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Just today I was with my brother when he turned on his computer to find that his profile was gone and replaced with a windows profile for "Johnny". We assumed that this is the person that last owned the computer, but we have had no luck trying to contact that person again. Since I felt impatient, I have tried going around the pass word by pressing the F8 key to get to safe mode with command prompts but found that I was lead back to the Window's profile list showing just Johnny. I have tried every safe mode option but the computer refuses to boot in safe mode. Additionally, I have tried the "repair your computer" option and I am given a list of two profiles that I could choose to enter a password for (neither of them that I know). There seems to be no way of getting around this. I have followed the steps from this thread but as I just said I was unable to progress past "repair your computer" due to the password. I have a good USB clear and ready if it needs to be used.
In my previous topic (gateway-laptop-with-ssd-not-find-vista-sp2-wont-start-pxe-e76 ) , I was unable to restart my Gateway 32bit Vista laptop, except by using the Gateway Recovery management Partition. and doing a "Recovery with automatic data backup." This recovery worked flawlessly, and recovered Vista to its 2008 level, including 60 associated programs and Windows updates, and built an associated 23 gig BACKUP file which was stored in the top level of the Local Disk (C:) directory. It included a top level directory folder named: 14-08-23 12:39 AM, beneath which were folders, the same folder names that Vista initially builds in its structure including; Documents, Google, Graphics, Intel, Perflogs, Program files, System Volume Information, Users, and Windows, along with additional folders that had existed in the previous version on my computer, such as AmiPro, Downloads, Quicken98, and other programs and folders of mine, built since the previous recovery when I'd replaced a failing hard drive with a Crucial SSD. However, after recovering to this stage, I did not know the proper way to continue the recovery, how to get this backup structure back into the Local Disk (C:) structure in place of the one the recovery had built. I thought the first priority would be to continue applying updates to the system using Windows Update. But I ran into a problem with Windows Update, so went ahead and used the standalone installs of SP1 and then SP2, but Windows Update is still not working. And I still have not put the backed up directory structure back in place, and I don't even know how to do that. So I'm not sure what to do next, and am requesting any assistance as to the proper way to recover from this situation. I will make an offline backup of that BACKUP directory, before I do anything. And if I have to go back and start over, I am willing to do that, too, in the case that I have done things in the wrong order. I am 76 years old and struggling to get this recovery right, so I would appreciate any help anyone could give me as to the proper method of doing this recovery to get me back to where I was before the startup problem. Thank you very much, Ralphyde