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How do I get logged onto a Gateway laptop with Windows 8 when everything I do only goes to the sign in page for a prior owner who has forgotten the password?

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Hi CatSue,

Sounds you like you bought the computer from the back of a truck.

We are terribly sorry but CCM cannot help you to recover the lost password, because you can’t prove that you are the legitimate owner. . Everyday computers are stolen, although you may be honest, we do not wish to help potential criminals.
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thanks but no thanks!..I bought this 5 years ago & my brother used it for a while & set it to boot up to his email accounts (2) but none of his passwords work.
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You would need to reinstall the operating system from the Windows disks, that is boot from the cd's, there is no other way.