Win 7 asks password on boot up

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  1. Posts : 2,987
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro

    Hello, sorry for the issues you experienced so far, and I see why you need to use a CD instead of USB.
    According to your number 3 above, that is a little too weird (It's a regular login screen in Windows, right? Nothing stranger looking?) If so, it looks like somebody else had access to the computer, and made that account somehow.

    It could possibly be a hacker out there that locked your computer like so, yet if they did something like that, they would most likely have tried to contact you to ask you to pay them so they give you the password. Rule of thumb: Never EVER make a payment to a hacker to get a password to unlock your machine. They will keep asking for more and more money, and, most likely, never unlocking your computer, if they notice they can keep mining money off you.

    -> Ask if anyone you know may have accessed the computer and locked it.

    As another idea, you can salvage the files off it if you remove the drive, and attach it to another computer as a secondary drive (using an external encasement). Connect it in a Linux based OS (the boot CDs), so no hacks/viruses/etc don't accidentally get transferred to another Windows PC. And before transferring files, virus scan them.
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  2. Posts : 13
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    My rule is befoire you work on a PC you get the data safe....Did that....I pulled the HD out and slaved it to another machine.....moved data from the normal user folders......and did a full image on Macrium Reflect....and did not see any indication of another profile.....

    Client is a little old lady who doesn't know much about computer other than how to do what she uses computers for....She had not let someone else on it...

    Now I gotta admit I have not worked on W7 machines for a couple years or so........I BELIEVE the login screen is the normal Windows login screen......but I could be wrong...

    There is NO indication of asking for $$$$$....

    So at this point....client decided to get a new unless I can successfully upload the pix of the log in screen......I am going to call it "quits"......and junk it....

    - - - Updated - - -

    Here is the pix of the logon screen...
    My jpeg was too large...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Win 7 asks password on boot up-win-7-logon.jpg  
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  3. Posts : 17,040
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170

    1 If that was my computer then
    - "call daniel" would be there to mislead snoopers, to get them to think the number meant nothing
    - the number would be my own private code for the real password
    So you could try asking her if that was possible in her case.

    2 I steer clear of all these shenanigans by writing all user account passwords down somewhere secure yet accessible [just as I did with Windows 7]. There's an illustration at the end of my ditty - Create two spare local, password-protected Admin accounts [post #2] in Windows 10, 11 - TenForums
    I don't use Password reset disks as they are just something else to keep safe & secure. They are more expensive than a piece of paper & are harder to keep safe.
    But do ask her if she remembers making one.

    There are ways of bypassing that password login but you seem to have extracted all the necessary files from the computer anyway.
    See Option 5 Enable or Disable Built-in Elevated Administrator Account - TenForumsTutorials
    If I remember correctly, once the Buit-in Admin is enabled you'd force the computer to a login screen showing every account by holding down the Shift key as it booted. But I haven't used Windows 7 for almost eight years.
    Then you'd be able to log in to the [password-less] BiA and use it to create a new Admin account & to reset the password of the problem account.

    Best of luck,
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  4. Posts : 2,987
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro

    Is your client from the South Bay Area in California?

    I used to live in the South Bay Area too. I kept my 408 number.
    If the lady lives in the South Bay Area as well, then most likely Daniel is a real person. You can try calling Daniel if you want
    (if possible, after seeing the image, you could edit the image and remove the number so ...random trolls won't try to call the number asking for Nancy's password.)
    Call Daniel and say you're working on her computer, he can confirm by calling her. You can definitely get the password as long as the correct steps are taken, to be honesty with you.

    I would approach this scenario in professional manner where you're recovering Nancy's computer, and you're a professional, and you can tell Daniel to call Nancy to confirm (don't give Daniel Nancy's number though... he should have it...)
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  5. Posts : 17,040
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170

    pepanee said:
    If the lady lives in the South Bay Area as well, then most likely Daniel is a real person.
    stevem5000 said:
    she says she does not know any "Daniel" and does not know anyone form Calif...
    But I do agree that the number should be obscured in case it is anybody's real number.

    All the best,
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  6. Posts : 2,987
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro

    I just saw Try3's reply quoting you from earlier. I apologize. I forget the things I read sometimes. Please disregard parts of my previous post.
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  7. Posts : 17,040
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170

    stevem5000 said:
    Here is the pix of the logon screen...
    You could edit that post and substitute this version of the image if you wanted.
    Win 7 asks password on boot up-win-7-logon.jpg

    All the best,
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  8. Posts : 2,987
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro

    Steve, if you want, you can try calling Daniel from your number, but block your number (so Daniel's phone would show a "Private Caller" is calling him, so he won't get your number). Ask him about the password.

    If he ever asks for a "payment", then it's hacked.

    But you also said it's a little old lady... maybe she forgot who Daniel is?
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  9. Posts : 13
    Thread Starter

    I just got off the phone with the client....IMHO this PC is too old to rebuild and install W10...........She has agreed to purchase a new PC....

    So I'm gonna junk this PC.......I have spent way tooooooo much time trying to figure this out.....I'm done....

    Thank you everyone for all your suggestions.....

    I have a electronic recycle place near me.......headed there this afternoon...
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  10. Posts : 17,040
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170


    I'm a bit worried about missing things now as well.

    Have you tried just clicking the cursor in the password box then clicking on the arrow thing [which would get you in if the password was blank]?
    - In Windows 10, startup would just go straight through a blank password without hanging around on that login screen. But I cannot remember how Windows 7 behaved.

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