CSA501, 13;00 pm, Monday 14th, I walk into class expecting the normal, dismantle this, assemble that, then Neil our tutor informs us we will all be troubleshooting potentially broken PC desktops and running diagnosis programmes on them, Little did I know that in half an hour I would have a crack at hacking my first computer….sweet!!
We are all put in groups of two and told what to do, first step was to create a basic list of questions for a customer when receiving a desktop to fix/update/diagnose. Corbin and myself have been given the task of unlocking a desktop. Our client Neil has dropped us off us his desktop computer because his crazy ex-wife put a password he is unable to get past on it when she left him, poor Neil!
First task was to fill out the basic form Corbin and I had completed for ‘our’ fictional business name Machine Head PC Repairs and Custom Builds.
PC Repairs and Custom builds
Address: 454 West Willow
Phone Numbers: 021 585271
Email Address: Neil.firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you wish to receive Machine Heads Promotional Emails: Yes
Make and Model: Old and Crap
Password Protected: No, Want a new password.
Purchase Date: 1953
Warranty Details: no
Serial Number: 124673846
Data Backup required: Yes
Personal/Business Machine: personal
Previous Repairs: Yes, Upgrade hard drive from 1 GB to ??
Fault Description: None aware of
Activity at time of Fault/crash: No
Accessories Taken: Desktop
Preferred Payment Method: Cash
Corbin and myself had not done this before, so the first thing we did was google instructions on how to reset the log-in password for Windows 7, we came across this website and simply followed the instructions.
Here is a snapshot of those instructions we followed:
These instructions were retrieved from:
Corbin and myself had no issues with these instructions other than the keyboard we were using, a lot and I mean a lot of keys were missing and the ones that were there were not all responsive, so we simply plugged in another keyboard to use instead.
Overall it was a fun day in class and I learned something fun and simple, cant wait to have a crack at hacking NASA!….Might be a bit harder I think.