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Hacking a laptop
Jan 25 2014, 1:11 am
By: payne  

Jan 25 2014, 1:11 am payne Post #1

:payne:

So my father's girlfriend's son's laptop has been given to me. No one can remember his password on it.
Anyone knows what I can do to access it? If I can keep the files already in it, it'd be better, but deleting everything isn't much of an issue.

It's a DELL, inspiron 1520, Windows Vista.



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Jan 25 2014, 1:47 am Roy Post #2

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Here's the easy way: boot into safe mode and log in to the administrator account (this account is hidden on a normal boot), and reset/remove the account password from there.

If the administrator account is disabled, or if your father's girlfriend's son was tech-savvy enough to put a password on that as well, things become more complicated. You can boot BartPE and use a Password Renew tool to remove the password on the account.

Or you can simply reinstall the operating system without formatting; you'll only lose system configuration settings and maybe some programs, but places like "My Documents" will still be intact. Hell, I'd upgrade it to Windows 7 while you're at it.




Jan 25 2014, 1:14 pm NudeRaider Post #3

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As usual Roy offers excellent advice.

The only thing I have to add is an easier way to remove the password from the account:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/gr/offlinentpwed.htm




Jan 25 2014, 6:33 pm payne Post #4

:payne:

Quote from NudeRaider
As usual Roy offers excellent advice.

The only thing I have to add is an easier way to remove the password from the account:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/gr/offlinentpwed.htm
Would this keep everything in the Disc, and -only- reset the password?



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Jan 25 2014, 7:34 pm Roy Post #5

An artist's depiction of an Extended Unit Death

Yes.




Jan 26 2014, 9:44 pm payne Post #6

:payne:

I restarted under Safe Mode, and it shows the exact same thing where it asks for the account's password. I can't find any way of prompting the request for the 'admin' account. I tried Ctrl+Alt+Del+Del as well. :(
I guess I'll have to use Nude's method as it seems to be the 2nd easiest?



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Jan 29 2014, 12:20 am payne Post #7

:payne:

It worked great! Thanks! :)
One weird thing was that the account it was prompting a password for at the login screen was "Bob", but it never showed up when I was supposed to select the account during the process. Instead, there was a "Maude", which was not shown during that login screen. Weird.
However, it is the (changed) names of my father's girlfriend, so I guess it's normal in a way.

But yeah... thanks!



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Feb 28 2014, 9:32 am Hakuteiken Post #8



Happy to hear you handle that successful.

For resetting the Windows Vista password, I've used the AppGeeker tool to blank the password.

http://www.appgeeker.com/guide/reset-windows-7-password.html



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