Dell laptop with windows 8

I was given a Dell laptop with touchscreen feature. The person who gave it to me is a child who got a new one for Christmas and he discarded it. Thing is. He added a password which he has forgotten. He also doesn't use that email anymore. His mother never touched it so knows nothing. I am a college student and it would be so awesome if I didn't have to spend my housing money on a laptop. Please, help.

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The usual ways.

Google "utilman.exe trick" to boot any W8.x to W10 USB or DVD media to create a new login.

Google "Microsoft Media Creation Kit to make W10 USB or DVD media." You don't need W8 for the Utilman.exe trick.

Sorry but I do not know of a no money way. You must have the blank DVD or USB stick. Cheaper than a service counter or ordering factory recovery media. Once you get back in you MUST backup the HDD since if the OS fails, you can't fix it for free as today I can't find Dell's W8 restore media for free downloads.

Plan ahead. Save big bucks.

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Thanks for the explanation

So if i were to buy a new, what? Probably 16g blank drive? And download a "key" I should, i theory, be able to get it unlocked?

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I think you didn't google as I wrote.

There is no key to buy. I would get some USB memory stick since making DVDs is getting hard on folk.

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