Unlocking locked laptop – From physical access to recovering NT hashes

A friend of mine worked at the IT department of a school and we had a talk about what consequences it may have if a laptop without disk encryption got into the wrong hands. He could not see what the big deal was if a student computer got lost so I suggested that if he would borrow me a computer from the school I would try to see what potential risks could come out of it. The laptop I got was old, worn down and scheduled for recycling. Perfect for this scenario!

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