Recover windows 7 password?

An employee that no longer works with us formatted his work laptop, reinstalled windows 7 with his own password and lied to everyone about it.

We now need to gain access to this laptop to recover incriminating evidence, and enable the laptop for use by someone else. It is protected by a password. How can we go about gaining access to the laptop?
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acl-puzzConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi

Use these free tools.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/passrecovery.htm

i"ll suggest 2nd and 3rd option there but try 3rd one first up.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Boot it with a bootable CD and see if you can read the files you need from the disk.

If the employee formatted the computer and reinstalled Windows 7, you are not likely to find anything useful and may need a forensics company to read the disk.

If you need the computer for someone else, purchase a new hard drive and move on. Then work on data recovery (if any) from the old hard drive.

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escadavidCommented:
Hi there.

You can use a tool in a bootable CD to change this password like this: http://www.password-changer.com/download.htm or Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset (MSDART). The first one, is so easy to get and easy to use.

In order to recover the most files, you can use a recover tool like Scavenger  - http://www.quetek.com/download.htm

Hope it helps.
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