Locked out of laptop forgot password

January 26, 2011 at 04:54:33
Specs: Windows Vista

Hi, I have read a few messages of cases where people have forgotten their passwords and cannot get in and you have been very suspicious. Here is my story: My husband and I had an argument and I was very upset with him and went out and got well rather merry! The only way I thought I could really annoy him was to reset the password on the laptop (acer) so he couldn't play those silly facebook games which he has to update on a daily basis (cityville?). Anyway, I cannot for the life of me remember what the thing is. Well I thought it was something but it isn't and we have tried different variations but nothing. My IT guy at work said to try the Ctrl Alt Del x 2 to log in as admin but it doesn't work. We've also tried to press F8 when starting to log in as last good config but that just takes us back to the password change. It guy says that we would have to remove the hard drive and read data on another computer and then wipe it and put it back (or something like that, I am NOT technical) but I would lose all the pictures of my two boys which is a frightening thought!
Is there ANYTHING else I can do? Please help, I hope my thorough story will convince you that this is true, I happy to call and speak to anyone but Im not sure how these help things work.

Thank you so much in advance!


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#1
January 26, 2011 at 05:13:22

Like you I am always a little suspicious about this sort of story.

Contact the manufacturer - they should be able to advise you on the best course of action.


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#2
January 26, 2011 at 05:53:29

Thanks for your reply, the password is a windows password, do I still contact the manufacturer?
Thanks

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#3
January 26, 2011 at 07:13:47

Ah, no. Windows password is another matter. Have a look at this article (it refers to XP, but the techniques are still applicable to Windows 7. And if your husband has any sense he'll change his password so that you can't access his computer in future; either that or else set up another account just for you.

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#4
January 26, 2011 at 08:49:28

you will need to copy the files, you can boot into a linux live cd (free) copy your files and photos etc etc and then do a factory restore, usually done by tapping a F key at boot, different machines different F keys.
f10, f11 etc.
you will lose all files and your machine go back to the day you bought it.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#5
January 26, 2011 at 18:03:18

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