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i have a vista laptop that i havent powered up for a while, i will soon sell it, but i want to find out what is on it first.

asked Jun 22 '10 at 12:12

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All you have to do is go into safe mode and there should be an administrator account you can click on. Once you go into that you should be able to access the computer, maybe you can change the password in there idk.

answered Jun 14 '11 at 07:56

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Many of us are usually confronted with this problem-forget our Windows password and have no idea what to do.Now,let’s get acquainted with this issue.

1.Vista allows you to create a password reset disk which enables you to reset your password without much hassle. The problem with this option is that you have to create the reset disk before the password is lost. You can find a description of how to create a password reset disk here.

2.Use freeware to reset the Windows password

It is an open-source password cracker. The technology it uses to break Windows passwords is called “rainbow tables” and was described by Philippe Oechslin in Making a Faster Cryptanalytic Time-Memory Trade-Off. A rough way to describe this technique is to say that tables of possible hashes are precomputed so that you can iteratively compare the windows hashes to precomputed bits and piece together the hash and its value more quickly than brute-force guessing.

  1. -It is considered as the best tool to reset local administrator and user passwords on any Windows system. It creates a password recovery CD/DVD, USB Flash Drive for home, business and enterprise. And most of all, it's the most popular and safe solution for removing your Windows password until now.

answered Jun 13 '11 at 22:27

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edited Jun 13 '11 at 23:32

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Easy solution. Go to your nearest local PC store (NOT Best Buy, but your independent-type store) and look for a "SATA to USB" adapter. (they're not expensive at all)

Once it's home, plop out the Vista laptop's drive and plug it into another PC via USB, copy the contents of the drive to a folder you'll know is the "Vista Laptop Drive".

Put the laptop drive back in the laptop, put in the OS disk of your choice, format the drive, reinstall the OS, and you have a fresh working laptop with nothing lurking on it for the buyer, and you still have all your data you copied on the other machine, which you can now access without going through the hassle of passwords, hacking, resetting "this" or "that", blah blah blah.

Good luck.

answered Mar 28 '11 at 23:53

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You can try to reset the password in Vista with command prompt. 1. Press F8 to enter Advanced Boot Options just before the Windows loading screen appears. 2. Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt. 3. Log in with an administrator account when you can see the log on screen. 4. Type net user in the command prompt and then hit Enter. All the Windows account user names will be listed for you. 5. Type net user Helen 123 and hit Enter. ‘Helen’ is your locked Windows account user name. And ‘123’ is the new password you want to reset for the account. If you cannot enter the safe mode, I’m afraid you have to create a password reset disk with a CD or USB drive as follows. Otherwise, reinstallation will be your only choice. Step 1: Download in any computer from its official site

Step 2: Use CD/DVD/USB drive to create a password disk via the program. Step 3: Boot your locked computer from CD/DVD or USB Step 4: Reset Vista password with the burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

answered Mar 28 '11 at 22:57

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edited Jun 13 '11 at 23:29

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Thanks for these suggestions. I tried some of them. I forgot my Windows password last week and finally reset the forgotten password with easy steps. I searched the tool Windows Password Reset and used it to help me DIY my own password reset disk to get out of problem within minutes!

answered Mar 08 '11 at 02:08

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edited Jun 13 '11 at 23:29

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Hiren's BootCD has Windows password and registration code extractors. Google it, as for some odd reason the Hiren's site doesn't actually link to downloading the CD image. I'm sure there's some legal reason for that.

To be honest, Windows passwords are one of the most badly encrypted there is. It's terribly easy to extract them. Microsoft just doesn't admit it.

answered Feb 12 '11 at 00:56

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Heres a great method to reveal most encrypted passwords, enjoy! It works great!!!!

answered Feb 11 '11 at 23:17

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edited Jun 13 '11 at 23:30

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Depending on the password, it may be very difficult to crack with out a massive rainbow table.

In these cases, I recommend booting into a live linux OS http://www.linuxliveusb.com/

This will allow you to view the files on the drive as long as it is not encrypted.

And after you verify the info within linux, you can also use gparted and reformat the drive, then reinstall windows then sell the laptop.

answered Jun 22 '10 at 13:38

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If there's a way to get the hard drive out of the computer and into an external hard drive enclosure, you can use it as an external hard drive to see what's on it.

answered Jun 22 '10 at 13:09

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I had this dilemma a few years ago when I got my laptop, at first I tried Ophcrack Live CD but it didn't work so in the end I just reinstalled Windows.

answered Jun 22 '10 at 12:53

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yea it does not always work, exp if you use a complex password... i gage how good my passwords are whether ophcrack can crack it... but i have got passwords off many of my friends computers using it, so it works but not always...

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