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Old 04-19-2015, 02:02 AM   #1
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Angry I need some help logging on to windows 8.1 and nobody knows the password

I need to get into a laptop I got for my daughter at a yard sale. The people it belonged to did not have a clue what the password is. Can someone tell me how I can get into the system so I can load a linux OS into it? Any advise, instruction or lead me in the right direction would more than be appreciated.

Thanks - John Henry
Old 04-19-2015, 02:10 AM   #2
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Probably stolen ...

Just boot from a CD/USB install disk and wipe/install.
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If you want to preserve the Windows install, then I have successfully used ntpasswd.
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Originally Posted by descendant_command View Post
Probably stolen ...

Welcome to the forum

If you have any reason to suspect that it is stolen, I would encourage you, before doing anything to it, to give your local police department a call and see if anyone's reported it stolen and has provided the exact serial number or any other identifying number.

Otherwise, you shouldn't need anything to wipe the hard drive and install a Linux OS, unless the BIOS is password protected. That's a whole different story...



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