Forgotten password on old Toshiba.

  Govan1x 10:30 19 Jul 2019

Grandaughters old laptop must be about 10 years old. Toshiba satellite with Vista.

She just wants to see if any photos etc on it before we scrap it.

She has tried most of the passwords that she can remember without any luck.

Can open new user part of it and that's about all.

Any quick way of doing this without having to take the bottom off to remove the CMOS battery.

  bremner 10:56 19 Jul 2019

If it is the Windows password then removing the CMOS battery.

Hirens Boot disk can help with password removal click here

  bremner 10:57 19 Jul 2019

First sentence should end “won’t help”

  x13 11:47 19 Jul 2019

If it's that old then the hard drive should be easily accessible. Why not remove it and connect to another PC via caddy?

  x13 11:51 19 Jul 2019

Adding 'take ownership' to the context menu might be worth doing if you get any permissions issues, click here

  WhirlingRound 11:54 19 Jul 2019

First, please do not scrap the laptop. It might be 10 years old, but a forgotten password should not render it useless. I had a friend whose very similar laptop suffered the same fate, but I rescued it.

Windows password: I have tried hirens boot disk in the past, but have had mixed luck with it. Failing that try booting from a live Linux distro to see if you can access the folders where your GD's stuff is before rescuing your Windows install. Make at least 1 copy onto a data stick. Reinstalling all the apps that did not come with the laptop can be a real pain. Should Hirens work and I hope it does, great.

BIOS password: Shorting the CMOS jumpers is the only way to reset the password. If you don't fancy dismantling it, a computer repair specialist or knowledgeable (and generous) friend may help.

  x13 12:14 19 Jul 2019

I agree with WhirlingRound for not scrapping it. I was given an old Toshiba Satellite A350 that also has Vista on it. Scrapped the spinner and installed an SSD, added 4GB ram and bought Wn 10 to install. It's running the insider versions and running very well. So for a small investment got a fairly decent laptop. The speakers are harman/kardon with surprisingly good quality and volume.

  Govan1x 12:42 19 Jul 2019

Hi Lads get back to you shortly. I have visitors. Just moved home a little while back from a 3 bedroom to a 2 bedroom and a lot of things got dumped while we were away. Cant get a hold of any of my tools as they could be anywhere.

  Govan1x 14:04 19 Jul 2019


removing the CMOS wont help. is that what you mean.

  Govan1x 14:06 19 Jul 2019


PC via caddy. Will try that if I can find my caddy.

  Govan1x 14:09 19 Jul 2019


That was for W10 64 bit version. Will it still work on vista.

I don't want to install it on my W10 computer can it be sent straight to a CD or DVD.

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