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I have a Lenovo thinkpad that is a couple of years old. I

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I have a Lenovo thinkpad that is a couple of years old. I tried to log on today and it asks for a password ***** I never used a password ***** There is no password ***** so it is useless to me now. How can I fix it or restore it? I tried to restore but it asked for a password ***** as well. the listed users were me, Homegruop$, and Aspnet.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 1 year ago.

Hello, and Thank You for choosing JustAnswer.com
My name is ***** ***** I am reviewing your question now, please stand by for 1 or 2 minute for reply.

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 1 year ago.

You might be able to fix it......but its going to be a doozy, if I have to instruct you, as if you make any mistakes, or miss somethign, you can render the laptop a paperweight, until you can get it to a tech for repair.

So, first things first.

What is your version of Windows?

Win7, or Win8, or Win10?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
7
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 1 year ago.

Oky, thank you .

Give me just a few minutes to pull the instructions for RESETING your password. YOu cant recover the password.....you can oNLY reset it.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 1 year ago.

So the process to RESET a Windows 7 Account Password ***** ***** a HACK.

Its OUT SIDE THE NORMAL operating procedure. Its not a recommended thing to EVER do.

I mean, if you are physically AT the computer.....then you UST be the owner. And that is how we will approach this.

It requires you to be physically AT THAT COMPUTER to be able to reset the Win7 password.

So the first steps coming up

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's my PC and I am in front of it.
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 1 year ago.

we will have to continue tomorrow....emergency came up....gotta run.

Sorry for the delay. I was just now able to get bck to you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just turn it over to other experts
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Hi. My name is***** you for your question and the opportunity to assist.

Can you tell me the model number of the Thinkpad?

Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Hi. My name is***** you for your question and the opportunity to assist.

Can you tell me the model number of the Thinkpad and I can give instuctions

specific to your model.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I won't return home for another 1 1/2 hours but I can provide it then.
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Ok, thanks. I'll be online then.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
T520
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. Please follow these steps.

Start with the laptop turned off.

Power it on and immediately begin tapping the F11 at the top of the keyboard

about once per second. If you see the recovery screen or if you hear beeps, stop pressing F11

and the Rescue and Recovery workspace should open after a brief delay.

You'll have the option to Rescue Files or Restore your System.

Please let me know when you get to this stage.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm there.
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. At this point if there are files you want to save you can use the Rescue option. You'll need

some type of storage such as an external hard drive or some DVD disks or a flash drive.

If that isn't necessary proceed with the Restore your System option.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Recovery was not an option with F11. It comes up with F8 I believe.
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

With F11 you should have gotten to Rescue and Recovery. What came up when you used that key?

Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Pressing F8 at startup should bring up the advanced boot menu.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
F11 doesn't do anything unless I force a shutdown. Then it came up with safe mode, etc. no repair.
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Hold down the power button to turn the laptop off (about 4 -5 seconds)

Turn it back on and start tapping F8. Does it bring up the recovery screen?

If so tell me your options please.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Repair your computer
Safe mode
Enable boot logging
Last known good config
Directory services restore
Debugging
Disable auto restart
Enable low resolution
Disable driver signature enforcement
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Select Repair your Computer.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It asks for a password. Available accounts are aspnet, homegroupuser$, or vifadmin (me)
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Select your username and leave the password ***** empty.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Says username or password ***** *****
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Hold down power to turn it off.

Turn it back on and tap F11 this time as soon as you start it and let me

know what screen you get.

As long as this is the original hard drive in the machine and Windows has never been

re-installed on it you should get to the Rescue and Recovery screen.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
F11 gives me launch startup repair
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Now it offers restore
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Ok. That's good new. Select Restore

Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

I knew there was a delay but didn't think it would take this long.

Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

If your prompted to make choices and you're not sure which to choose let me know what they are.

You may be asked which partition to install Windows to.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There were no options, it was only startup repair. It said attempting repairs and then restarted.
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Was this computer purchased new?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

Do you have a computer you can use to do this: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ss/ophcracksbs.htm

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can tomorrow
Expert:  Byron replied 1 year ago.

OK. I'm more than happy to help you do this so let me know and I'll work on it with you.