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19 Nov 2009   #1

 
Locked out

Hi guys, nice site. This is my first post.

I'm locked out of 7 because I forgot my password. I've tried the disc repair feature, and a password recovery program that won't run. I cannot get past the login screen and I cannot get installation disc to run in order to try to re-install.
If I press F2 at boot up I need the password. If I press F8 I get a repair option that finally tells me that there's nothing wrong.
It would seem that I need to rip the hard drive out and get a new one. Windows 7 has invaded my space!!! LOL
BTW, this was an upgrade from Vista. A legal one I might add.


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19 Nov 2009   #2

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Hi and welcome.

You can do a clean install by booting to the DVD.

First though, I'd give this little utility a try. Try to blank the password instead of making a new one. Then just hit enter at login, for the password.

If it works, then create a new password once in Windows.
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19 Nov 2009   #3

 

You could go here and see what can be done... used to work for XP/Vista and I can't see any reason why it won't work for Windows 7 really...

Windows XP Login Recovery - Window password recovery within minutes.

Choose the free option, it takes longer, but gets the same result.
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19 Nov 2009   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
Hi and welcome.

You can do a clean install by booting to the DVD.

First though, I'd give this little utility a try. Try to blank the password instead of making a new one. Then just hit enter at login, for the password.

If it works, then create a new password once in Windows.
Thanks, but no go. Also, how do I get it to boot to the DVD? It will only go to login screen. I've tried rebooting with the install disc in the drive, and hitting f8 at start up, but I don't get an option to boot install dvd.
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19 Nov 2009   #5

 

Go into your BIOS and change the boot order. Usually you have to tap F2, Del or F10 on some machines...
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19 Nov 2009   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Go into your BIOS and change the boot order. Usually you have to tap F2, Del or F10 on some machines...
I can't get into BIOS, cuz I'm asked for password there as well. As for the recovery CD, the computer is not seeing it apparently.
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19 Nov 2009   #7

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thebilger View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Go into your BIOS and change the boot order. Usually you have to tap F2, Del or F10 on some machines...
I can't get into BIOS, cuz I'm asked for password there as well. As for the recovery CD, the computer is not seeing it apparently.
Bios password and Windows password are totally separate things.

If you don't know your bios password, you can reset it by pulling the battery out or setting the jumper temporarily, for the purpose of cmos reset.

The cd had to have been burned as .iso, not data.
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19 Nov 2009   #8

 

OK, I tapped delete while booting and got into a Memory Diagnostics Tool screen. Running that now, will post results.
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19 Nov 2009   #9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thebilger View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Go into your BIOS and change the boot order. Usually you have to tap F2, Del or F10 on some machines...
I can't get into BIOS, cuz I'm asked for password there as well. As for the recovery CD, the computer is not seeing it apparently.
Bios password and Windows password are totally separate things.

If you don't know your bios password, you can reset it by pulling the battery out or setting the jumper temporarily, for the purpose of cmos reset.

The cd had to have been burned as .iso, not data.
Will try the battery reset after diagnostics finishes running.
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19 Nov 2009   #10

 

What are you running diagnostics for? It won't help with amnesia!

I'm not sure how you can credibly lose both your BIOS and Windows passwords...
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