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« on: March 29, 2008, 06:46:02 PM »

I got this Laptop.  Previously corporately owned.  The only thing separating it from me owning it and it being a boat anchor is it's locked by the windows password.

I don't give a *feces* what's on it.  I just want it to be my laptop.

There has to be some F4 ALT CTRL F15 to get to some root menu to re-boot the thing.

What do I do?

(I got this today.  Legitimate source.)

 
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2008, 07:07:56 PM »

Long cables, really long cables.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2008, 07:28:09 PM »

Wait till you get the Ubuntu CD and boot from that, then load it.

Seriously.

You could do the same with a Windows CD too. Unless you have the password these really are your only option.
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2008, 07:34:22 PM »

Wait till you get the Ubuntu CD and boot from that, then load it.

Seriously.


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I guess my question is, how do I get to that?  When I power on.....what "F" do I push to get to that option?
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2008, 07:52:48 PM »

Why not call your "legitimate source", get the password and then change it?
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2008, 08:20:02 PM »

Why not call your "legitimate source", get the password and then change it?


If he knew it, I would not have posted this thread.  *fudge*head.


Computer is from an IT guy.  Computer was surrendered from a large corp.  Normally they just get recycled(read: thrown in the trash.)

It's locked with a Windows password.  I either need to get passed that, or figure out a way to re-boot the machine, or throw the damn thing out like it was destined ......

I just thought I could get to the guts, and start from scratch.    Bangs Head
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2008, 12:52:43 AM »

Why not call your "legitimate source", get the password and then change it?


If he knew it, I would not have posted this thread.  *fudge*head.
Grin That is harsh only because I thought the same thing about contacting the "legitimate source."  Give me credit though, because I thought that the only reason you hadn't done that is because you drank a 12 pack in celebration for getting such a good deal thereby losing the ability to remember that you had a source.
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2008, 01:01:32 AM »

Is the laptop running XP or Vista?


If it's running XP, there's a utility I've used on one of my XP machines at work to reset a password.  You have to create a boot floppy with some utilities on it.  It's a little involved, but we can walk you through it.


There are nice instructions at this page:
http://www.windows-help-c...com/lost-xp-password.html
(starting at Creating the boot disk.  You don't need to fill out the form to request a download link.  The existing link works fine)

That page basically walks you through an old password recovery tool for NT that works for XP.  The instructions at the link above go through the steps including downloading a file from
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2008, 06:09:11 AM »

Why not call your "legitimate source", get the password and then change it?


If he knew it, I would not have posted this thread.  *fudge*head.




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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2008, 07:30:21 AM »

Why not call your "legitimate source", get the password and then change it?


If he knew it, I would not have posted this thread.  *fudge*head.




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I'm sorry Ted.  Long day yesterday, a lot going on around here.  I had a pretty low boiling point.
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2008, 07:36:49 AM »

Is the laptop running XP or Vista?


If it's running XP, there's a utility I've used on one of my XP machines at work to reset a password.  You have to create a boot floppy with some utilities on it.  It's a little involved, but we can walk you through it.


There are nice instructions at this page:
http://www.windows-help-c...com/lost-xp-password.html
(starting at Creating the boot disk.  You don't need to fill out the form to request a download link.  The existing link works fine)

That page basically walks you through an old password recovery tool for NT that works for XP.  The instructions at the link above go through the steps including downloading a file from
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

Thanks dys.  I guess I will need some help, with that program you have. Windows XP Pentium 4. Dell Latitude, 15 inch monitor, DVD drive, lots of other holes to plug *feces* it, about an inch tall, black, no prior arrests,last seen sitting on my desk.(and having you walk me through it no doubt)

I found and downloaded OPHcrack and that booted up and loaded Ubuntu*, but I can't see where it found/resolved the Windows password.

*A.  I know, I know.
  B.  Spankers, you could prob. save the postage if you haven't sent it out yet.
  C.  No!  I want to get to the Windows for right now, Aske.
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2008, 08:53:06 AM »

Worst case scenario: Last I priced them, new laptop hard drives are relatively affordable.

[edit] *fudge*head.
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2008, 09:12:37 AM »

Worst case scenario: Last I priced them, new laptop hard drives are relatively affordable.

[edit] *fudge*head.

Yeah.  Last resort.

If I do that, don't I have to "buy" Widows as well?
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« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2008, 09:26:45 AM »

Worst case scenario: Last I priced them, new laptop hard drives are relatively affordable.

[edit] *fudge*head.

Yeah.  Last resort.

If I do that, don't I have to "buy" Widows as well?
I've seen OEM copies of XP going for $70-$80 on ebay. Given how frequently windows needs repair, it might not be a bad idea to buy it anyway.
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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2008, 09:33:16 AM »

buy xp discs while they're still available.  windows sucks!
oh, and of course ubuntu is free  Devil

i'm sure your computer would recognize either a windows xp disc or ubuntu disc and autoboot from them.  if not ,  we could guide you through changing the BIOS boot order.  (but i'd recommend you be sober for that  Wink )
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