administrator access

How can I get ownership of old Windows files?

Episode 1158

Cal from Erie, PA

Cal followed Steve Gibson and Leo's advice to run as a limited user in Windows. But now he can't get access to documents and settings that are under the administrator account. Leo says that ownership of files is assigned according what user it is. If he's an administrator, he's "god," and can do anything with files. What he can do, then, is create a new admin account and then downgrade his existing account to a limited user. This will give him access to the documents he is missing.

How can I recover my Windows Administrator Password?


Episode 1119

Laxman from Arizona

Laxman uses Windows 7 as a limited user, but he can't remember his administrator password. How can he recover it? Leo says Lophtcrack was a utility that hackers use to crack the administrator password. But Symantec bought it and killed it.

There's also a utility by, where he can download a LiveCD.ISO, burn it to a CD and then boot his computer. The utilty will remove the password and let him reset it.