I understand the original poster has a desktop system as well. I don't know how to restore Admin access, but I can tell you how to get your files back: 1. Go out and buy a USB floppy drive and a Parallel File Transfer Cable such as this one. 2. On a computer with a working internet connection, download NTFS4DOS and File Maven (both freeware). 3. Create the NTFS4DOS boot disk. 4. Create an MS-DOS boot disk. You can get one from www.bootdisk.com. This disk will be used for the desktop PC (assuming that it has a floppy drive). 5. After you have created both the NTFS4DOS and MS-DOS boot disks, copy the File Maven executables to both boot disks. 6. Connect the Parallel File Transfer cable to the parallel ports of both computers. 7. Boot the laptop with the NTFS4DOS boot disk in the USB floppy drive. 8. After NTFS4DOS boots on the laptop, launch File Maven and set it to act as a host on the parallel port. 9. Boot your desktop PC with the MS-DOS boot disk in the floppy drive. 10. After the MS-DOS boot disk boots on the desktop, launch File Maven, and have it connect to the laptop via parallel port. From here, you should be able to transfer the files you need from your screwed up laptop to your desktop PC. You might not be able to gain Admin access again, but hey, it's better than nothing! Oh yeah, if cost is an issue for the USB floppy drive and file transfer cable, I would just buy them, transfer my files, and return the drive and cable for a refund. Dishonest? Perhaps, but if you're in a bind, then I say go for it.