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If the password is set in the BIOS, virtually all desktops let you reset
the password by pulling a button battery on the mainboard. (With some,
you must also short two pins, which would be documented in the manual or
in the maker's knowledge base.) I don't know whether this battery is
accessible in many laptops, but it's worth checking out.
The free "Ultimate Boot CD" (www.ultimatebootcd.com) has password
recovery features and much more.
For a Windows password, Cain & Abel (www.oxid.it) is free and effective,
though not exactly intuitive. Note that this program will trigger most
anti-malware tools, so you'll need to whitelist it before use. Some
anti-malware tools will quarantine it immediately on download. Ignore
the false positive - the program is NOT malware.
Windows Password Key is probably the easiest to use
(www.lostwindowspassword.com) and costs about $20.
BackTrack and its ilk would be major overkill, IMO.
On 23-May-10 11:56 AM, Keith Hood wrote:
> Has anyone ever used password recovery software? If so, do you have any recommendations or warnings? I have an old laptop that is perfectly usable but I can't remember the password.
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