A while back I decided to let one of my nieces use one of my old laptops. If I'm honest I actually have three laptops. It's been quite a while since I broke one. I tended to buy a new one when an old one died, as I tend to break them pretty quickly.A laptop lasts, on average, about six months. My really old one, the one the niece has, is in pretty bad shape. It's slow and I'm surprised it runs at all. It's probably highly damaged on a software level. The fan is kind of damaged too. Maybe it's just that old and technology has really come a long way since I bought it. I don't really buy that one though. I used to let all three kids use it and then I let the eldest take it home with her after she broke my dad's old laptop. Not my smartest move I know. But I'd get stupider.
In preparation for her having main control over it, I changed the password on the admin account so that she could use it at home, and the other kids could still use the monitored kids account. I thought I changed the password to her name but I didn't. I tried several variations and everything I thought the password was, and I still couldn't log on. I forgot my own password. I didn't create a password reset drive which meant there was only one option left open to me; I had to hack my own computer.
It was much easier than I thought it would be. All I really had to do was create a Ubuntu boot disc and load up Ubuntu. It turns out I messed that up too...I downloaded the Ubuntu ISO and then, rather than write it to a disc, I burned it. Another disc later I had my boot disc. I loaded it up, loaded up Ubuntu, and then had to access the windows hard drive through Ubuntu. I changed the names of a few files and then restarted the computer, back to Windows. The changes I made meant that when I loaded up the Ease of Access options on the login screen, I actually opened up the command prompt. From there, one quick command changed my password and I was able to log back in.
Now I just need to remember this password. I guess if I don't I know what to do, and I still have the Ubuntu disc.