But before you do anything else, do the following. Now!
- Do this now!
- Click on "Control Panel"
- Click on "User Accounts" (if this doesn't display, click on "User and Family Safety" first).
- Click on "Create a Password Reset Disk" on the left panel.
- Decide what to use as a disk. It can be a CD, a flash drive, or even an iPod. Plug in or put the device in a drive, wait a minute and select it from the dropdown list.
- When prompted, enter your current password.
- Click "Next."
Once the disk is created, remove the device/CD and put it in a safe place. Did I mention you should do this now (if you haven't already)?
Why is this so important? Because if you forget your Vista password (or if it becomes corrupted), you can reset it. It's a simple process and can get you up and running in a minute or two.
Without the disk, you will have to find software to crack the password, and then hope it will do the job. You could be without your computer for quite some time.
Here are more detailed instructions.
Do this now and not when you realize you need it -- because that will be too late.