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Trying to restore a password on an admin account, windows 7 stater for an 11 yr old girl

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October 10, 2013 12:32:18 PM

THIS IS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO PIRATE WINDOWS.

I repeat!!!

THIS IS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO PIRATE WINDOWS.

This is an attempt to recover the password on an HP netbook for a co-workers grand daughter who forgot the password on the admin account.

All they could tell me was the hint for the password was the opposite of 'flower'. Could be anything.

Here is what I have tried.

Going into safe mode with the cmd prompt, but no go without the admin password.

Then I tried a legitimate copy of a password recovery software that the co-worker purchased, but the damn net book will not recognize the flash drive the recovery software is loaded onto.

I know I can just to a system restore and have them enter new passwords, but we are trying to avoid that, and no they never did any kind of back up on anything.

Is there anything else I can do?


Please do not lecture me about pirating OS software as I am not doing that. I am trying to help a kid who is apparently forgetful and can't remember her password.
October 10, 2013 12:44:19 PM

Call the manufacturer.
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October 10, 2013 12:45:47 PM

I would try to recreate the usb flash boot disc for the password recovery software maybe you did not create it properly or you need to turn on usb booting in the bios settings and did you try "rewolf"?
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October 10, 2013 12:47:15 PM

Hi

It is unlikely any one will help you and if they do the powers that be will remove the post and ban the poster (this happened to me a few weeks ago)

Ask an IT professional for advice.
If you work for a large oranisation or company there will be people you can ask and if they believe your story and especially if they know you they will tell you what to do

regards

Mike Barnes
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October 10, 2013 12:51:04 PM

jumpingeebus said:
I would try to recreate the usb flash boot disc for the password recovery software maybe you did not create it properly or you need to turn on usb booting in the bios settings and did you try "rewolf"?



Thank you, I tried this, but despite the boot order I set up it does not recognize the flash drive, it see it int he BIOS but not in windows, there are 4 guest accounts and it will not work on any of them.
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October 10, 2013 12:51:28 PM

"Hiren's Boot CD" Use the password recovery tool.
I prefer to just unlock the "Administrator" account, then reset from there...

If you need it to be a USB utility, use something like Yumi [pendrivelinux.com]
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October 10, 2013 12:58:27 PM

mbarnes86 said:
Hi

It is unlikely any one will help you and if they do the powers that be will remove the post and ban the poster (this happened to me a few weeks ago)

Ask an IT professional for advice.
If you work for a large oranisation or company there will be people you can ask and if they believe your story and especially if they know you they will tell you what to do

regards

Mike Barnes


Not telling a story, I would not risk a ban for myself or someone else over a crappy HP netbook.

Honestly trying to help someone out.

The IT guys at the company I work at are clueless. They know less about PC's than I do.

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October 10, 2013 1:06:28 PM

boogalooelectric said:
jumpingeebus said:
I would try to recreate the usb flash boot disc for the password recovery software maybe you did not create it properly or you need to turn on usb booting in the bios settings and did you try "rewolf"?



Thank you, I tried this, but despite the boot order I set up it does not recognize the flash drive, it see it int he BIOS but not in windows, there are 4 guest accounts and it will not work on any of them.


making a flash drive bootable requires proper partitioning check out http://rufus.akeo.ie/

I had a asus eee netbook and gave up on installing windows via a flash disc fortunately for me though I had a usb dvd burner at work I could use. Its definately a pain to get it working properly but I have a bootable knoppix usb flash drive that works great so keep at it rufus is great for repartitioning and if the netbook has a uefi bios it will even handle that as well so you can use it for usb flash bootable windows 8 disk.
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October 10, 2013 1:15:39 PM

jumpingeebus said:
boogalooelectric said:
jumpingeebus said:
I would try to recreate the usb flash boot disc for the password recovery software maybe you did not create it properly or you need to turn on usb booting in the bios settings and did you try "rewolf"?



Thank you, I tried this, but despite the boot order I set up it does not recognize the flash drive, it see it int he BIOS but not in windows, there are 4 guest accounts and it will not work on any of them.


making a flash drive bootable requires proper partitioning check out http://rufus.akeo.ie/

I had a asus eee netbook and gave up on installing windows via a flash disc fortunately for me though I had a usb dvd burner at work I could use. Its definately a pain to get it working properly but I have a bootable knoppix usb flash drive that works great so keep at it rufus is great for repartitioning and if the netbook has a uefi bios it will even handle that as well so you can use it for usb flash bootable windows 8 disk.



Thank you.

I will give it a shot, if that does not work, I am telling them its time for a re-format or a new copy of windows.
windows and a reformat
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October 10, 2013 1:59:03 PM

boogalooelectric said:
jumpingeebus said:
boogalooelectric said:
jumpingeebus said:
I would try to recreate the usb flash boot disc for the password recovery software maybe you did not create it properly or you need to turn on usb booting in the bios settings and did you try "rewolf"?



Thank you, I tried this, but despite the boot order I set up it does not recognize the flash drive, it see it int he BIOS but not in windows, there are 4 guest accounts and it will not work on any of them.


making a flash drive bootable requires proper partitioning check out http://rufus.akeo.ie/

I had a asus eee netbook and gave up on installing windows via a flash disc fortunately for me though I had a usb dvd burner at work I could use. Its definately a pain to get it working properly but I have a bootable knoppix usb flash drive that works great so keep at it rufus is great for repartitioning and if the netbook has a uefi bios it will even handle that as well so you can use it for usb flash bootable windows 8 disk.



Thank you.

I will give it a shot, if that does not work, I am telling them its time for a re-format or a new copy of windows.
windows and a reformat


this will help you find out if its the bios or the partitioning if it still doesn't boot to usb from that you need to recreate the boot disk: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16822/boot-from-a-usb-dr...
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