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Windows 7 can't login

I have been gave a PC laptop which has Windows 7 Professional as the operating system. My problem is I don't have the password to login.

I don't need anything of the files on the laptop, I just need to get it working. How do I do this?

Another problem is I don't have the original cd / dvd to reinstall the operating system. So my questions are...

Can I get passed the password login with out reinstalling the operating system?

If I need to re-install the operating system I assume I just need to buy cd / dvd to re-install from or can I just download the operating system and do it via a external hard drive, etc.
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We tell people how to break into computers now?
> We tell people how to break into computers now?

Only if it's legal and legitimate. For example, suppose you forgot your own password on a machine that you use sporadically...believe it or not, it happens. In my case, I purchased a W7 Pro laptop on eBay (with a COA sticker), which was sent to me with password-protected logins, but without the passwords! I wrote to the seller numerous times asking for the passwords, but he never replied. That was when I discovered PogoStick. Perfectly legitimate, don't you think? Regards, Joe
I still think it's better to restore a machine to factory defaults.   If you have been given a PC by someone else, you will not need any of the data that remains and you will have the opportunity to set the machine up as you see fit.   Instead of having to clean out all the junk you don't want.
"Only if it's legal and legitimate."
How does one know the poster's intent?
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> How does one know the poster's intent?

I choose to believe that posters here are behaving in a legal, legitimate fashion, unless behavior to the contrary appears in their posts. My experience in three years here with the EE community has given me a great deal of respect for the capabilities and integrity of the members. Regards, Joe
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Thanks all for your help! However in the end I did not need to do any of the suggestions as believe it or not I guessed the password. It was "pa55word"! I wonder how many people in the world use this! ha ha

joewinograd - Thank you for also defending my reasons for this request. And yes my reasons are legal and legitimate. It's a shame that people like "paulmacd" immediately think the worst of people. The information that has been shared is openly available on the internet anyway! I have simply been passed on a company laptop from a colleague that has left the business and is no longer contactable. I'm sure that happens quite often!
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You're welcome. Glad you got it sorted without any effort. That's good guessing! :)   Regards, Joe