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    I have a computer that was given to me that is password protected and I don't know what the password is. Is there any way to get into the computer short of reloading windows.
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    Re: Password

    If you have Windows 95 or 98 (or, I believe, ME), you simply need to press the ESC key when the log-in screen appears. If you have NT, 2000, or XP, the situation can be a bit more complicated - partly depending on whether the Administrator account is still called "Administrator".

    Personally, I would go for a clean reinstall; particularly if I were unclear as to what had been installed on the machine.
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    Re: Password

    On the other hand, if you're talking about a BIOS password, the simplest way is to take the covers off, remove the BIOS battery and let it stay out for 15-30 minutes. Later, when you re-insert the battery and boot, the password "should" be gone.

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    Re: Password

    Do the clean reinstall. Assuming you also were given the Win CD, I second the input by unkamunka. <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>

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    Re: Password

    C'Mon guys! You're recommending back surgery and we don't even know if the "patient" is in pain! I agree with Unkamunka that it'll be more complicated if the OS is NOT of the Win9x/ME variety which isn't too likely where a gift machine is concerned. If it's not the BIOS, hit Escape, open Windows Explorer and drill down to the Windows directory. Once there, delete any files with a .PWL extension and re-boot. Looks like the new user will want to see what the setup looks like before resorting to a clean install, assuming that's possible.

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    Re: Password

    IF, as Jim says he can't "get into the computer", how can he drill down to Windows.etc.etc, to delete the.PWL files? Boot to DOS?
    Could be? <img src=/S/notmyfault.gif border=0 alt=notmyfault width=15 height=15>

    We need a little more info before the surgery <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

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    Re: Password

    <hr>...how can he drill down to Windows.etc.etc, to delete the.PWL files?... <hr>
    If it's a Win9x/ME system, boot, hit ESCAPE and voila.....

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    Re: Password

    Have you tried the obvious solution of asking the person who gave you the computer?

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    Re: Password

    If the machine is a gift machine, it may be an old one and a bit weak on resources (RAM, hard drive size - which supplies virtual memory under 95/98/ME). If there are a bunch of surplus programs and screen candy - which tends to happen with any installation - these could make the machine run a fair bit slower.
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    Re: Password

    Al,

    Yes, BUT.......... <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold">is</span hi> it a Win9x/ME machine? More info needed.. <img src=/S/groan.gif border=0 alt=groan width=16 height=15>

    Who suggested. ask the former owner? <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>

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    Re: Password

    Thanks everybody. The operating system was Windows 98. I was able to clear all the password files in windows and it works fine now.
    Thanks again.
    Jim

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