March 27th, 2012, 02:10 PM #1
HELP! Upgrade Win VISTA HP to WIN 7HP Without PassWord. Possible?
New Laptop wasn't used for a year. The Backup Vista OS is on "D" Partition of Harddrive--not disc.
Have UPGRADE version of WIN7 HP. Don't mind if I delate any slight data I mighthave added. Only concern is that if I do total upgrade the native software on laptop wil be erased.DK ...Been awhile since I did either type of OS upgrade.
Anyhow, the real problem is how to do any kind of upgrade without the Administrative Passsword.
The "hint" is quizzical and may take hundreds/thousands trials to unraval. Need to get this running quick. ThankS
March 27th, 2012, 02:28 PM #2
Reload the Vista backup and you'll probably get a chance to regain access to the admin profile... Then upgrade.Imagine a world where dogs took bad owners to the pound...
March 27th, 2012, 06:00 PM #3
I'm not sure I'll be be able to do that. I'm still stuck at the USER type PASSWORD stage.
How do I get to the Vista Backup/Recover OS which is on a "D" Partition ?
Also, if I recall correctly, when you load an Upgrade disk, the computer asks you for the Administrator password before you can proceed.
This Laptop was brand new at the time I purchased it 'Open Box' and I don't recall creating a Backup disk back then. I was in CA at the time (on the road) which is probably why I created a password protected USER.
March 27th, 2012, 06:05 PM #4
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What is the make and model of the laptop? Usually you have to hit an F key like F11 before the regular boot screen to start the recovery.
You could try the upgrade first and see where you get. Then if you actually do need to do the recovery and re-install you'd know. You could also try thiss tool and resetting the current password Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
March 27th, 2012, 06:53 PM #5
March 27th, 2012, 08:36 PM #6
What occurs to me....
This morning whe I first tried to use the laptop after about one n' half years of non-use, I heard a churning sound and the screen was grey.
I thought this might be a sign of an impending or near future hard drive burn-out which would make the lappy virtually DOA--except it was purchased so long ago.
Anyway, the screen showed an "OS REPAIR OPERATION--THIS Will Take Several Minutes. It Will Start and Start several Times" Message which looked like a software bootup problem.
Anyway, it soon got to the USER screen with only one user which I now wonder if it's suspicious. Does it require at least two users to be password protected as an Adsministrator? Maybe I'm just assuming administrator status...can this be checked ?
Anyhow, one posibility is to have the hardrive replaced. DK how much that will cost but considering large hi-rez screen and blu-ray and good sound may be worth it. I wanted to give this to the CATT as a Desktop Replacement.
Another concern is that a virus got to it. Perhaps I didn't use it in CA because I didn't have security ware and other anti-malware. Besides the problem with the SW above, the hint for the USER referenced me to an old Desktop's "User".
I just put that Desktop back into use and checked the password and it was correct. In other words, why should I even be having problems with the password? Could the Password on Laptop have been messed with by a virus or some other software glitch, perhaps even hardware driven? Can a password go otherwise badd without having been forgotten? I will look into RicheemX suggested site nevertheless. ThanX.
PS. I checked the price and a 500G SATAIII 7200 rpm HDD would cost $135. Acess is easy.
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