So.....one of my employees just brought me a Lenovo computer with Win 8 on it that he inherited from his grandmother, it is locked (password-ed) and they do not know the password, they do not have any original install cds or documentation for the PC, obviously they want to use the computer and are curious as to what is on it..pics and such.
They think I'm some kind of computer geek with magical powers that can snap my fingers and unlock this PC for them...lol
So lets not disappoint them, how do I reset the password on Win 8 without any Win 8 media or buying a password recovery program? I haven't looked at the box yet and I'm assuming it's a local account not a MS account which they wouldn't have access to anyway, and before someone sez just ask grandma what it is we will need to make a call to the here-after since she is dead.
I guess I could boot it up with a Linux live CD and retrieve what they want off of it, they do have a OEM Win 7 CD that the license is no longer in use that as a last ditch effort I could wipe it and install that to get them something usable, but I'd like to get it operational as is for the street cred if you follow me...lol
It has a tag on the PC stating Win 8, but to be honest until I look at it tonight I have no idea, they do not know when the last time it was turned on or if automatic updates were turned on so it could have anything from Win 8 to Win 10 on it since I'm sure it has been updating when it was on because they are not the type to peek under the hood or tinker with any of the settings.
I haven't tested backwards comparability but it should work for Win7-10. If the architecture doesn't match tho, I think you'll need the generic password reset iso or will need to use the win10 x86 dart.
Burn it and boot to that. Under MSDOS tools (I think that's what it is called) there's an option called password removal or something along that lines. Follow the instructions under that and you can remove the password from the OS.