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Doug Gibb

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Hi,
My late father ( also doug gibb) passed this year. I know his windows 8 computer holds many family photos and such.
Access to his pc would be lovely.
I recall he had a 4 digit pin to log on, I entered it many times on his behalf but now cannot recall it.
Can I circumvent my late fathers pin code?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Browser
    Ie

Barman58

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If all else fails the photographs should not be encrypted and so could be accessed from another system if you removed the Hard drive and mounted it in a USB caddy

There are around 10000 possible 4 digit options for the PIN but as the decoding is performed in the actual system it is quite secure.

The weakest part of the 4 digit PIN as it's also used in Banking is that people do not like difficult numbers so tend to use a small subset of codes
some light reading to give a background ...

 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Real World Computing
    CPU
    AMD FX8350 8 Core @4GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus M5A78L-M USB3
    Memory
    32GB [4x8GB] DDR3 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus nVidia GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 (2GB DDR5)
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xoner DG + SPDIF to 5.1 System + HDMI
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer G276HL 27", (DVi) + Samsung 39" HDTV (HDMI)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @60Hz + 1920 x 1080 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Internal
    Crucial 256GB SSD,
    WDC WD30EZRX-00D8PB0 3TB,
    Toshiba HDWD130 3TB
    Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH1 2TB,

    External (USB3)
    Seagate Backup+ Hub BK SCSI Disk 8TB
    2.5/3.5 Hot Swap Cradle, USB3 + eSata (client HDDs)

    NAS
    Seagate ST4000DM000
    PSU
    Aerocool Templarius Imperator 750W 80+ Silver
    Case
    AeroCool X-Warrior Devil Red Tower
    Cooling
    Stock CPU, Rear 120mm, Front 2x120mm, Side 2x120mm
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K710 & K270
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless M710 M185 & M570 Trackball
    Internet Speed
    37Mb/s Down - 9.5Mb/s Up
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2017
    Other Info
    Also run...

    Desktop - 6Core 8GB - Windows 10 Enterprise x64,
    Laptop - Quad 8GB - Windows 10 Pro x64
    Netbook - Ubuntu
    2 x Nexus 7 Android tablets
    Samsung 10.2" tablet
    Sony Z3 Android Smartphone
    HTC One Android Smartphone

Teeotsa

Member
Maybe give "old method" a try? Replace sethc with cmd?

Link for tutorial is here!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Professional x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    3rd Gen Intel CPU
    Memory
    HyperX Fury DDR3 2x4GB 1866MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 2500
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston A400 240GB
    1TB SEAGATE HDD
    Internet Speed
    ~ 6 Mb/s (Enough for me)
    Browser
    Google Chrome 96, Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 93.0
    Antivirus
    No third-party Antivirus software is installed on my system.
    Other Info
    I don't update my installation of Windows. I find it unnecessary.
    Also, i've disabled Windows Defender and Windows Firewall because i don't need them!😂

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