This should probably be in the computer forum but it gets soo much more traffic in here. Anyway a buddy bought a Comaq laptop for $200. It has Vista home basic or whatever on it. I've never used Vista. Anyway what happend is is has a password set before you can get into windows. So like the log in screen. The guy who he bought it from owned it and let his sister use it or something. His sister is now in jail or something. I think thats what he told me and this guy didn't know what password his sister had put on there. Is there a cheap way to get past this other than to buy a new copy of Vista? I told him go to Wal-Mart and buy a new vista disk and reinstall it but he doesn't want to spend that much. He doesn't know much at all about computers so I'm trying to help him. The guy that sold it to him told him he just needed to go to Wal-Mart and buy a $10 disk that would allow him to change the password. I have no idea what he is talking about and I think he is full of it. To me if it was a $10 fix he would have done it rather than selling it. Is there anyway to get past this or reset the password?