Can't log onto my laptop, password doesn't work

By mitchellkent ·
I try to logon onto my laptop that runs Windows Vista Home Premium. I put in the correct password that has worked ever since I set it, but it doesn't work. I am not sure if my laptop has been hacked or not. I need to know how to log on without rebooting the computer.

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Call Microsoft

by seanferd In reply to Can't log onto my laptop, ...

Sorry, we cannot help you with this.
If you can't log on, you can't log on. And why the requirement for doing this without rebooting? What difference would that make?

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You're screwed

by tardcart In reply to Can't log onto my laptop, ...

Vista has no repair install so; if you really own it, slap in the restore disks and embrace the suck if you don't have a back up of your data or give it back to who you stole it from and hope they don't beat the s*** out of you.

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This all sounds slightly odd to me ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Can't log onto my laptop, ...

This criteria that you want to know how to log on without rebooting suggests to me that you know if you reboot, you'll encounter ANOTHER password level - which at present while it's powered up, it is sitting on the inside of.

Sounds to me like you're sitting with a powered-on laptop that has already passed the boot password but now you're stuck at the log on password.

Sounds to me like the laptop was stolen while it was powered-up, beyond the boot password stage.

Sounds to me like you know if you reboot it you are totally stuffed in the selling-on or using of stolen goods department.

IMHO that's what it sounds like to me, and if it happens to be a ROCK Xtreme with a custom black paint job and a little ladybird above the screen on the top left of the fascia - HA! HA! HA! :^0

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You will need to RE-BOOT for a fix..................

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Can't log onto my laptop, ...

You will need SPOTMAU for this, but it will cost you.
Spotmau here:
Good luck. :)

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