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How do I find my empowering technology password - acer / vista ?

I am formatting my pc and setting it to factory default by entering ALT + F10 repeatedly but then it asks me for the my empowering technology password.  How do I find that?

I have windows vista.  and my laptop is acer aspire.

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JP
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When you first got this laptop it did suggest you create special recovery DVD with Vista backup on it. At the same time it suggested setting up a pass. Did you do that?
Try to remember the pass you set. Or previous owner did. Otherwise no way to recover it to factory settings. You will have to call Acer for help.
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Hi noxcho,

I found:


Option #1
Acronis Disk Director to show app partion, and I was amased that this prog was able to alter the AIMDRS.DAT file on the fly, BTW file was located in root of PQSERVICE disc.


Option #2...
Booted with Ubuntu 7.10 Live Cd.
Browsed to PQSERVICE hidden partition.
Opened "aimsdrs.dat" with text editor. (in root folder not "tools")
and "password" PD= "____" and "hint" HD="____"
are given and can be edited.

I can get these softwares but what is your take on it.  I need to see the hidden partion.  Do you think it will work?

Thanks,
JP
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I will check it right now.
It will take 22 min.  Will you be around.  I will probably need your help to know how to initiate the search. Thanks, JP
noxcho:

It is asking me if I want to burn the image to the cd or a file.  Which one do I choose?

Thanks,
JP
I decided to save it to a file.  Now how do I find this precious spot where the password resides...?

Thanks,
JP
I think I am supposed to see something like the 1st image I uploaded below I clicked on the link as shown in picture #2, but I do not know how to access it the menue showed in image #1.  

PIcture 3 shows how the file looks after I download it.  

Picture 4 shows how it looks when I click it to run the application.. It looks nothing like image #1.

Any advise?

Thanks,
JP


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Hi Noxcho.

Will try that.  I need to go and by a CD.

Thanks,
JP
Can I do this from a USB external drive upon boot.  I saw in my set up menu, that it mentioned USB key, and two other USB options.

Please advise.
JP
Ok noxcho:

I am stuck again.  I insert the disk in my laptop and a pop up automatically appears.  Autoplay and and then it has a section that says blank cd options.  This is triggered by the CD.

When I just click on the paragon software, it does not get the cd burner to make noise, or work.  When I copy it to the PC it copies it as a Rar.  Is there a way to change the settings to change the PC to work with CD burner when I do it through the program you recommend?

Thanks,
JP
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Nox,

I had read the file under c and looked under C when I copied but I noticed something weird.  So I copied it to my external drive and was able to see it once I ran windows normally.  So the problem is solved....  I got the pppppppaasswwwwoordd.  I am excited.

Thanks, tremendously.  Juan Peralta
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Could someone please tell me where the aimsdrs.dat file is located from the picture attached?

Model: Acer Aspire 4310
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andysross,

I am no pro, the program allowed me to do a search of that specific file.  If you do not have a search function then I would look in the C drive and I believe the file was there, when you look down the list.

So to get to the C Drive perhaps click on my PC and you should see an option for that.

Good luck and good night.

JP
I think the D: drive is your system drive which is assigned C: normally in Windows. So look for the file on D: drive in File Transfer Wizard.
Let me say, the easiest of all solutions was to boot from Ubuntu.. Thanks Easycapital...

Tim
Thanks, Tim.  The other guys were extremely helpful.