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Windows 2000 Professional - lost password
November 12, 2018
11:48 am
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Peter Sonksen
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Hello – I want to reactivate an old Toshiba Protege laptop that I haven’t used for >15 years and (of course) I’ve forgotten the Windows password and need to hack my way in and remove password requirement (I’m retired now) – how best to do this?

Peter

November 12, 2018
12:28 pm
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I have used several password reset tools over the years. 

Most of them require you to create a boot image on a USB drive and will reset the Admin password. 

Here is a step-by-step procedure. 

https://opensource.com/article…..word-linux

Let us know if this works for you.

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November 12, 2018
12:36 pm
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Thank you quick reply – the Toshiba won’t allow a USB for the boot image – it will have to be a CD/DVD?

November 12, 2018
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Are you sure there isn’t a setting in the BIOS to allow booting from USB? I have created a DVD boot disk with the files, too. That tends to be a bit more involved and depending on how you create the disk, not as reliable. 

Not knowing what your plans are for that old computer, I think you are opening a can of worms.

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November 14, 2018
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The BIOS shows several options but no sign of USB

I just want to get some data off the computer onto my current desktop

I might try local PC store?

November 14, 2018
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Another possibility is to pull the hard drive out of the old computer and put it into a drive enclosure that will connect to your new computer via USB.  I’ve done that a lot. You get access to your old data and you get a spare portable drive. That’s what a lot of local repair shops would do.

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