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Windows 7: Password workaround?

01 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Password workaround?

I just got a laptop from an Ebay seller. It's a Lenovo Thinkpad T61. He advertised it as having no hard drive. It just arrived -- with hard drive. I fire it up and it was apparently a corporate laptop with WinXP Pro. Problem is, it wants a password. I'm sure the seller doesn't have it; he probably got these bulk and no further info -- or under orders to wipe the drives. . . So he screwed up.

Q: Can I somehow get into this WinXP Pro system? If not, I have a copy of a Vista upgrade. Can I use it without knowing the WinXP Pro password?

This is not a big deal. Again, none of my data is on this thing. But it would be nice to avoid the cost of a new OS install. . .

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01 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I think I'd just be inclined to install Vista, have a look at this Microsoft article:

Installing and reinstalling Windows Vista

As long as you have the product keys you should be fine and it'll be better to start off with a clean drive.
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01 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7
 
 
Upgrade?

But if I run the Vista upgrade disk on a WinXP Pro, won't it just carry over the WinXP account/data? I'd still be locked out not knowing the password, wouldn't I?
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01 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Please have a look at this Microsoft tutorial: Installing and reinstalling Windows Vista

Providing you choose the Custom install your Windows XP operating system will be automatically replaced and you'll have no further worries on the password issue.
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01 Feb 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Olwe View Post
I just got a laptop from an Ebay seller. It's a Lenovo Thinkpad T61. He advertised it as having no hard drive. It just arrived -- with hard drive. I fire it up and it was apparently a corporate laptop with WinXP Pro. Problem is, it wants a password. I'm sure the seller doesn't have it; he probably got these bulk and no further info -- or under orders to wipe the drives. . . So he screwed up.

Q: Can I somehow get into this WinXP Pro system? If not, I have a copy of a Vista upgrade. Can I use it without knowing the WinXP Pro password?

This is not a big deal. Again, none of my data is on this thing. But it would be nice to avoid the cost of a new OS install. . .
What you *should* probably do is report the vendor to the police - the machine is very possibly stolen (and they almost certainly broke various laws on advertising or sales quality).

OTOH, what you can do, is order a set of Recovery disks from the manufacturer - this will install whatever the original OS was (check the COA sticker on the case) without the hassle of having to look for the right drivers.
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01 Feb 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

It's against forum rules for anyone to help you bypass the password. I'm sure you can understand why? If your laptop was lost or stolen you I'm sure you wouldn't want someone helping the thief get in and access your personal info?
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01 Feb 2012   #7

Windows 7
 
 
Stolen? Naah. . .

I doubt it was stolen. Companies off-load "pallets" of their old laptops to resellers all the time. I'm sure there was a slip up, though. It was advertised as having no drive. The computer is going towards a church multi-media room, so we can all relax . . . ironic since I'm a pagan.
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01 Feb 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Yes, I don't think its stolen either but forum rules still dictate that we shouldn't help. It sucks but thats the way it is these days. I can't blame the site ownwer either. Nobody wants to get in trouble.
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01 Feb 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Olwe View Post
I doubt it was stolen. Companies off-load "pallets" of their old laptops to resellers all the time. I'm sure there was a slip up, though. It was advertised as having no drive. The computer is going towards a church multi-media room, so we can all relax . . . ironic since I'm a pagan.
You can Google for missing passsword and find something I am sure. I would install Vista.
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