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#1 melissasee

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 05:09 PM

I got a HP laptop off a friend and he can't remember what the password is and he never made a password recovery disk. What can i do to reset the password so i can access it? I can't even get off the login screen!

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#2 LT Dan

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 06:01 PM

Pull the trigger on F8 during boot, safe mode, user account, reset password. If that doesn't work, repost and we'll try to solve it. Happy Safe New Year, LT Dan

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 06:22 PM

only account on it is admin

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 05:50 PM

Hi, have you tried what LT Dan suggested??. in "safemode" as Administrator go to user accounts and click on the account that is passworded and remove the password.reboot in normal mode and you should be able to enter windows without a password!!or if this does not work there is numerous software that will recover passwords for you though you have to pay for it!!! Though i found a free one here... http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/ download the bootable cd version and use it like a boot disc and it will show all passwords that have been used and entered for various things i.e... Admin, users, and other logins .
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:09 PM

Here is a link that should help you crack that password

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/29694/how-to-crack-your-forgotten-windows-password/

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:50 PM

I recommend the following:

Windows Password Removal Tool

I have had mixed results with Ophcrack, but this one works. Just read the instructions before you use it. I prefer this program because of the way it does its job. When loaded, it does not give the user access to a list of passwords in the system. Rather, it allows the user to strip the password from a specific account. When I do work for someone, I use this program. How many people do you know that use the same password for everything? There are many, many people that do. Using this lets the user back in, but keeps everything else safe. A friend of mine had created an account on his mom's computer. He did not set up admin privileges on his account because he was always able to use his mom's profile and he preferred to keep things like installations and major system changes to a minimum. He did not count on his mom forgetting her password after she changed it one night. (She had been drinking.) During the process of changing things, she set up parental controls on her own account. She was only able to access her Windows account between 1:30 and 2:30 in the morning. This program allowed me to access the account and make the appropriate changes.
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