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    Getting into a password locked lappie

    Following on from that other thread (!), my son had a lappie which developed issues so he went out and bought a new one. Now, 3 years later, I want to trash the 'old' lappie but, need to delete everything on the HD first.

    Before I do that, I'd like to see if it can be fixed or its completely fooked. Trouble is, he cant remember the password. So, how can I get past the windows log in? I think the lappie has XP on it.
    I couldn't give two fornicators! Yes, really!

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    Originally posted by BolshieBastard View Post
    Following on from that other thread (!), my son had a lappie which developed issues so he went out and bought a new one. Now, 3 years later, I want to trash the 'old' lappie but, need to delete everything on the HD first.

    Before I do that, I'd like to see if it can be fixed or its completely fooked. Trouble is, he cant remember the password. So, how can I get past the windows log in? I think the lappie has XP on it.
    Take a look at this and just use Boot and Nuke
    Originally posted by Stevie Wonder Boy
    I can't see any way to do it can you please advise?

    I want my account deleted and all of my information removed, I want to invoke my right to be forgotten.

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      #3
      Originally posted by BolshieBastard View Post
      Following on from that other thread (!), my son had a lappie which developed issues so he went out and bought a new one. Now, 3 years later, I want to trash the 'old' lappie but, need to delete everything on the HD first.

      Before I do that, I'd like to see if it can be fixed or its completely fooked. Trouble is, he cant remember the password. So, how can I get past the windows log in? I think the lappie has XP on it.
      Lightweight bootable linux version on a USB stick or CD. Boot, mount the windows partition and blow away the password file. Reboot in windows and your done.
      "Being nice costs nothing and sometimes gets you extra bacon" - Pondlife.

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        #4
        Originally posted by DaveB View Post
        Lightweight bootable linux version on a USB stick or CD. Boot, mount the windows partition and blow away the password file. Reboot in windows and your done.
        Password file?
        Originally posted by Stevie Wonder Boy
        I can't see any way to do it can you please advise?

        I want my account deleted and all of my information removed, I want to invoke my right to be forgotten.

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          #5
          Originally posted by SimonMac View Post
          Password file?
          %System Root%/system32/config/sam

          Holds the (encrypted) user details and password associated with the accounts SID. Delete that and the account remains but the password is blanked.

          If you want to exercise a little more finess you can delete the password hash from the file for the account you want access to.

          If you want even more finesse you remove the hash, get into the account, do what you want with it, put the hash back, fiddle the file modification time on the SAM, and no-one will know you were there ( well, not without some pukka forensics anyway).
          Last edited by DaveB; 19 July 2012, 13:45.
          "Being nice costs nothing and sometimes gets you extra bacon" - Pondlife.

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