If you’ve lost your local Windows password in the past then you may have already found this tool. This is a very handy boot disk to change your Windows password and should be a part of any technician’s toolkit.
This post is a warning though….the previous versions of this tool should not be used on Vista!!! There is a new version which supports Vista and that is the only version that should be used. Using the previous version on a Vista machine will corrupt the filesystem and make it difficult to get your system to boot again. Somehow, it corrupts it to the point where the Vista installation CD cant even be used to repair it. To get my system to boot again after making this mistake I had to use an XP installation CD to run chkdsk and correct the errors.
Here is the link to the latest version of the Password Recovery Boot Disk: