QUOTE (jennyelmcrk @ 3-24-11, 5:10am)
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QUOTE (kas @ 3-23-11, 7:14pm)
QUOTE (jennyelmcrk @ 3-23-11, 6:55pm)
I can't ask the previous owner as it was left by the the renters(used loosely as they weren't paying the rent)and they skipped out.
If I recall my college law class correctly, left goods by the renters must be stored and secured for a year by the landlord. Given people talk, the gift from your friend should be known only between you and that person.http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/home.do
Go to the above website and do a search on the laptop model. Hopefully, the info provided will be a start
Thank you for your advice and suggestion. I went to that website but it was so over my head that it may as well have been in a long forgotten anchient language.
If this is the case, you won't be able to fix this problem yourself, as what you are trying to do is not a simple thing and is beyond your present skills. You'll probably want to consult with a friend or relative with greater computer skills to help you with it. Do be aware that it is possible to muck up the operating system on a computer (making it unusable) when doing this. If you are careful, it isn't likely to happen, but is possible.
And, as kas pointed out, there are legal issues involved. It would be the ultimate irony if the same folks that skipped out on paying you rent were given grounds to sue you because you damaged or altered their personal property. In my opinion, not worth the risk for an obviously obsolete computer (i.e. if it is running Windows 2000, it is almost certainly well past being obsolete).
That being said, there is software you can use to reset or change Windows passwords. Here are a few websites related to such packages:OphcrackOffline NT Password & Registry Editor, Bootdisk / CDPC Login Now