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Password Lost/ Recovery help

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by mistapitts, Jul 6, 2010.

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  1. mistapitts

    mistapitts Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    The other day for some stupid reason I decided to change my laptops password to whatever it was I was thinking of that day and now I can't remember what it is. There is a partitioned recovery drive on the computer that I am wondering if I can access to reformat the hardrive so I can get back on my computer. On my old desktop the restore option would come up on the BIOS screen but now I don't know if I have to be logged onto access it because I can't seem to find an option for it. Please help me this is my new laptop and now I can't even use it.

    It's a Vista Home Premium Dell
    and has a partitioned recovery drive in it.

    Thanks,
    James
     
  2. centauricw

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    Dell doesn't display the key sequence to access the recovery partition on boot. Unless Dell changed it, it will be CTRL-F11. You need to start repeatedly punching this in as soon as the BIOS checks starts up.

    Remember, this reformats the hard drive and you will loose all your data.
     
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