Recently pulled out an old HCL ultra portable notebook. it runs on windows vista home premium. Can't remember the password. Tried using several password recovery tools (windows password recovery tool ultimate, doassoft windows password rescuer personal, vodusoft windows password reset standard) but keep getting 'NTDETECT failed' error. Is there anything I can do? Doubt if I can find the windows CD so will end up having to pay for windows all over again if I can't recover/reset the password...
You mean you want to reset Windows login password? Do you have a password reset disk? Just insert it and follow the instruction, if you have no disk, you can use ophcrack or Windows Password Recovery Tool
Here are the pros and cons for this two programs
pro: freeware and can crack all Windows OS login password
con: the way is cracking your computer, it may delete important data in your computer
Windows Password Recovery Tool
pro: This program can recover password instead of cracking, it can keep the data safe
con:This program offers free trial, but if you want to reset password, you need full version by buying it.
(Tips: This program will offer some free licences by Giveaway)