So, my stepbrother gave me his old laptop awhile back.
He forgot his password/couldn't figure out how to get back in. He said fuck it, & got himself a Macbook instead.. he was going to throw the old laptop into the trash, but I asked to take a look at it. He said I could keep it, so...
I have a desktop PC I always use, but I keep meaning to figure out how the heck to unlock this thing without a password. He doesn't remember at all.. his password hint is 'oreo' and he has no clue what it's related to. I've tried a million password ideas to no avail. If I click the ''Forgot Password?'' thing, a window pops up, explaining if you forgot your password, you need a ''recovery disk.''
Now, if it's not obvious already, I'll clarify that I am not tech savvy in the least.. I'm probably worse than senior citizens. So, not knowing precisely wtf a recovery disk was, I googled it/skimmed through some stuff. If I understand correctly, it's a backup of the original factory settings that you're supposed to create on a CD-R/flash drive when you first use the computer. I got a blank look from my stepbro when I asked if he knew anything about this/had one.
I searched the internet for other solutions, perusing random tech forums.. most of the information I either didn't understand .. or people posting about the same problem were just accused of stealing the laptop.
If anyone has any idea how to assist me with breaking into this stupid thing, please post here. Ideally I'd like to avoid spending $ to resolve this.
The laptop is a Compaq hp Presario CQ60 - runs on Windows Vista. [if that's relevant]
Thanks! *tips hat*