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:tazz: I have a great computer that is usable, but only as a regular user. The person who owned it, had the "Administrator" thing going. I have no idea of that because I never used it. I just start up and go. I guess he had a lot to hide. I wanted to start it from scratch and restore it back to factory settings. Can't do that. Can't even get into the system, without HIS password. I can't just let the thing go to waste, but I want it to be cleaned up and started from scratch. I don't even know if I'm explaining this right. I'm just a simple user that saves my password because I'm the only one with access to my computer in the first place. I don't use that Window administrator thingie.

Can anyone tell me how to get into this system to get rid of all the protected crap. I could care less what he's hiding. I just want the computer.
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I've heard that if you use the repair feature, after the computer reboots itself and it says "Installing Devices", you can push Shift + F10 to get to a console that will allow you to do it.

I haven't personally tried this, though I've always wanted to see if it actually works, but if you try it and it does, simply type "NUSRMGR.CPL" in the console and you should have full administrative access over all accounts.

Good Luck!
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what OS is it?

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is this the operating system that has the password issue, or BIOS? Please explain.
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what OS is it?

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Windows XP.
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is this the operating system that has the password issue, or BIOS? Please explain.

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The only thing I can think of is clearing the BIOS CMOS chip, this should clear up the password issues. There should be a jumper on the motherboard that will clear CMOS.
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If you have your Windows XP CD you can do this:


http://pubs.logicale...icle.asp?ID=305


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Check your motherboard manual for a jumper to reset your password.
If there isn't one, look for a jumper to reset your entire CMOS. (Usually located right uner the battery.)

All of your CMOS settings will be set to default.
That should remove the password.
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Thanks for all your help, but I found this and thought it was useful to all.

Boot into safe mode by restarting the computer and pressing F8 on your keyboard repeatedly until a boot menu appears. Select Safe Mode and when windows is done loading click: Start--->Run then type control userpasswords2 in the dialogue box and hit OK. You should be able to select the Administrator account that you need to access and then click reset password. Select your new password and type it in both the New password and Confirm new password boxes, and hit OK.

This is much quicker than reformatting and/or dealing with the motherboard, so definitely worth a try. AND IT WORKS!!! I did it!!!!!

:tazz: ;) ;)

Edited by sogwap81, 11 May 2005 - 07:44 PM.

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but you said you wanted into the BIOS password.

That is the windows admin password
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Good Times!!!
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how the [bleep] does that work???? sounds like a HUGE security gap if it does...but then again it is Windows...
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how the [bleep] does that work????  sounds like a HUGE security gap if it does...but then again it is Windows...

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I'm sure it's a gap, but it worked for me. Not kidding. It really worked!!!
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I tried it, but it didn't work for me. Maybe I don't understand the circumstance.

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