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How to recover computer password?
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Posted 12 February 2011 - 06:12 PM
Just had a friend come up in a frizzle. He has a newish laptop, which his brother usually jumps on and uses his password. So this brother who owns the computer has changed his password 4 times, but has forgotten the last one!!! had to lmao off at him.
So can a password recovery happen, and if so how???
Posted 13 February 2011 - 07:03 AM
how computer savvy is he?
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There are various scenarios.
I have seen this used before:
Good luck, it normally means you have fun reformatting your machine.
If there is data he really really needs off it, you can get the hard drive out of that machine, mount it in a case and try and access said data from another machine before you reformat.
The other thing to try is boot the machine into repair mode (google this) and restore it to a previous point where he might remember the old password. For example. if I changed the password TODAY, I might try and restore it to last Friday.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 07:08 AM
To get the data off it, if the laptop has a cd drive, boot it from a live linux cd (eg ubuntu) and mount the main hard drive to access the files.
Start by downloading ubuntu live from http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download and burning to a cd.
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