Quote: Originally Posted by TickledDog
So I can't run the scan remotely and will have to go over to Mom's to do that. sigh
Once you are at your Mom's, you might consider installing TeamViewer on her computer and on your computer. That should let you do things like this scan via remote control. The folks at TeamViewer have made their app very secure, so it is safe to leave it running all of the time - and you can connect anytime (even via a smart phone). See this post for more info.
We don't mind helping you find this password problem, but it might take a while and we might never find what bit was twiddled. It might be easier for you to move the user of that computer to another user profile. You should not have to re-install most applications (probably none would need reinstalling). You would just copy the user specific start menu shortcuts, any documents, favorites and the user desktop items to the new profile. You can leave the old profile in place so that you can copy anything that you might have missed or you might need to go into that old profile from time to time if you hear that "things aren't working as they did".
Let us know which way you want to go.