Question Need help getting into old computer

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Junior Member
Aug 28, 2019
Hi all! I’ve done extensive research on this issue, and cannot for the life of me figure it out. I’m trying to get into my old computer so I can access old photos and what not. So, here is my issue..

1. I forgot the password to my windows 8 toshiba computer. The password is not connected to my windows account because it is not connected to the internet, and wants the password I last logged in with.

2. I’ve had trouble getting into advanced options using f8 because my computer starts too fast, I’ve successfully done it once.. out of many tries.

3. When I got to advanced options.. if I tried to get to CMD or anything else it asks for the password for the account - the account I’m trying to log into IS the administrator account, there are no others. I tried to restart it in safe mode with command prompt and it just restarted normally.

4. I don’t have a backup disc or password disc or usb

5. I’ve wrecked my brain trying to remember this password and it just escapes me

6. I can’t even restart it from a last saved back up point because.. it asks for the password.

7. I’ve read a few blogs that talk about password hacking software but am afraid to use it, this is unknown territory for me. I don’t need to fool around with something I’m unfamiliar with just to get into my computer (though I really want to get into it!!) there any hope for me?

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Platinum Member
Feb 21, 2008
As you know doubt are aware, there are many ways/methods to bypass or reset the Win 8 password.

My advice is to sleep on it for a day or two and there is a good chance the password will come to mind.

You can always get your data files easily using Puppy Linux provided no encryption.


Golden Member
Dec 12, 2010
Of course there's hope. For some of the files anyway.. I suggest that you can retrieve the files as follows, ignoring the password .

On another PC, download the Windows 10 media creation tool and use it to make a win 10 installer on USB
change boot order in the computer bios so USB is first, hdd second
boot from installer
on screen after languages, choose repair this pc, not install.
choose troubleshoot
choose advanced
choose command prompt
type notepad and press enter
in notepad, select file>open
Use file explorer to copy any files you need to save to USB or hdd
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