Windows login requiring password but none exists?


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    Windows 7 Ultimate
       #1

    Windows login requiring password but none exists?


    My computer recently updated it's version of Windows. Previously it was Windows XP, and now it is Windows 7 Ultimate. It did this overnight and restarted itself. The problem is that now the computer is booting to a Windows login screen and requiring a password to proceed. This computer was setup by my father before he passed away, and now belongs to my mother. Assuming he setup the user "DELL" (which I don't think he did), we are not able to guess the password. Is there anyway around this login screen?

    I have tried "reset password" but it requires a password disk, which we do not have.

    I have also tried booting with a "restore Windows 7" disk that was left behind, but it only booted to an empty screen where I was unable to do anything.

    Can anyone help???
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    Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
       #2

    I used a program called Offline NT not too long ago, you have to burn it to a disk and boot from the disk. You can use it to clear any passwords associated with any local user accounts. Pretty easy to use.

    (option five)
    User Account - Reset Password in Windows 7
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    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #3

    See here: User Account Password - Change from WinRE

    Once you have the hidden Administrator account enabled, you can login as Administrator, open Control Panel, User Accounts and remove any passwords from the account you want to login as normally, or create a new account if you want.
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