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Windows 7: How do I get onto an old laptop with a forgotten password?

14 Aug 2016   #1
LiliKitten1996

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
How do I get onto an old laptop with a forgotten password?

So, I have a relative who quite often gives me the old laptops of his work colleagues after he has refurbished them. When he gives me these laptops he puts a very simple password that clever older me has left the same as when hes given them to me.

Now I have a old laptop that i have recently managed to get working, it has important documents that I desperately need, but stupid me from a few years ago changed the password on it and now I can't access said important documents.

I never created a password reset disk and I put a stupid cryptic hint because I thought I was being clever, I just want to know if there is anyway I can access the computer without resetting everything and losing stuff?

It's a HP Compaq 6710b running Windows 7 Ultimate x32bit

I'm the opposite of a tech expert, please help me!


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14 Aug 2016   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum our rules don't allow us to help hacking passwords etc if you just want a file you can boot a Linux live CD which runs all from the CD and then copy the file you would then have to reinstall Windows
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14 Aug 2016   #3
LiliKitten1996

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Thanks but I would also like to use the laptop and I don't have the means to get the Linux live cd. I understand you can't suggest hacking but is there any other way of getting into the laptop without hacking?
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14 Aug 2016   #4
margrave

Size 12
 
 

Pull the drive out of the old computer, put it into an external USB enclosure, and plug that into a working computer.
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14 Aug 2016   #5
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiliKitten1996 View Post
Thanks but I would also like to use the laptop and I don't have the means to get the Linux live cd. I understand you can't suggest hacking but is there any other way of getting into the laptop without hacking?
Google has all of the answers.
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14 Aug 2016   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can create a Linux disc or flash drive on any computer, surely you know someone or there is a library nearby with computers.

Or, as suggested, just hook the drive up to another working computer and explore it.

After you get what you need off it, reinstall windows, and this time DO NOT use a password, a password is useless.
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14 Aug 2016   #7
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
and this time DO NOT use a password, a password is useless.
I agree that the Windows password is useless. There is one instance where it is required, though. That's if you want to use Windows Backup to save to a network location. For some stupid reason, Windows then insists that you use a password for your Windows account.

Very annoying.
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