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recover_files_from_a_dead_computer [2016/08/30 08:35]
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recover_files_from_a_dead_computer [2016/08/30 08:48] (current)
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 From the Boot menu, choose **Mini Windows XP**. Yes, you want Mini Windows XP even if you are working on a Windows 7 or better computer. It will take a minute or so, but you will get a screen like this:\\ From the Boot menu, choose **Mini Windows XP**. Yes, you want Mini Windows XP even if you are working on a Windows 7 or better computer. It will take a minute or so, but you will get a screen like this:\\
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-Welcome to HiRens. ​Click on the HBCD Menu icon. It has the little wrench on it. The menu doesn'​t look like much. Click on **Programs** and then **Passwords and Keys** and then, Windows Login. Choose ​ NTPWEdit. Notice the path to the SAM file. Click on reopen. If you do not see a list of user names, use the file explorer to find the right drive letter for the hard drive of the computer you are working on. It is possible that HiRens has given a different drive letter to your hard drive than you were expecting. If so, change just the drive letter in the path to the SAM file and reopen again.\\ + 
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-You should see list of the users on the computer.\\+Click on Network Setup and connect to your network. Now click on Click on either the File Manager, My Computer, or, Total Commander in the Programs > Browsers?​File Managers section of the Program Launcher. My Computer will look just like My Computer under Windows XP. Open connection to a network share. You will need the credentials for that network. The alternative would be to connect an USB drive and find it in the File Manager. Now, find the file(s) you are looking for. It is possible that HiRens has not given the hard drive the same drive letter you are used to. That is, the C: drive may not be the C: drive anymore. Look at the size of the drives. Copy the files you need to the Network share or USB drive.\\
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-Click on the user name you want to change ​the password ​on. Enter new password and save\\ +Nicely, HiRens runs outside of the version of Windows installed ​on the computer. It will bypass most user restrictions on the drives. It will also run just fine on a computer with a corrupt operating system
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-No Really, it is that simple.\\ +
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-Now reboot (HiRens has a Reboot and Eject option built in for you) and try out your new password.\\+