You need to access the repair options in Vista.
Go to this website to see the options and how to access them.
John Barnett's Windows Vista Support: Windows Vista Repair Options:
In those instuctions, once you get to the repair options screen, click the
Command Prompt option.
Enter the following command:
net user administrator /active:yes
(Make sure that the command is entered exactly as shown, including the
spaces, slash and colon.)
This is the command to to show the built-in administrator account at the
Welcome screen. Once this is done, reboot normally. When the welcome screen
appears, you should see a new account called Administrator. This account
does not have a password.
Log on with this account, go to Control Panel/User Accounts. Select the
Manage another account option. Select your account then click on Remove
After this is completed, reboot and log on with your account.
Let me know how this works.
"ERS" <ERS@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Thanks for ur response-
> I dont have another user account. It did take me back to the log in page
> thing but my password doesn't seem to work- It's not on caps lock and its
> sure the right password as i only have one and don't know how to change
> Is it because i pressed the lock button? what is it? Is my hard drive
> now?? I don't know what to do!
> "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:
>> Not sure what might have happened? That lock button simply takes you to
>> log in screen where you enter your user account password to get back to
>> desktop? Is it showing the account that you were logged on with?
>> Do you have any other accounts set up on the system? If so, you can use
>> Switch User button on the log in screen to access one of those accounts.
>> Another tip is to make sure that the caps lock is not on when you enter
>> Ronnie Vernon
>> Microsoft MVP
>> Windows Shell/User
>> "ERS" <ERS@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > (Windows Vista)
>> > please help, by accident i clicked the 'lock button'... the icon next
>> > to
>> > the
>> > button which enables you to shut down- (once you have clicked the
>> > menu)...
>> > its got a picture of a padlock.
>> > I now can't log into the computer at all- its saying my password is
>> > incorrect- which is impossible as i haven't changed it, I don't even
>> > know
>> > how
>> > to. I tried entering different passwords, I can't reset the password...
>> > i
>> > tried the 'safe mode' thing and nothing is working. Someone please
>> > help,
>> > finals are two weeks away and my dissertation and course notes are all
>> > on
>> > my
>> > computer.