Solved Lost Password for Vista

Hewlett-packard / Mcp61pm-hm
May 16, 2016 at 08:30:51
Specs: Windows Vista, 2 gig of Ram
How can I reset the password if I don't remember it? It is an older computer that I want to use.to edit video and photos with.

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May 16, 2016 at 16:34:14
Leave the HDD where it is, boot off the Win7 disc & repartition/reformat during the Win7 installation.

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#1
May 16, 2016 at 08:37:21
Which password is it, BIOS, Hard Disk or Windows?

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#2
May 16, 2016 at 08:43:53
Windows on boot up. Derek it was my son's desktop and now I want to revive it to give to my grandson. He wants to edit videos. My intention is to uninstall Vista and install Windows 7 Home Premium.

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#3
May 16, 2016 at 09:34:49
This software has never failed me: https://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
It works for both admin & user passwords.

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#4
May 16, 2016 at 09:40:52
See this:
http://www.top-password.com/knowled...

For Windows passwords there are many other hits in Google. BIOS and HDD passwords are the difficult ones.

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I Just overlapped with the above post.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#5
May 16, 2016 at 16:29:48
Would it be easier to connect the hard drive to my computer and use Administrative Tools to Format the disk and then put it back into the HP computer and install Windows 7 Home. I have forgotten how to do that but I will figure it out. Thanks for your help guys. I appreciate it. I am trying to install a more current Windows System for my grandson to use for editing Video. Thanks again.

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May 16, 2016 at 16:34:14
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Leave the HDD where it is, boot off the Win7 disc & repartition/reformat during the Win7 installation.

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#7
May 16, 2016 at 16:51:34
"Would it be easier to.......... "
Not necessarily easier but there could be some benefit in having a clean install of Vista.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#8
May 16, 2016 at 17:22:57
Sounds like the best plan of action Riider. And I always appreciate your input Derek. One last question. How much memory should be on the PCI express Card for Video. Thanks much guys.

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#9
May 21, 2016 at 06:12:20
"How much memory should be on the PCI express Card for Video"

How much memory for what? Normal everyday use? HD video? Video editing? Gaming? Each has different requirements & it seems a lot of people focus on the memory amount. Certainly memory is a factor in choosing a card, but the GPU used on the card is much more important.

I wouldn't get a card with less than 512MB but 1-2GB seems to be the new standard amount. Higher end cards have 4GB or more. Pay attention to the type of memory & the memory interface (buswidth). DDR3 or GDDR3 memory used to be the way to go but GDDR5 is currently the best. And sometimes manufacturers play games with the specs to try to sucker you in to buying an inferior product. For example, look at the comparison of these two 2GB GT 730 cards. If you just look at memory, you might think the one with 128-bit DDR3 would be better. But if you look at the GPU specs, the 128-bit card runs at just 700MHz with 96 CUDA cores vs the 64-bit card which runs at 902MHz with 384 CUDA cards. The EVGA 64-bit card is better but the weaker MSI card costs more.

EVGA GT 730 2GB vs MSI GT 730 2GB


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#10
September 3, 2016 at 04:00:25
It depends on what kind of password is. If you logged into with MS account, then you can reset the password via Microsoft account resetting service. For local account, you can create password removal tool like ntpasswd to change the password.

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#11
September 12, 2016 at 02:08:41
P.S. The solutions varies for different computer brands. Please provide more details.

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#12
September 26, 2016 at 19:25:28
There is a free program called Ophcrack. it can help you reset or remove windows password in a minute. However, it only supports local account.

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#13
October 8, 2016 at 23:36:12
One more tip, if you came across the problem of no table found, then you should first download rainbow table first before using Ophcrack. Here is the tutorial on how to reset vista password: http://www.uukeys.com/reset-windows...

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