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Windows 7: locked out of Win 7 32-bit laptop

30 Jan 2017   #1
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
locked out of Win 7 32-bit laptop

Hello,

I hope this is the right forum for my question...

We have an old 2003 HP Pavilion 32-bit laptop with native XP at my office. At some point it was upgraded to Win 7. We have the original XP installation disks, but no Win 7 disk.

A couple of years ago the laptop was cleaned up and repurposed to a third party. After a time, they returned the laptop, saying thanks anyway, but it was too old to run the software they wanted. It was set aside for several months.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when we wanted to use the laptop to run a projector. But wait - there's an unfamiliar user account that's password protected, and no way to retrieve the password!

I've researched the situation, and believe I can reset the password with a Win 7 Repair disk. The problem is I don't have a 32-bit Win 7 computer available to create the disk.

So my question is: is it possible to create the disk I need without a Win 7 32-bit computer to create it on?


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30 Jan 2017   #2
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Admin/Mods -- are we allowed to mention a common way to unlock computers' User Account/Windows? If not, then the only solution is to take the computer and receipts of purchase [of windows for sure] to any business-oriented computer store.
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30 Jan 2017   #3
z3r010

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Admin/Mods -- are we allowed to mention a common way to unlock computers' User Account/Windows?
Yes.
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30 Jan 2017   #4
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

For the sake of clarity - I'm not asking how to bypass the password. I'm asking how to create a Windows repair disk for an operating system other than that which I am using.
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30 Jan 2017   #5
z3r010

 

Do you just need to disk to do the password reset? if so I can recommend Kyhi's rescue disk which has the tools to do that - Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

It's been a long time but I seem to remember you can just use a Windows 7 install iso as a repair disk, you can download a fresh Windows 7 ISO direct from microsoft using the tool on the following page - Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool
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30 Jan 2017   #6
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Yes, the main reason I need the disk is so I can reset the password. Once I have it, it will certainly go into our resource file, and I will be ensuring we have Repair disks for our current computers to avoid any similar situations in the future.

Thank you for the links, which I'm reviewing now.
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30 Jan 2017   #7
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Scuttlebutt elsewhere suggested Hiren's CD which includes a password unlocker of some sort -- PC-Unlocker? I hesitated before mentioning it, I wanted to be sure it would be ok to post that in this great forum; if not, please delete, thanks.
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31 Jan 2017   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Do you have only one account with admin rights?
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31 Jan 2017   #9
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

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31 Jan 2017   #10
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

There was just the one user account with admin rights. Thank you for the links.

I have reset the password AND created a Repair disk and a password reset disk to prevent this from happening again.

Even though my issue is resolved, I'd still like to know the answer to my question, which was whether there is a way to create a Repair disk for an OS different from the computer being used.
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