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.
Answer by Razor512 · Jun 22, 2010 at 02:38 PM
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.
Answer by ageekmom · Jun 22, 2010 at 01:34 PM
Doesn't look like there's an easy way to do it, at least not one officially sanctioned by Microsoft. Here's their "What to do if you forget your Windows password" help file: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/What-to-do-if-you-forget-your-Windows-password
Answer by pcknowsbest · Jun 14, 2011 at 08:56 AM
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.
Answer by trueb · Jun 22, 2010 at 01:37 PM
im assuming ytou are talking about a windows password, i have used ophcrack live CD to recover last passwords
as a disclaimer you should not use this to hack into other peoples computer for illegal purposes.
Answer by Duodave · Feb 12, 2011 at 02:56 AM
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.
Answer by Lily Cather · Mar 08, 2011 at 04:08 AM
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!
Answer by aedamin · Mar 28, 2011 at 11:57 PM
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. â€˜Helenâ€™ is your locked Windows account user name. And â€˜123â€™ is the new password you want to reset for the account. If you cannot enter the safe mode, Iâ€™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.