This is a bit of a story, so please bear with me!
My sister died a few months ago, and we have her laptop, which may contain images of her children and or family photos, as well as important documents.
The problem is this: Her Windows 7 user account is a password protected admin account and there is only a normal guest account.
There is a password hint and we tried hundreds of guesses...lol
I can't re-install windows because there is also a password on the bios that won't let me boot from USB / DVD, or use the laptop's built-in recovery stuff.
A friend took the laptop apart, but cannot find any way to reset the BIOS, and I scoured the net trying to find a way around this (trying default passwords etc.) with no luck.
However, we have a plan - We removed the hard drive and I will plug it into my PC and boot with a Linux Live CD to remove documents (Hopefully not encrypted or anything like that lol), and will therefore have an opportunity to install windows (I have an OEM disk, and the key is on the bottom of the laptop).
What I don't want, though, is for Windows to detect my hardware and install drivers etc. while the hard drive is connected to my PC.
Is there a way to either copy the setup to the HDD and install, or start the install in my PC and return the hard drive to the laptop to complete?
Any other options? I imagine that setup could read from the DVD drive, just not boot from it.
Any suggestions are most warmly welcomed!
Best Answer Clirion , 20 December 2013 - 13:06
Anyone think that flashing the bios will remove the password?
I don't think it is still under warranty.
This is the only thing from the original post left to do - I have all the data I wanted, and have installed and updated Windows 7 on it (With the original key).
Also, there is no recovery partition now. Not my fault. It just sort of 'fell off'...lol
Having said this, I have a recovery image of the fresh installation, so this BIOS password can stay. I don't care - I don't want yet another damn computer to maintain anyway. Download those "Blah blah.mp3.EXE" files anyone...? lol
Bloody people won't listen to me. And tracks are only 79 pence on Amazon...
Anyway, thanks for all the suggestions from you all to help me get the files and re-install.
Very much appreciated.
Flashing the BIOS will not remove the password. There is also the possiblity that you will need that password to flash the BIOS. The only supported way is to take it into a Packard Bell service center.
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