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    Screensaver password

    I have a client who forgot his screensaver pw on his Dell laptop. Unlike Win98, WinME brings back the screen saver when you reboot. Dell told him the only solution is to use their recovery CD, which reformats and starts from scratch. Is there any other solution, like a registry tweak? I booted into DOS and poked around the Windows directory for password type files (*.psw, *.pwl, etc.) All I found was Jimf.pwl, but that turned out to be his Windows password. I realize you may not want to publish an answer on a public forum, but I would like to know if it's possible.
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    Re: Screensaver password

    Howard:
    Anything's possible but it's M$ofts intention obviously to make it very, very difficult. There are undoubtedly resources on the web but if I were your client, I'd do as Dell says and fire up the restore CD. All the restore CDs I've seen in the past re-install the software and default settings that arrived on the system and leave data alone (.doc, .xls, .mdb etc.) They're designed precisely for that just in case your youngster decides to send your system into Duke3D limbo and you were just putting the final touches on the great American Novel (without backup of course). <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> One other thing your user may try, since passwords are case sensitive, check the Caps Lock. Could be that simple <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Screensaver password

    Brian, thanks for the info. I have been trying to Ask Jeeves at the Dell Website about Restore options for Me and all I can find is stuff about 98 or 2k. Win 98 has a "Dirty Restore" of the OS without Registry restore, a clean restore with Registry and Program Files replaced but document folders untouched (which is what I'd like) and a full reformat & restore. Do you know if Win Me has these same options? I've been on hold for Dell tech support for 45 minutes and am about to hang up and go home.

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    Re: Screensaver password

    I'm not using Windows ME and my idea pertains to Win98 but may give you an alternative. Will you be able to boot to a DOS diskette? I know somehow DOS was disable in ME but if you can then you just have to locate the filename of the screen saver and delete it. Usually the filename convention would follow "filename.scr" . Now screen saver no password.

    If you go to Safe mode does the screensaver kicks in right away? If not then you can change or disable the screensaver password or delete it before it loads. If you succeed in deleting it and you want the screen saver back then just copy it from your installation cd or from any win me machine and place it on the windowssystem folder.

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    Re: Screensaver password

    If you can get into the Windows.ini file and change the entry "ScreenSavActive=1" to "=0", this will turn off the screen saver. There may also be a line or two that refers to the password, these can be changed or DELETED.

    Also be aware that that each Screen Savor may have it's own INI file, which would need to be found and changed.

    Hope this helps. We had to do this starting with Windows 3.0 for those poor people that did NOT know what they were doing and playing games.

    ================================================== ===
    [windows]
    load=
    run=
    NullPort=None
    ScreenSaveActive=1
    ScreenSaveTimeOut=60
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    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Screensaver password

    Thanks for all the suggestions, but nothing worked, so I had to reformat and restore. That didn't take as long as I feared, and all important data was backed up to floppies, so it wasn't to painful. I'll remember the tip about ScrsaverActive in Win.Ini the next time someone forgets their PW.
    Additional comments. WinMe is weird! While talking to Dell support I described the reboot process and told them that there was a white progress bar at the bottom of the screen (probably related to scandisk running because of power-off shutdown from screensaver). The techrep said "That's not WinMe, that's Win2K! The user had a session with Dell support before I got involved and they think he loaded Win2k. I said I doubted that since he is a novice, and he has no copy of Win2K. The whole thing was weird and I spent more time trying to recover than the eventual restore took.
    Again, thaks to all for the suggestions.
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    Re: Screensaver password

    Dell tech support most likely was correct. You stated that "since he is a novice, and he has no copy of Win2K". How do you know if he has a copy of 2000 or not, did you ask him? If you did ask, are you still sure that he does NOT have access to a copy?

    Before retirement, the biggest problem with computers was the software that was brought in from home and/or downloaded by those "novice, NOT me" types.

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    Re: Screensaver password

    The user is a middle-aged priest. This is his first PC. I am the "virtual IT dept" for the rectory (where I maintain the Win95, 98 network), which is his home. Believe me, there are no copies of Win2k around.
    I will do some more checking and if I uncover anything interesting, I'll let you know.

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    Re: Screensaver password

    Also there are some web sites that XP can be downloaded from.

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    Re: Screensaver password

    In 95 you could edit the control.ini and under [Screensavers] there was a PWProtected=********. If you removed everything after the = the password disappeared. So you could boot to the command prompt and edit the control.ini to remove the forgotten password. I don't know if its the same in ME.

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    Re: Screensaver password

    If you haven't used the restore CD yet...be cautious!

    Where I work, we use many IBM laptops and desktops, and the recovery CD's that ship with the units <font color=red><big>FORMAT, and RESTORE THE COMPUTER TO THE ORIGINAL FACTORY DEFAULT SHIPPING CONFIGURATION</big></font color=red>.

    Make sure you know what the CD will do, before using it. It can be the difference between 2 hours work to solve the problem, and a two day job to restore all files from hard copy / backups / etc...
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Screensaver password

    Thanks for the info. I did reformat and restore (see my post of 12 April) and all is well. Since it was a brand new PC it was practically in factory condition, so there was no other software to reinstall.

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    Re: Screensaver password

    Unfortunately, it's not the same in ME, but thanks for the info on Win 95. Problem was solved by reformatting. See my post of 12 April.

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    Re: Screensaver password

    In Win98 when the password prompt comes up
    ctrl-alt-del lets you shut down the screen saver.

    You can then go to screen properties and remove
    the screensaver.

    Does this still work in ME?

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    Re: Screensaver password

    No it doesn't. See my post # 48634 on 25 June.

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