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  • Started 5 years ago by pef85
  • Latest reply from jack7h3r1pp3r
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pef85
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what is the best way to use an old laptop that has an old work network on it (when it first turns on it goes to log in screen < &dont have username or password any more)

Posted 5 years ago
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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

Well, first you have to get past the password. You can try any of those programs.

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_.....ssword.htm
http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/

If nothing helps, you could install e.g. Linux on it. Burn an ISO file with another PC of e.g. DSL (Damn Small Linux) and try that.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
Posts: 2815

Knoppix is another good linux distro to try and do the same as whs has suggested

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0zSpitt
0zSpitt
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whs, that's exactly what i would do, install linux. ive been looking for a used computer to put ubuntu on because dual booting with 2 different formats kind of trashes a hard drive/operating system

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
Posts: 2815

you could use wubi and not have to have different partions i just used it today to put ubuntu on my laptop :) it work like a charm i will consider using it over a dual boot from now on.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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pef85,

If there is nothing on the HD you want to retrieve, then you can load any O/S you want right away on the laptop if you have a copy on a CD ie: Win2k, XP, Vista, Linux....IF the machine is (NOT) ancient and worn out (LOL). Also, you will need to download the drivers for the machine from the manufacturer's website and possibly have to make a slipstream CD according to which O/S you decide on. If the Bios is password protected, just open the case, remove the battery and default the RTL. The use of the laptop is up to you (LOL).

Regards,
Rick P.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
Posts: 2815

@raphoenix very well said :)

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