Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:02 PM
Quite awhile ago, I purchased a used PC with Vista on it. Because it was used, there was no recovery disk, but there seems to be a genuine Microsoft Vista sticker on it, so I believe that the Vista installation isn't pirated.
I've had the machine for a long time, but used it from a bootable CD for other purposes, and so didn't use the Vista installation on the hard disk at all. Now I want to boot up to Vista, but it's been so long that I've forgotten the main account password.
Of course, there's no password recovery disk, so I'm at a loss to figure out how to get into this machine.
There's isn't really any valuable data on the machine, so if I have to wipe it clean to get it operational again, that's okay; I'm just trying to figure out how to do this with the least amount of work possible. And if I have to reinstall Windows, I'm not sure how to do that, with no DVD media, and no readily apparent license key. Not to mention the hassle of trying to find the relevant drivers for the motherboard, video card, sound card, etc. etc.