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Laptop stolen... how easy is it to hack past a Windows password?

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Someone I know had their laptop stolen, and all they had was a Windows password on it. The HD was not encrypted. Is it easy for someone to get passed the Windows password and get to the data? Is cracking the Windows password necessary to do that, or is the fact that the HD is not encrypted make it easy to steal the data without the need to crack the password?
post #2 of 9
Easy.
Very easy.
Easiest on windows 7.
    
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Anything up to Windows 8 can be incredibly easy to bypass passwords.
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Personally I would just remove the hard drive and get to the data on the drive, but it's not that hard to get past windows.
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post #5 of 9
It depends on how smart the person who stole it is, in my experience thieves are thick and cannot do anything such as cracking a password.
It may be easy for people like us but for everyone else not so much.
But then again google is a powerful tool
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post #6 of 9
Easy. A quick search on google gave me a whole bunch of results, most of them involving booting a 3rd party program from cd/usb.
post #7 of 9
windows 7 is by far the easiest that i have come up against. there is a lot of information out there telling people how to get around resetting password. if you have sensitive information on the laptop i would suggest putting a lot of resources trying to get it back.
post #8 of 9
This is why you lock the drive with a hard drive password in the BIOS. And if it has FDE built in, no one will get your data. Windows Passwords are just there for keeping family members out. Bitlocker is pretty pointless as well.
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post #9 of 9
I'm not going to describe the exact method for obvious causes (you can always PM me if you really want to know) but there's a very easy way to regain full access to a windows 7 system you don't know the password. I'll simply say it involves Linux and replacing a binary.
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