Where are passwords stored on a computer

September 16, 2011 at 09:43:49
Specs: Windows Vista
I have acquired a computer but do not know the password to open it. Can I remove it

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#1
September 16, 2011 at 09:45:46
What type of password? BIOS, hard drive, or Windows?

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#2
September 16, 2011 at 09:53:06
or even application and Internet passwords.

They are all different.

The simplest solution in these circumstances is to ask the person you acquired the computer from, that's of you can find them.

Stuart


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#3
September 16, 2011 at 09:59:18
Passwords would be pointless if they were 'removable'

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#4
September 16, 2011 at 10:16:38
Login passwords are not stored in the computer. Only a hash of the password is stored and that in a location that is not normally accessible to even an administrator. There is nowhere in the computers hard drive you can see login passwords.

Your options are few:
Obtain a valid password from the owner or reinstall the OS (unless it is a BIOS password).

Never buy a used computer from anywhere unless you get all necessary passwords.


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#5
September 16, 2011 at 10:47:06
....................................... please post pc serial number.
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#6
September 16, 2011 at 17:57:43
I bought a stolen computer. Can anyone tell me how I can use it?

I was thinking about asking the former owner. Is that a good idea?


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#7
September 17, 2011 at 01:37:33
I was thinking about asking the former owner. Is that a good idea?

From my point of view that is a very good idea. That means there is a good chance of the thief being caught.

Stuart


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#8
September 19, 2011 at 03:44:51
casey

We don't encourage hacking/breaking passwords. If the poster is the legal owner of the laptop there are remedies available from the manufacturer.


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#9
September 19, 2011 at 07:29:34
"..is not normally accessible to even an administrator."

* Cain and Abel
* fgdump.exe
* Ophcrack

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#10
September 19, 2011 at 08:12:30
MUs

Did you read #9 above? Read the original post. "I have acquired a computer". Acquired it how and from where?


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#11
September 20, 2011 at 00:44:59
My reply was to "is not normally accessible to even an administrator" posted by LMiller7.

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#12
September 20, 2011 at 05:13:17
I know that, but you posted hack methods to break passwords. Odds are this is a stolen laptop.

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#13
September 20, 2011 at 07:54:40
"you posted hack methods to break passwords."

I did not.

I posted recovery tools to recover forgotten passwords etc.

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#14
September 20, 2011 at 10:47:39
I posted recovery tools to recover forgotten passwords etc.

Semantics. Whether the password was lost or is unknown it amounts to the same thing. However, it is obvious from the way the OP is phrased that it is not a case of a forgotten password but one that was never known to begin with,

I for one have no intention of helping someone to benefit from dishonesty.

Stuart


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