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Cannot restore to factory settings because lost system administor

Also when I boot up to bios/cmos page I do not have password

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  • paisans Nov 19, 2008

    Technotech was close. he forgot to mention that there is a jumper that needs to be removed and replaced near the battery. Battery does not have to come out. Thanks anyway.

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Your question was not quite finished...I will assume you lost your reinstall disk. No problem...go to the Start menu, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and System Restore. Follow the directions through thye system restore wizard. You will get to pick a day and time for your system to restore back to. If you have a XP, there should be many days to pick from...you may not even need to go too far back. If you know what you are trying to avoid( as in the reason why you are trying to restore your system...virus? software loss? etc) just go back to the day of or the day before for your restore. Just remember you will lose any of the information after that date, so be sure to make a backup of everything you need or want!

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  • zabrina liang Nov 19, 2008

    glad it worked out!

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Open your computer and on the motherboard there is a Battery which looks like a Coin, Take it Out and Turn on and Turn Off your computer once,Put the battery back on motherboard and Tur on your coputer you will be able to go into BIOS without password. Then you can try recovering your computer to Factory Settings.

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Can't find the reset Password pin near the Battery


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There are four common categories of solutions to remove or reset a BIOS password and here are the details on how to go about resetting your BIOS password.<br /> <br /><b>Manufacturer Backdoor BIOS Password</b><br /><br />Most of the BIOS makers have set a backdoor password on the older computer models. That is the master password for BIOS. To reset BIOS passwords first you need to check the manufacturer of your computer's BIOS. Most computers have BIOS include AMI, IBM, Award, and Phoenix. These are the most common BIOS. You can unlock your locked BIOS using this master password. It works, no matter what the user sets the password to. Many popular computer and laptop manufacturers such as HP and DELL lock the BIOS because they want to protect their machine's most sensitive areas (those areas which have warranty) from their customers. These passwords are usually used by computer technicians for testing and repairing. <br /><br /><b>Reset the jumper that holds the password<br /></b><br />Open the computer and locate on the motherboard the BIOS password jumper. The jumper is usually jumper 1 and often labeled as PSWD, PWD, CLRPWD, CLEAR, JCMOS1, CLR, CLEAR CMOS, PASSWD, or PASSWORD. Normally you would have 3 pins and to reset the password you just need to put the jumper on the 2 and 3 pins leaving pin 1 empty. After you move the jumper, turn the computer on to clear the password, then once password removed turn it off and put the jumper back to its original position.<br /><br /><b>Removing the CMOS Battery to reset the BIOS to default</b><br /><br />Switch off your computer, and open up the case. You'll see a circular metallic silver item on motherboard. This is called CMOS Battery. Remove it carefully, and leave it out for about 2 minutes. This act will remove the CMOS memory which contains BIOS password. Set the CMOS battery back and switch on the computer. Restore the CMOS configuration as default. Your BIOS password has been cleared now. <br /><br /><b>Using third party software utility to reset BIOS password</b><br /><br />To reset BIOS you can use third party software like Kill CMOS which wipes out CMOS, or CmosPwd which is a BIOS utility. Hiren's Boot CD has a few programs including the above two that will help you to reset the password. Here is a link to Hirens Boot CD website <a href="http://www.hirensbootcd.org/">http://www.hirensbootcd.org/</a>. To download the latest version, click on the Download link on the left side and go to the last page. You will need a CD writer to put the content on a blank CD.

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BIOS Password is stored in CMOS and retained by power provided by the CMOS (Coin-cell) Battery.
To Reset the BIOS Password, Remove the CMOS (Coin-cell) Battery from the motherboard for five minutes and restart the system. This will load the factory default settings and the password would be gone. Re-install the battery after the password is reset.

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OUt of warrenty and need to restore settings/computor.I cant log on in administor account. cant even create an administor account. can you help?


If this is Windows XP, have a friend download and burn the Ophcrack bootable CD. Boot it and follow the directions. If your password is no longer than eight characters, then it will recover your password for you. Results head south when passwords are both longer and more securely structured, especially in Vista, but I've had only one "lost XP password" it could not locate for me in quite some time.

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Hi bgreenejr,

Are you referring to the BIOS or OS?

If you’re referring to the BIOS settings, you can do this by accessing it and selecting "set to factory default" from the menu. The most common way to access it is by pressing the DEL button upon boot up; there are however, a lot of branded PC and laptops may use a different button like F2 or F12, etc; if you’re BIOS is locked, of course you’ll need the password to log-in.

Another and common method of resetting it to factory default is by shorting the CMOS reset jumper located in your motherboard, usually it’s the closest jumper to the battery or the CMOS chip. This does not require any password, actually this is the method used if you forget your BIOS password. I would suggest that you consult your motherboard or computer’s documentation on how to locate the CMOS reset jumper on it.

If you are referring you your operating system, the only sure way to reset it to default settings is if you do a clean install, that means re-formatting your pc and re-doing everything again, kinda messy, unless you can do a system restore that would revert it back to the original date and time when you first install the system, . Hope this helps

Cheers and best regards,

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