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Can’t for the life of me get into my Windows Vista computer?

by octohobbit / March 24, 2018 3:16 PM PDT

So, here’s the deal. When I was nine I received a Dell Inspiron 1545, and it worked wonderfully. Now I’m eighteen and I want to get into it again because I need a VM. So today I tried to get back into it and I don’t know the password at all. I can’t access anything through it and I’ve tried out every tutorial on the internet that covers it. I also just finished CS50 with Harvard to get my technology certification, and if my ******* can’t figure it out, I feel like nobody can. I’m frustrated, hopeless, and ready to rip my head off.

Here’s a YouTube video that I made for further detail.

Thank you so much!

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Clarification Request
You just want a VHD file off this computer?

Boot a LIVE DVD from a linux distribution and use it's file manager to find all the files you wish to save to other media like a USB flash drive.

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I think you're spamming your YouTube.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / March 24, 2018 3:51 PM PDT

So locking this thread..

Post was last edited on March 24, 2018 3:52 PM PDT

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No problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2018 3:59 PM PDT
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Part 2. Boot loop?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2018 4:03 PM PDT
In reply to: No problem.

Since no safe mode or such works, the OS is likely too damaged to use these common tricks.

Or you left USB sticks plugged in (NOTHING PLUGGED IN TO FIX THAT) or there's been a change to the machine like new RAM or the HDD is from another PC.

-> ALL THAT ASIDE you can run a VM in Linux so it may be time for Linux if you lost this laptop's factory recovery media.

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by Dafydd Forum moderator / March 24, 2018 4:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Part 2. Boot loop?

I see it was unlocked without notification.

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I watched the video and it seems OK.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2018 4:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Oh.

I checked their other posts and this came up as a single.

Did they post on a lot of forums?

So far we don't have a feature to alert on lock and unlocks.

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A simple reply...
by Dafydd Forum moderator / March 24, 2018 4:25 PM PDT

to my post in the thread would have clarified it. That would have been an alert.

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If I overstepped something
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2018 4:28 PM PDT
In reply to: A simple reply...

I'll apologize but I had the page up unlocked and had a reply in and later bombed and then I saw your post. Any how. The youtube looks OK so far. Shame they have to deal with a blown OS though.

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Thank you Bob.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / March 24, 2018 4:35 PM PDT

Yeah it looks OK now I've seen it. But smelt of spam wiihout reading it.
My fault.

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Why not call a Mulligan?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2018 5:05 PM PDT
In reply to: Thank you Bob.

Just delete a few posts and it never happened.

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Second IDEA.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2018 4:29 PM PDT

Did ANYONE, even unbeknownst to you change the SATA MODE?

I've seen this failure and tracked it back to the owner tinkering with BIOS SATA settings.

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