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Forgotten password I gave my old dell pc to my daughter-in law, she is not too computer savey..she changed the login password and did not write it down and can not remember it. I tried to reinstall windows but I'm not able to. Help I need instruction on how to go about reintalling the OS. Thanks

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  • carcasel Oct 24, 2008

    I tried your suggestion with no luck..but thanks..where can I get those tools and the name of a trusted and easy one to use.

    Thanks again

  • carcasel Oct 26, 2008

    I tried solution #2 ...but not able to change boot order..there is a green check mark on each...the first is the floppy,hard drive,CD being the third..cannot change order at all..tried several times and gave up.



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turn on your pc, press f8 while the pc is booting-up,
then select safe mode
choose tha 'administrator account' and leave the password empty
you should be able to load to safe mode
then go to control panel / user account and change the password from there
hope this helps!

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Go too the Bios of the computer I believe if you hold down the F2 key or the F12 while the computer is starting, then change the boot up to CD Rom..Put the win 2000 cd in to the cd rom, it should boot from the cd.. then follow the install prompt.. be sure to delete all partions and format drive and create New Partion for the OS to install to.. follow the prompts..

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    Mike S Oct 26, 2008

    if you see the boot order,"floppy,hard drive,CD being the third" then your on the correct path..
    I am using a dell Insprion 600m for this example..

    Start PC press F2

    once your in the Bios

    look toward the bottom of the screen you should see

    <-- , --> changes values

    Up arrow - Down arrow changes fields (I cant make the arrows here have to write it)

    Alt+P will change page (holding the Alt and the letter P at the same time)

    do the Alt+P then change the page ( doing this once took me to the Boot Page)

    The page you will want is Boot Order

    The Left Column of the screen will be the boot order

    The Right Column will have an explanation of changing the values

    Once you are at this page

    Select the CD Rom (it should highlight)

    then press the "u" key until it is at the top.

    press the ESC button and when promted

    you want

    Exit Saving Changes...

    i hope this works for ya this time

    there is a way to recover a password using a Linux Boot Cd

    but that might be a little more complicated then you might want to deal with

    and the computer has to boot from the CD ....

    Good Luck if you need further help , just leave a message here..


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Well try this, maybe u will get lucky.

Try to login as administrator and leave the password empty.

If you can login that way, then you can reset her password.

If not, there are tools out there, even free ones using a floppy disk and linux, that will boot up the PC and reset the password off a floppy disk. Let me know and I will be glad to help furthur.


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  • Jerry Oct 24, 2008

    Ok - I did some searching. This looks like the best bet for you.

    G'luck and if you can't figure something out I'll be glad to help further.

  • Jerry Oct 24, 2008

    Sorry for the complications, but this is kind of a complicated situation.

    Do your best to follow the directions on this page.

    Ask me for help if need be.

    G'luck =]


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