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Laptop Password Help Answered

OK, so I'm typing on this laptop...

It was assigned to Kitewife by an ex employer who seems to have forgotten they assigned it to her several years ago.

If they ever ask for it back, we will happily hand it back, but they treated Kitewife very badly for quite some time before she left, so we have forgotten that we have it.

Anyhoo, it works OK, little slow, but fine for the boys to use. Except that it's software hasn't been updated for at least three years. There are whole chunks of the internet that are invisible to it. The Flash, Java, Adobe, even the anti-virus are stupidly out of date.

Unfortunately, the laptop has an admin password.

Now, I could ask Kitewife's ex employer what the password is, but they might remember that she has it.


Any ideas?

I've had a look at the various password "hack" ibles, but they haven't been any help.


Back it up and then reformat the drive and reinstall the OS (you said antivirus so I'm guessing windows). If it is too slow you might want to try linux (or have both)

Use a license key extractor (stfw) to show you the current windows OS key. Then use that key and reinstall the operating system. That way it won't be cluttered up with all the work stuff. Same deal if it has Office installed on it. Or just go out and buy yourself a legitimate copy of the OS and set it up from scratch.

I believe you can reset the pw if you boot up into DOS.

. IIRC, UBCD has a password reset utility.

. Or use Password Renew (included with UBCD) by itself. I haven't tried it, but if it comes with UBCD, it should do the job.

That sounds like what I need, but the password renew says "NT" - this laptop is running XP. Do you reckon it will still work?

and 98 and 95 and 3.1 and DOS:P

well if it doesn't work, go ahead and re-instal the OS, it's pretty easy to do, i can give you a link to a couple downloads


9 years ago

backtrack 3 is pretty niffty, tis a security linux distrobution, runs as a live cd or live thumb drive, and can do all kinds of fun but questionable voodoo and wizadary.

This article should walk you through the process of ripping an xp password .

and heres an article about burning live cd's in windows (just incase :P ) :
(replace "ubutnu image" with "backtrack 3 image" while reading)

sorry to double post, but as a side note if you do change the admin password with pretty much any password changer and encryption has been enabled for the admin account (usually pretty uncommon, but if its a corporate computer it might have been done), even if you have a new password to get into the system the files in the admin account will have been encrypted with the old password as a key so you won't be able to access them........

but then again if you don't have the admin password your not using files that may or may not have been encrypted anyways, so that was kind of an invalid point......
its too early.
*wanders aimlessly to the kitchen for more coffee*

p.s this might be worth looking at as well, although I've never used it:

I would make anophcrack live cd. Just burn the iso to a cd and boot it up.