How do I log in as Administrator with Vista?

My friend activated my Administrator login.  So now when I boot up, i have to click on the flower/Admin OR dog face/My account.  I need to login as an Administrator to run a certain program. 

When i click the flower/Admin & am prompted for that password, (which I set up), I enter it then nothing happens, & it goes back to the flower & dog buttons screen.  How can I get the system to accept the Admin pw/what do i need to do to login as Admin?

or is this (sounds too involved for something that should be as simple as loggign in as Admin) my only solution:

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistasecurity/thread/4b00e4a4-ce5a-4090-8471-f7d6e1648dec

Thanks!

Kurt
Nashville, TN
Hi nitro88,

Has your friend, by any chance, changed your administrator password? If you set the password up originally then, unless someone changed it, you should be able to gasin access with it. I assume you didn't create a password recovery disc when you created your administrator password? If you did then you can use that to change the password and gain access.

If you don't have a passowrd recovery disc and you still cannot gain access you will have no alternative but to follow the advice in the link you posted - well, as a last resort, which you wouldn't want to do anyway, you could always re-install windows and start from scratch but that option, really, is the 'last' resort.
John Barnett MVP: Windows XP Associate Expert: Windows Desktop Experience: Web: http://www.winuser.co.uk  Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org  Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org

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(I didnt create a password recovery disc.)  Yes my friend did change my pw, but when I logged in with the one created it didnt work.  The he had me change it to something I wanted.  Tried it; it didnt work either.  Fortunately, the program that was demanding Admin login seems to be functioning the way I need now without logging in as Admin.  But I'll keep this discussion on file if I ever need it.  Thanks for  your help!  --Kurt

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Hi Kurt,

I'm glad that everything now seems to be functioning correctly.

Just as an addition I have added a link to a website that I always recommend to people who have lost/forgotten their administrator password: http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm
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