Locked Out Of Your Computer? Don’t Reformat It. (Updated)

UPDATE: Since this fix, it fell short because my operating systems weren’t the same (I am working on a little Netbook with an abbreviated version of Windows called Windows Starter). Further digging uncovered a feature that differs across PC brands in order to fix my situation and it goes something like this..

For Dell, press F8 on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
For HP, press F11 directly after powering up the unit.
For LG, press F11 directly after powering up the unit
For Toshiba, press and hold ‘0’ BEFORE and during the power up
For Acer, press and hold ALT + F10 as soon as you see the logo
For Asus, press F9 as soon as you see the Asus logo.
For Samsung, press F4 at power up..
For Fujitsu, press the F8 key repeatedly directly after powering up
For Advent, restart your computer. Then Press F10 repeatedly until the message “Starting System Recovery” is displayed

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When you find you have been locked out of a computer because you forgot a password, especially if you have an older device in your home, there are only some much you can do and the most common suggestion is to reformat it and install a new operating system which is an unforeseen expense. Another suggestion is to rack your brain and dig through your paper pile for the password. Facing the same situation, and if you are mildly handy at the computer, you might as well try my solution, which is to create a boot-disk on your SD card. It is the easiest portable media nowadays and is more available than a boot DVD or USB drive, you will also need another computer which you can login.

Take your SD card and insert it into the ‘working’ computer. Format the SD card as you would a hard-drive, essentially wiping the SD card clean. This step.

The next step is to create a boot DVD. This sounds redundant, but since my old device cannot read a DVD, I have to use the SD card as an extension. The ‘idea’ is to make a copy of the boot DVD on to the SD card. This step for creating a boot DVD.

The final step is to copy the boot DVD onto the SD card, which you can then insert into your old machine as a bootable SD card. That final step is here.