Quote: Originally Posted by Olwe
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