I found an Acer Aspire T180 desktop next to the dumpster in my apartment complex. Looks in good shape, took it in to tinker with it. I managed to get it to boot, but it loads Windows 7 and I don't have the password. I would like to reset the password rather than reformat, because I don't own a copy of Win7 to re-load onto the machine.
Tried "Offline NT Password and Registry Editor", but when I get to the part where it's supposed to mount the disk, it says:
Mounting from /dev/sfda2, with assumed filesystem type FAT/VFAT/FAT32 and similar Trying to mount FAT / VFAT / FAT32 etc mount: mounting /dev/sda2 on /disk failed: Invalid argument ERROR: Mount failed
fdisk -l shows the system as FAT16, but since Win7 is on it, I'm pretty sure it's not? Tried doing a manual mount (mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/ntfs, also tried using the flags -t ntfs and -t ntfs-3g) but I get these errors:
mount: mounting /dev/sda2 on /mnt/ntfs failed: Invalid argument (without -t flag) mount: mounting /dev/sda2 on /mnt/ntfs failed: No such device (with -t flag)
Also tried the Ophcrack live CD. This time, the partition doesn't mount automatically BUT if I try manually it mounts fine, and I can view the contents of the drive.
How can I get the Offline NT program to mount my drive, or alternatively, is there a program I can use to reset the password from the Live CD once the drive is mounted? Can't seem to install chntpw either...
UPDATE (solved): Booted into Ubuntu live cd and opened up disk manager, which lets you change the system filetype. Changed it to NTFS, and rebooted using Offline NT program which worked its magic--Windows 7 booted up fine. Hope this helps someone!