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Happy with my Windows 10 on an old machine I thought I put it on another old machine I have lying around.

It is currently on XP but keeps asking me for my password. That I do not remember anymore as it is many moons ago I used the machine and there is no administrator I can ask. There is a product key sticker on it.

Thoughts on how to get it going again? many thanks
Last time I did this I think I used ophcrack. There are many many such utilities around.
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolso...ssrecovery.htm

I used to have a boot CD and a Diskette (remember them) just for doing this on XP, but I haven't used them in years.
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Re: Windows 10

Thanks, I tried that but doesn't work as it is Administrator protected. I emailed my old Administrator of the time if he can help.

Its an old laptop left over form my own company that no longer exists. At the time it was a good idea to protect all data (still is a good idea) but is not helping me now. I can't throw away a laptop that is still good but not accessible.
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Thanks, I tried that but doesn't work as it is Administrator protected. I emailed my old Administrator of the time if he can help.

Its an old laptop left over form my own company that no longer exists. At the time it was a good idea to protect all data (still is a good idea) but is not helping me now. I can't throw away a laptop that is still good but not accessible.
Do you mean that the disk is encrypted?
Sure you're trying to work with the local admin account (vs the domain admin)?

Try:
http://www.hirensbootcd.org/resetting-windows-password/

I am trying to remember a relatively simple method to give a non admin user admin membership, IIRC it was a just a registry edit.
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Thanks, I tried that but doesn't work as it is Administrator protected. I emailed my old Administrator of the time if he can help.

Its an old laptop left over form my own company that no longer exists. At the time it was a good idea to protect all data (still is a good idea) but is not helping me now. I can't throw away a laptop that is still good but not accessible.
I answered to JoeUS. Will have a try this evening with the links of JagW!

Many thanks!
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Old 19.08.2016, 16:54
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dont think xp can be updated to 10
There are cases of unscrupulous people who download a cracked win7 installation iso, install that, then follow the free update path.

But I thought the free upgrade path is done and dusted?
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Old 20.08.2016, 12:41
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Re: Windows 10

I suspect that the video card on my Toshiba u920t just gave up the ghost, I went to adjust the screen angle and it went blank. Various monkey input attempt to shut it down seems to have locked it into a hibernate cycle.

So I pulled out my old Vista machine.

Does anyone know if there is an RDP client for Vista that will attach to Win10? The existing one won't.

Failing that, what about remote eventviewer?

I can see and browse the shares from Vista, so the Win10 box is running and connected, I would just like to see if the screen off issue is a hardware or a software one before I start taking it apart.
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I suspect that the video card on my Toshiba u920t just gave up the ghost, I went to adjust the screen angle and it went blank. Various monkey input attempt to shut it down seems to have locked it into a hibernate cycle.

So I pulled out my old Vista machine.

Does anyone know if there is an RDP client for Vista that will attach to Win10? The existing one won't.

Failing that, what about remote eventviewer?

I can see and browse the shares from Vista, so the Win10 box is running and connected, I would just like to see if the screen off issue is a hardware or a software one before I start taking it apart.
Just keep your finger pressed down on the power button for a few seconds and it will fully power off.
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Old 20.08.2016, 13:26
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Just keep your finger pressed down on the power button for a few seconds and it will fully power off.
Been there, done that. The u920t is a bit different - I had a similar problem with it not doing a full shutdown back with 8.1. The damned thing also has no reset button.
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Old 20.08.2016, 13:37
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Does anyone know if there is an RDP client for Vista that will attach to Win10? The existing one won't.
Try Royal TS, I use it for Windows, Linux and Mac.
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There are cases of unscrupulous people who download a cracked win7 installation iso, install that, then follow the free update path.

But I thought the free upgrade path is done and dusted?
upgrade is still possible but you need a little workaround (but not for Vista)
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Old 20.08.2016, 16:30
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Does anyone know if there is an RDP client for Vista that will attach to Win10? The existing one won't.

Failing that, what about remote eventviewer?

I can see and browse the shares from Vista, so the Win10 box is running and connected, I would just like to see if the screen off issue is a hardware or a software one before I start taking it apart.
RDP from older OS do Wind 10 would work if you first configured it to accept "less secure..."

For the second question, sure there is such capability. Have you heard about the mmc applets:
http://www.primemsp.com/content/msc_Shortcuts.aspx

For checking the events remotely, just start eventvwr.msc and from the Action menu choose Connect to another computer. Exact menu names depends on your language of course.
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upgrade is still possible but you need a little workaround (but not for Vista)
You just need to visit this link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/acce...ndows10upgrade

There are no checks for assistive tech being installed/enabled.
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Do you mean that the disk is encrypted?
Sure you're trying to work with the local admin account (vs the domain admin)?

Try:
http://www.hirensbootcd.org/resetting-windows-password/

I am trying to remember a relatively simple method to give a non admin user admin membership, IIRC it was a just a registry edit.
Thanks!

yes, I think the disk is encrypted. No problem for the data as it is obsolete.

This hirensbootcd. is it safe to use?
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Old 21.08.2016, 12:35
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Thanks!

yes, I think the disk is encrypted. No problem for the data as it is obsolete.

This hirensbootcd. is it safe to use?
As long as you download it from the link I posted, yes.
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As long as you download it from the link I posted, yes.
done all of that but the USB stick is not booting. Got a blinking DOS dot in a black screen. The solution given in the FAQ is also not working... arghhh so close... retrying to format with the formatting tool provided gives USB drive write-protected...
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done all of that but the USB stick is not booting. Got a blinking DOS dot in a black screen. The solution given in the FAQ is also not working... arghhh so close... retrying to format with the formatting tool provided gives USB drive write-protected...
Will that laptop boot from USB?

This is sometimes bothersome, I used to use the HP USB Disk storage Format tool

http://www.chip.de/downloads/HP-USB-..._23418669.html

The USB disks sometimes use partitioning schemes that mean that you can't wipe the drive just by formatting, you need to get rid of the (hidden) partitions wipe the USB drive:

http://superuser.com/questions/53681...on-a-usb-drive

I am sure there are utilities to do all this with a GUI.
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Will that laptop boot from USB?

This is sometimes bothersome, I used to use the HP USB Disk storage Format tool

http://www.chip.de/downloads/HP-USB-..._23418669.html

The USB disks sometimes use partitioning schemes that mean that you can't wipe the drive just by formatting, you need to get rid of the (hidden) partitions wipe the USB drive:

http://superuser.com/questions/53681...on-a-usb-drive

I am sure there are utilities to do all this with a GUI.
Thank you Jag!

I changed the BIOS to boot from USB. So far so good. Then the DOS screen with blinking dot meaning USB is not triggered to start (I think). It must be something with the USB stick and will try again. I did try the HP Disk Storage Tool but will try and try again.

I am sure there was an external CD/DVD drive in one of the boxes in the cellar but can't find it for now. While searching I did find another old Dell that does not startup but hangs with the mouse pointer in the middle of a black screen. Windows is corrupt on that one I think but I got it running on XP mini provided on the Hirens bootCD. Thanks again for that link (still figuring out how best to use this nice tool)

Most of my tools come from www.filehippo.com. Safe environment for downloads
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Old 22.08.2016, 11:27
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Most of my tools come from www.filehippo.com. Safe environment for downloads
In general I try only to use tools which come directly from the author's own website. I also google search for "utility name trojan virus" and scan any new downloads with my virus scanner. So far I've never picked up a virus myself, or a trojan, or even adware. Some utilities mess about with adding Yahoo or such as the search engine, but you can usually deselect this during the install if you actually read the installation messages.

The Boot and Rescue environments have saved my bacon a few times.
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