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I have a user on my laptop but i need to unlock it to clear my hard drive. How do i unlock it ? My friend has past away so this is really hard for me.

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  • domonique081 Nov 29, 2008

    thats the problem he was a the administrator so is there anything i can do ?? seems hopeless...

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To delete or remove the user account your account has to have administrator privileges.
Go to Control Panel
Select user accounts.
Click the account you need to unlock and selet change password or remove account.

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