Solved

Recover windows 7 password?

Posted on 2010-11-10
3
381 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
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?
0
Comment
Question by:FusionBeyond
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
3 Comments
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 34108188
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.

 ... Thinkpads_User
0
 

Expert Comment

by:escadavid
ID: 34108934
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.
0
 
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

by:
acl-puzz earned 500 total points
ID: 34109207
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.
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If you get continual lockouts after changing your Active Directory password, there are several possible reasons.  Two of the most common are using other devices to access your email and stored passwords in the credential manager of windows.
By default the complete memory dump option is disabled in windows . If we want to enable the complete memory dump for a diagnostic purpose, we have a solution for it. here we are using the registry method to enable this.
This Micro Tutorial will give you a introduction in two parts how to utilize Windows Live Movie Maker to its maximum capability. This will be demonstrated using Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7 operating system.
If you’ve ever visited a web page and noticed a cool font that you really liked the look of, but couldn’t figure out which font it was so that you could use it for your own work, then this video is for you! In this Micro Tutorial, you'll learn yo…

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question