Believe me or not, this is a legit request for help I have a school laptop. it has windows 7 enterprise that I have tried to get access to using bootable CD password utils on to change/elevate accounts however, it's different to windows 7, the hive is different or accounts are not found. The laptop is my kids. She has finished school and wants to keep using the laptop. I own the lap top. Paid off. I cant get the school to unlock it, they have changed platforms. I'd like to recover her files, give her the ability to log in and install applications however, I can't get in to it, I don't have access to school domain or key ring however they do it. Is there a way or is she stuffed, am I stuffed. If I re-install windows 7, I loose all her data. Ideas are appreciated.!! p.s. I am able to remove the HDD and read it from a usb dongle. it's a 2.8" microdrive. I have tried to load the hive from SAM module in windows/system32 trying to activate the local administrator account however, it won't allow it after any changes, I reboot, it's still domain locked somehow. No Local access to administrator etc..