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Hi all.

 

I've dug out an old laptop that I want to give to a friend, but I can't remember my password. Burnt Windows Password Recovery to a USB Drive. When I put it in the old laptop, and got it to boot from USB drive, I just get a blank screen with a Smiley Face in the top left hand corner, by the cursor. Any keys I press just adds another Smiley Face. I can't find the same problem happening to anyone else on Google, so I'm quite confused. It is a Samsung R519 running on Windows 7.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

SOD'EM


 

 

If all else fails, kick them where it hurts and SOD'EM;)

 

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Probably just as easy to format it Sodem...at least all your personal data will be removed also ?

 

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It never came with a disk Andy, Windows 7 was pre-installed. I have System Image Disks which I have used previously, but the laptop can't read them for some reason. There are no System Restore points either. It says to press F4 on start up for 'Recovery', but that seems fruitless as well :(


 

 

If all else fails, kick them where it hurts and SOD'EM;)

 

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Reboot in safe mode [f8]

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Leave password blank

 

Or use the Hirons boot disc


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You have a number of options.

 

1) Use Offline NT Password Reset - https://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/ and there are many videos on YouTube that show you how to use the tool.

 

2) Use Hirens BootCD and some of the various tools on there to reset the password for the user account.

 

3) Completely reinstall Windows. You can download a fresh copy of Windows 7 and then use Rufus https://rufus.akeo.ie/ to load the image to a USB Key and boot from this. Then visit the Samsung Website and download all the drivers and install these once finished.

 

If you did a complete reinstall, it would be as if the Laptop was fresh from the factory and would have removed personal data. If you want to make sure this cannot be recovered I would recommand running DBAN https://dban.org/ on the hard drive and doing a minimum 3 Pass Wipe but ideally 7. This will take many hours to complete so could be left to be done overnight.


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Reboot in safe mode [f8]

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Leave password blank

 

Or use the Hirons boot disc

 

The bug is now fixed and not available in default. just tested on a Win 7 laptop

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