “PassNow!” function after booting from the bootable media you created. 

After loading into main interface, please select the “PassNow!” function.
main menu of Renee Passnow

Step 3: Select target Windows Vista system in the list. 

select target system in Passnow

Step 4: Choose the target account then click “Clear Password” to reset its login password.

After reset successful, please restart your PC. Before restarting the computer, please disconnect the bootable USB/CD from your computer. Then your computer will boot normally.
select target account
Also, you can click “Create new account” to make a new administrator with Renee Passnow and then reset the password with this new created administrator.
The new account named “Reneelab” you created with Renee Passnow is enabled with administrator privilege. And the default password is 123456789.
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How Renee Passnow Work on Resetting the Password

By modifying the SAM file which saves the related Windows login information, Renee Passnow can reset the login password or create a new account. The modification of the SAM file will be in a professional and logical way to reach the password reset goal. We have test it millions times in different system and devices.
What is SAM file?

SAM, shorts of Security Accounts Manager, is a database file which saves user password in Windows system. It can be used to authenticate local and remote users. This file can be found in windows/system32/config in system disk. However, it is not allowed to change the information inside by computer users who do not have related professional knowledge. Once it has been replaced or modified without professional knowledge, your computer could be corrupted.

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Possible Reasons lead to Password Incorrect

Caps Lock is activated

Password is case sensitive. You may activate the Caps Lock carelessly, which could lead you to enter the wrong password.
Please pay attention to the Caps Lock when you entering the password. Usually, the notification of “Caps Locks is on” will be shown once you activate the Caps Lock when entering password.
cancel Caps Lock activation

Num Lock is not activated

If your password is combined with numbers and characters, you may be notified the password is not correct if you do not active the Num Lock. Computer will not activate the “Num Lock” automatically when starting.
Activate the “Num Lock” manually and re-enter the password.
activte number lock

Common Situation

After trying every possible combination, you are still notified that the password is not correct. However, you do not want to pass through your computer to others because you saved lots of personal files insides.Although they make promise, who knows?
You can reset the password with Renee Passnow in 4 simple steps (Please refer to Method 2). Of course, it is much economical when comparing with system reinstall and send the computer to professional.
Renee Passnow is suitable for professionals and newbie. It does not need to make complicated steps like coding or changing CMD command. All you need to do is simple clicks and selection.
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Forgot login password of your Vista computer is not such a big deal now! With this guidance, you can remove Windows Vista password without losing data! Whether you have the pre-created password reset disk or not, you can find perfect solution here! No password reset disk? Download and create a new one by yourself now!
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