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Am I Screwed, I Don't Know My Window Password...


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#1 plaz

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 10:21 PM

My hard drive started to make a knocking noise and I'm scared it may be the beginning of the end for it. Realizing I have never done a backup I panic and download a 3rd party software that is suppose to do backups. Before I installed it I scanned it with Kaspersky 7.0. It didn't find anything so I went ahead with the install. After the install it asked to restart the pc. I did and when windows started back up it asked for a password. I have never had a password on this pc so I can no longer sign in. I tried to start up in safe mode but it asks for password there too.

Please help, is there anything I can do?


Thanks in advance for anything you can do for me!!!

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:50 PM

What program did you install?
Are you asked for the password BEFORE the computer fully boots to the user accounts screen?

Edited by Queen-Evie, 22 August 2008 - 11:52 PM.


#3 plaz

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:52 AM

It was Acronis. It doesnt ask me for password until the user accounts screen. I put in my recovery disc in and i thought I might try to reinstall or repairs windows. At that point it tells it cannot find a hard drive.

It's not the end of the world if I have to reinstall windows, but at this point i am not too sure how to do that either?

I have a partitioned drive with C on the small portion and D the balance. I also have another hard drive installed as well - E. At this point I'd just like to save the data on D & E. (I also have an external drive on this system as well, but it has been powered off this entire time)

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:34 PM

Re-read the instructions. I recall reading a workaround if you didn't create a password. I just don't remember exactly where at the moment
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:36 PM

Did you try pressing "Enter" to enter a blank password?
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:48 PM

Yes that doesnt do it either. I have rerun the program and it says the password is blank. I have tried to do it in normal and safe mode.

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 11:29 AM

Anybody???

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 09:26 AM

I'm not sure if this helps but:

First, I would ask Acronis support if they can help.

or

If you can log in as guest (no password) or another user that you set up then you can go to Start - Control Panel - User Accounts.
See who is in there and whether or not it's password protected.
If there is another account in there that you created that has Admin rights you can delete the password on other accounts.

Those passwords are terrible. I have searched for how to get into an EFS folder to recover files the user forgot the p/w to and the only thing I found was this
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

Good luck!

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 06:18 PM

You can hit F8 before the windows logo appears, so you can log windows in safe mode. This way it won't ask for password and then enter Control Panel>Users Accounts, and just remove the password for your account.

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 06:32 PM

This did it for me. Had the same problem. Only thing is you will need your windows startup disk.

Hope this helps! :thumbsup:

Edited by garmanma, 15 October 2008 - 07:01 PM.
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Posted 15 October 2008 - 07:03 PM

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