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1 hour ago, Sensei said:

Old license key is invalidated

Good point. Sorry, for some reason this benefit of online validation escaped me earlier. 

 

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On 2018/10/15 at 6:40 PM, nunzzio said:

is there other admin account associated with the computer?

Local accout  ,not any accounts .

On 2018/10/15 at 7:07 PM, studiot said:

No I used to do this regularly.

All you need is another device that can read the hard drive (unless it was hardware security locked to the particular computer it belongs in)

Taking the hard drive out and attaching it to another computer as an auxiliary drive is one way.
Obviously the other computer must be running an operating system that that read the directories.

To read wanted filesand even to copy them over, you may have to follow a convoluted proceedure to 'take ownership' using, Microsoft software as there may be security tokens attached to them.

 

Alternative you can obtain a linux disk or machine and bypass this problem.

You should be able to run the original computer directly from a linux rescue disk so you would not need another machine in that case.

 

Thank you again , i got it.

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I've done the external disk process many times to recover files. 

I'm not sure about Linux though. I would use a windows computer. I did it with UBUNTU linux once, and the files copied ok, but didn't work afterwards. I can't think why that would be, but it did happen. I went back, and used a windows pc, with the disk connected through USB and everything worked fine. Files copied ok and worked ok.

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On 2018/10/17 at 8:10 PM, mistermack said:

I've done the external disk process many times to recover files. 

I'm not sure about Linux though. I would use a windows computer. I did it with UBUNTU linux once, and the files copied ok, but didn't work afterwards. I can't think why that would be, but it did happen. I went back, and used a windows pc, with the disk connected through USB and everything worked fine. Files copied ok and worked ok.

Can files be restored after the system is reinstalled?

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2 hours ago, omaser said:

Can files be restored after the system is reinstalled?

If you copy the files to another disk. I keep all my personal files in one folder on my pc. If I lost the password as in the original post, I just have to remove the disk, connect it to another pc via an external USB setup, and copy that folder to the other pc. 

I can then wipe the original disk, put a new version of windows back on it, then take the disk out, connect it up again via the USB and copy the folder back over. Obviously you need to be careful and verify that your files are safely copied, before wiping the original disk. 

It will not work as a backup for system files, only personal files that you have saved. Your system files will get wiped when you re-install the operating system.

I save all my personal files to a personal folder on the c drive so I just have to copy c:/personal files and it's done. 

You can use this sort of setup to connect a 2.5 inch drive : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-To-SATA-External-HDD-SSD-Hard-Disk-Drive-Adapter-2-5-Converter-Lead-Cable/162983320703?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D52945%26meid%3D68247ffd9bd1428ebc177633f32df4e6%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D183344537176%26itm%3D162983320703&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 

For a 3.5 inch drive, I use this setup, with the drive powered from the pc power supply : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SATA-PATA-IDE-to-USB-2-0-Adapter-Converter-Cable-for-2-5-3-5-Hard-Disk-Drive-DVD/282932032783?hash=item41e010350f:g:lwMAAOSwXjBa2QJf:rk:12:pf:0  

You can buy a USB docking station that theoretically you just plug a 2.5 or 3.5 inch drive into, and connect it to a USB port. In my experience, they are fine for 2.5 inch drives, and smaller older 3.5 inch drives, but they don't have the power to support newer bigger 3.5 inch drives, so I use the above arrangement instead.

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The other important thing to say is that one should make regular backups. That way you can always recover your data if your computer breaks or is stolen or you accidentally delete something or ...

There are several products that will backup to the cloud continuously, which means you never need to think about it. I use one of these plus regular backups to external USB drives

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6 hours ago, Strange said:

The other important thing to say is that one should make regular backups.

Backing up the password is a start.  :) Might have saved a lot of trouble in this case. Unless the original poster bought a password-locked pc. I've had plenty from auctions in the past, but I've never had an interest in the files on the disk, so I just wipe the lot.

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As a computer repair shop owner, Here are a few tutorials that works for resetting/cracking/removing Windows login password. Actually, this happens pretty often among people and there is no a single solution that works for all the cases. Reference:

https://www.infopackets.com/news/9483/how-reset-any-password-windows-vista-7-8-10
https://www.androidphonesoft.com/resources/bypass-windows-10-7-8-password.html

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