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Forgot Admin password - how to reset laptop


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#1 teatrap

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:53 AM

Hi, very stupidly I have forgotten the admin password for a laptop and don't have it written down anywhere. 

 

However there is no data on the laptop that I need to retrieve as I had only recently wiped it. 

 

I have these discs :

 

Four of these :

 

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And one of these :

 

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I also have the OS product Key... 

 

So I'm just wondering what the general method is for this as I've never done it before? 

 

Thanks :)


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:10 AM

If You mean the Windows Password, Given that You  indicate no data to be saved. Just boot off of the Disk 1 of the 1 of 4 and follow the onscreen instructions. Those disks will restore it back to the condition it was in when You bought it.

 

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:24 AM

Hi Rotor - Just tried putting the CD in, and have changed the BIOS boot order to have CD at the top.

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But It just loads up to this screen still :

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 12:15 PM

Sorry attached the wrong Image, here's the BIOS setup now:

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:54 PM

You need to move Item 3 above Item 2, unless you have a USB CD-ROM drive that you are using.



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:05 PM

You need to move Item 3 above Item 2, unless you have a USB CD-ROM drive that you are using.


ahem... :rolleyes: 

Cheers Kilroy, restoring now  :thumbup2:


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:07 PM

Thanks for the newest image.

RKilroy beat me to it. Way to go RK.

That was a help and I see from Your message that it is already restoring.

 

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:09 PM

Yep thanks both of you, I just saw CDROM rather than DVD so my bad  :whistle:


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:42 PM

Hello Teatrap,

 

I hope you got a successful solution and your laptop reinstalled ok.

 

But i had this problem once and what worked for me was i downloaded a program called Kon Boot

and created a bootable disc.

When you start up your pc,boot from cd in bios and this will load

when you get to log in screen just hit enter and your in.

Then use CMD to change password.

open cmd as admin.

net user admin name here *         example net user teatrap *

hit enter then enter password and then confirm.Then it is changed.

 

Works on vista and 7 don't know about win 8.



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:49 PM

Still loading, on disc 3 though so I think all should be fine... Fortunately I didn't have any files on there that I needed as I only recently wiped it (thinking that I'd be working on it again, forgot about it and the password!)

 

I image I'll be creating a password reset disc this time..

 

I haven't heard of Kon Boot before - I'm not familiar with changing the password on the CMD line either - you can change the password without knowing the password using CMD...? Nice :)


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:04 PM

http://www.wikihow.com/Change-a-Computer-Password-Using-Command-Prompt

 

Have a look at the link.



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:43 PM

Hi Hamluis - thanks for that. 

Mod Edit:  I removed my post and replaced it with the one following - Hamluis.


Edited by hamluis, 04 December 2013 - 03:48 PM.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:46 PM

See post by quietman7 at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/512362/windows-xp-lost-password/ .  Although citing passwords for XP, the same general information can probably be used for all versions of Windows, to include Win 7.

 

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:50 PM

thanks again ?


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 06:17 PM

there are open source programs that can help you recover a lost windows password. the trouble of factory reset could of been avoided, but as long as everything worked out it does not matter. hope it all is good.


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