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HELP!! I've forgotten my administrator password!!

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Found 5th Aug 2008
Hi, I hope someone can help me; I have recently bought a used PC from ebay and while cleaning up some of the old files some idiot (me) did a system restore and the computer has restored the previous ownwers user accounts. I cannot access windows without the administrator password and, understandably, the previous owner will not give me the password as it means I will have access to their old files, does anyone have any suggestions?

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if you do a google search you will find that there are various tools that let you reset windows passwords. however in your case i'd recommend wiping the hardrive and starting with a clean installation

try logging on in safe mode, ie. F8 button when you restart the computer.

then when you get onto the desktop , go back into your system restore settings and restore to your point (that you created when you got it)

hope this helps

remove the battery and wait for 3min before putting back the battery, from the motherboard and that will reset the admin password hope this help.

Blacklion;2675664

remove the battery and wait for 3min before putting back the battery, … remove the battery and wait for 3min before putting back the battery, from the motherboard and that will reset the admin password hope this help.



no it won't, OP is after the win admin pwd not the bios one

ERD Commander is a bootable CD that will allow you to reset most Windows Password. Taking the battery out will have no effect as the password is not a BIOS one and is stored on the Software. Why anyone would send you out a PC with DATA still on is a mystery anyway.Previous owner didn't work for the giveremnt/MOD did he.

another vote for erd commander or if you can't get that then d/l hiren's cd (google it) and its got password resetters on there

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newbie1001;2675711

Why anyone would send you out a PC with DATA still on is a mystery … Why anyone would send you out a PC with DATA still on is a mystery anyway.Previous owner didn't work for the giveremnt/MOD did he.


PMSL :-D

Format the HDD and install windows properly.

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Thanks for your advice everyone, if I manage to get in and find secret files about UFO's, Bigfoot, where Elvis is living, female orgasms and other urban legends, I'll let you all know :thumbsup:

]OPHcrack you will want the live cd version, its a largeish downlopad but a handy tool to keep hold of, its the best tool for getting past windows in my opinion as a lot only get past the admin password and dont always let you see the files within, oph crack actualy recovers the password and tells it you, so you have full rights once in.


Ive found some dodgy stuff (no illegal stuff thank god though) on used laptops that have been picked up cheap and the passwords unknown, as they where meant for the dump and i got them from a fleamarket, (older dells are great for the amount of sellable spares)

I never use a admin password on my desktop, only on my laptop as they are pointless anyway and only a temporary delay for anyone wanting access, any sensitive stuff such as bank details get zipped in a rar file that is password protected with a 25 letter/number combination string that would be impossible to guess as it is seemingly random.

format and install :thumbsup:

or just look for it in the place you wrote it down for safety, just in case you forgot or lost it

You could always just re install windows, I would recommend doing that anyway seeing as it was second hand

Just boot into safemode. (Thats how I got into my brothers laptop without a password lol - now hes got one with a fingerprint reader lol.)

Tim

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timothyw9;2691893

Just boot into safemode. (Thats how I got into my brothers laptop without … Just boot into safemode. (Thats how I got into my brothers laptop without a password lol - now hes got one with a fingerprint reader lol.)Tim


Must have been win98/ME as you cant do that with XP/Vista

anyway, a video of how to retrieve an XP password:-

5min.com/Vid…512

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