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Resetting the password

Hi i would like to know how to reset the initial password that is on my laptop when i turn it on. i dont remember what the password was so can you help me please? :) thanks the laptop i have is an Acer Aspire 5315 pretty much right when the laptop starts up, it asks for a password which i cant remember, so how do i re set it so i can log onto windows??

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  • daprins Nov 07, 2008

    the Bios password

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    i cant remember my password for when i turn my laptop on my laptop is a dell and when i turn it on it says log on to windows but i cant remember my password. what can i do?

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    hi i would like to know how to reset the initial password that is on my laptop when i turn it on. i dont remember what the password was so can you help me please? :) thanks the laptop i have is an dell. how can i reset my password so i can log on to windows ?

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There are two places when you may be asked for a password - can you please clarify which one it is.

  1. The BIOS password which will ask you for a password BEFORE you see the Windows loading screen
  2. The Windows password, which will ask you for the password after the computer has started, but before you can see your desktop.
There is a reasonably easy solution for both of these.

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

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    Quinten van der Werf Nov 07, 2008

    With a BIOS password on a laptop, it can be a bit more difficult to reset the BIOS password.  The BIOS is retained by the system using the onboard battery.  To clear the password you need to remove that battery and this involves opening the laptop.
    Please try the following...


    1. Remove the laptop battery and external power source

    2. Tip the laptop upside down and take a note of the little compartment covers that you can unscrew.

    3. You will need to find the one that hides the CMOS battery.  The CMOS battery looks like a small coin, and is usually in a little plastic cover and attached to the board by a couple of wires.

    4. See the following picture as an example: http://www.tccycling.com/misc/5672inside...

    5. It will most likely be in the compartment that houses the RAM or the wireless card.

    6. The CMOS battery can be unplugged by unplugging the wires from the motherboard (usually a simply plastic plug).

    7. Remove the CMOS battery, and leave the laptop for 10-15 minutes so all power drains.  Sometimes it may need longer.

    8. Plug the CMOS battery back in, replace covers, reinsert laptop battery and external power.

    9. You should now be able to boot past the BIOS screen.  First however, the system will ask if you want to restore default options as it has lost its BIOS settings.  Press DEL to go into the BIOS and set the correct date and time, and load optimal settings if you have the option.

    10. You should now be able to start the computer correctly.

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