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Computer Owner Died!

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Hi folks. Have a strange circumstance here. A family friend just passed away suddenley and all their tax info, ect.. is on the deceased's computer. Problem is that she was the admin and had it password protected so now noone can finish her taxes or obtain any other important documents.

My question is how do we get in. Is there a program or some dark secret to obtaining the password or bypassing the password? I am being sincere in my problem here and would really appreciate any help. OS is XP Home.


peace out,
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First I would make sure that it is legally permissible to do that, the family may need to talk to a lawyer to make sure that they can have legal access to the machine.

You can use a Linux liveCD to access the files on a Windows disk and you can copy them to a CD or a fat32 partitioned hard disk, such as an attached USB drive, or a USB flash drive, which you can buy for around $20 now. Knoppix Linux is very good for this but an even smaller version is Nimblex. You simply download the .iso file and burn it to a CD as an image and boot from it.
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Sorry daddy we can't help you get around a password, no matter what the reasons. It is against the rules here.
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