How to reset admin password with Guardianedge encryption
Posted on 2011-04-25
I have a very old laptop that is on it's last leg. There is software installed on this laptop that I no longer have the disks or keys for, so reinstallation to a fresh system is not an option, I must move this installation to new hardware.
The laptop is encrypted with Guardianedge so I made a raw sector-by-sector image with Acronis and then installed on new computer. Worked perfectly. Except for one little problem.
On first login on the new system the OS (Windows XP SP3) began to recognize and install drivers for the new hardware at which time I was prompted for the Administrator password. Which I don't remember.
I have my user password for Guardianedge and my user account password, but I don't recall the admin passwords for either. It's been nearly 5 years since I've needed them.
I can't decrypt the drive so, typical password reset options won't work. And I don't know the admin password so I can't install the drivers on the new system. I'm stuck.
How can I reset the admin password in this situation? I really don't have $3500 for new software licences, please help!