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#1 Intothemax

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 03:10 PM

I just got a used windows 7 desktop that I dont know the password for, Ive tried using the method where you change Sethc to sethc0 and so on, but it only changed the admin password, but the administrator account is not on the log in screen, Ive tried logging in externaly with no prevail since its not connected to the internet. How does one fix this?

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#2 mikey11

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 04:10 PM

you can create a Hirens boot CD....you can delete the passwords with that

 

however, if its a used computer you probably wanna wipe it and do a clean OS install anyway



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Posted 08 May 2018 - 04:17 PM

How does one do a wipe?

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 04:19 PM

How does one do a wipe?

 

 

you re-install your windows 7 using a bootable USB stick....if you dont have one, you can create one



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 08:04 AM

You might want to do some homework before you do that. First, you will need to purchase a retail copy of Windows, and bear in mind that Windows 7 will not be supported by M/Soft in the future.

IF you have a retail computer, then most likely there will be a restore partition on the hard drive and you can use that to reinstall Windows. That would be better since it will contain all the system drivers and chipset drivers for that motherboard. Otherwise, you will have to search online for them. That partition is usually accessed by tapping a certain F-key when booting.


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 08:09 AM

You might want to do some homework before you do that. First, you will need to purchase a retail copy of Windows

 

 

why would they need to do that? it already has windows 7


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:31 AM

I was answering this part of the post:

 

you probably wanna wipe it and do a clean OS install anyway


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:42 AM

If the OP has a valid key on the COA sticker, assuming the computer came pre-installed with Windows 7, they could do a clean install using an iso. See this post by Brian. A phone activation would be required.

 

Edit: Another option would be to do a factory reset using some key combination if there is a factory restore partition on the HDD.


Edited by JohnC_21, 09 May 2018 - 09:50 AM.


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:56 AM

 

I was answering this part of the post:

 

you probably wanna wipe it and do a clean OS install anyway

 

 

 

they still wouldn't need to purchase a key



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 06:31 PM

Actually you are probably right; I assumed that since the computer was not his originally, and he could not access Windows at all, he did not have the key number. Without that key number he is up a creek without a paddle. Possibly could get it using 3rd party apps, or hopefully there is still a sticker on the box with the number. If there were 3rd party peripherals (video cards, etc.) added to the original box he would still have to search for drivers. And hopefully, the manufacturer will still provide a copy of the OEM installation, and that is iffy. Maybe M/Soft, for a price.

As I posted originally, the best bet is a system reimage from the restore partition.


Edited by ranchhand_, 09 May 2018 - 06:37 PM.

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 06:50 AM

Without that key number he is up a creek without a paddle

 

 

no he's not....you don't even need the key....he can activate windows through the automated phone service



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Posted 10 May 2018 - 04:24 PM

I guess I am missing something here, but how do you activate with no key number?  So...why bother purchasing, just image a copy of any Windows from out of any machine,re-image it to your machine, phone M/Soft and *wallah*...it's activated. No key number needed. Sounds like a dream come true!


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Posted 10 May 2018 - 04:27 PM

This topic...is not about Windows activation or any of the other tangents that seem to have evolved...please re-read the initial post by the OP.

 

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