I fix computers on the side and I have a client that brought me a laptop that they forgot the password to. I tried my boot-disks (ubcd, hirens, nt offline password reset) but the computer's cd-rom won't boot from any cd. option 1 - bootable cd not gonna work. the computer does not support booting to usb : ( sheesh! i even tried an old-school external usb cd-rom drive, no luck. i pulled the hard drive out and slaved it into my computer and was able to browse it's contents. I was going to overwrite the sethc.exe with cmd.exe as suggested elsewhere, but i run into a permissions problem there. i get access denied when i try to take ownership of the system32 folder or even just individual files alone. i tried safe mode with command prompt, but there are 3 user accounts, all of which i don't know the password to, so i cant get any further there. i just tried a password reset disk (with usb) but apparently this will only work if you can already get into the system with another account and go thru some password reset disk creation wizard. im stumped and i'm rarely stumped LOL jk please give me some ideas??