Just had a panic phone call from a friend - she is locked out of her computer. She has tried every combination of her password and it still say
Locked. Cannot access anything to even do a system restore. I have no idea as it has never happened to me,
Any suggestions (other than a very large hammer) would be appreciated.
She is operating on Windows 7.
I may soon need something like this to get into my departed brother's computer. As I make efforts to handle estate matters, I will want to see anything that is subject to monthly automatic debit (e.g. an Amazon Prime account, a Netflix account, perhaps a cable network or satellite dish network, an ISP provider).
If its that easy, what's the point of a password in the first place?
Passwords only keep honest people out. An Ultimate boot CD or Hiren, might be useful. As for the account passwords, Scholar, unless they are stored on site, you might be SOL.
Just a thought...
This worked with older versions of Windoze, but I have no idea if anyone's tried it, for years.
If you enter the username as "Fred", it might just ask you for a new password and let you in.
Hiren did have a rep some years back of supplying illegal copies of commercial software. Problem was it's range of utilities was so good, no one tended to worry. They are far more legit, these days. Still, it's a useful set of tools to keep in your arsenal.
Friend's computer now up and running again - thank you everyone for your help !
Which suggestion actually worked?
I followed the instructions given in Dr John's link to Microsft - but I have also made a us a copy of Hiren each - just in case!
It comes as a free download and looks like a useful tool.