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Password question

By learninmypc ยท 12 replies
Mar 9, 2017
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  1. I need to know if there is a free & easy to use program I can put on a USB to save ALL passwords on a friends pc so I can do a factory reset on it? He has a Vista Home Premium, TIA :)
     
  2. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +241

    Are you sure that's a good idea?
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,254   +370

    Do you have a better suggestion/idea? :) I'ne known him a few years & have cleaned his pc in here a few times. Am open to any idea :)
     
  4. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,031   +53

  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,254   +370

    Will check it out, thank you :)
     
  6. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +241

    I'm thinking that you are about to take the computer back to how it was many years ago (possibly to 2007) and that if it's working OK it's an unnecessary risk. Check how old the hard disk is and whether it is almost filled up which would slow it down considerably. I don't think Vista had an auto defrag so that may need doing. I have cloned my best XP desktop to a newer high capacity hard drive. No way would I want to reset it to how it was in 2002. Whether you should do it or not I don't know but I'd give it some thought first.
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,254   +370

    Ok, offhand I don't recall the gb size of the harddrive on his pc but I do know it is almost full & has been crashing regularly so I'm "guessing" its crashing because no room. .
    I realize there is alot of difference between my W10 (1 terrabyte harddrive) & his Vista but my W10 also was crashing & my harddrive also was almost full. My W10 finally did crash, & went back to W7. Got it back to W10 & no more crashing.
    Maybe I am way off base here with my reasoning.
    I did defrag it but still crashing . Am open to suggestions :)
     
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,254   +370

    Capture.JPG 7 years old. I'm not going to be able to reinstall the OS like I had planned on, I'm now simply trying to figure out why it was crashing so often on him. I've had it for 7 plus hours & no crashes.
    I don't recall the percentage full on the harddrive, but its not full as I had thought. I did do a FULL defrag & have been running security programs, clean so far.
     
  9. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +241

    If nothing is flagged up in device manager then give it a go with CCleaner and it may be fine. You could install a free utility like Open Hardware Monitor to be certain that it isn't overheating. Encourage the owner to keep important stuff backed up on a USB stick.
     
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,254   +370

    Nothing flagged in Device Manager & I've run ccleaner. Open Hardware Monitor is beta, I hesitate on them. He knows this pc is near death. I even had problems booting it up this morning. Thank you for your input, :)
     
  11. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +241

    There's lots of other choices like SpeedFan.
    As there's a chance that it's the motherboard or power supply that's on the way out it's worth thinking about replacing the computer. You can often spot motherboard problems on a desktop where the cylindrical capacitors bulge on the top, leak or discolour.
     
  12. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,254   +370

    Thank you. He knows this pc is on its way out, I will return it to him this morning & remind him. :)
     
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,254   +370

    image.
    Inside his computer before I gave it to him, surprisingly clean
     

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