Win7PC suddenly asking for password??

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by thekb, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. thekb macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2010
    Windows 7 PC never had a password set before, but now won't boot without one. I have no idea how it could have been set. Pretty sure not set locally. Is the hard drive failing or could someone set a password remotely through malware?

    Is there a way to get in to my data or will I have to reformat and reinstall everything? This is long distance tech supprt for my parents and they are frustrated that I can't fix it for them from 200 miles away! :rolleyes:
  2. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Probably some malware. Do you have access to another machine? If so, you can do something like this to clear the password.

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