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Need to know more? Is it a cmos password or getting into Windows password.

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Machine demand password at start

It is asking for Power On Password. Have you added any password on bios and enabled the Power On Password service ?
If yes then you have to remember the password.

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Need to reset the power on password on a compaq presario cq62 can't get pass the first screen. as soon as i start up the computer get the screen enter password.

These WEB sites can help you remove the Power On and BIOS password.
PC BIOS toolkit is a password removal/decrypt and BIOS settings modification/backup/restore.
CMOSPwd - CMOS password recovery tools
Using a computer with Internet access, download the files from these WEB sites and create a bootable CD disc to run them.

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If this is a power-on password you need to get around, try the following:

1. Power down your system.
2. Power on the system.
3. Tap F8 as the system powers on.
4. Choose "Start Windows in Safe Mode with Networking" (or any "Start Windows in safe-mode" option. Networking just gives you internet support).
5. When the windows login screen appears, you may have another account available called Administrator.
6. Click on the Administrator account.
7. When the desktop comes up, go to START > Control panel > Users and Accounts
8. You should be able to find your normal account you login into.
9. Depending on the settings, you may be able to view information within the Users and Accounts control panel. I believe there is a way to view passwords, or remove passwords from accounts from within the Administrator level Users and Accounts control panel.
10. Locate your account and view the settings. You should be able to remove or view your password. (Circumstance varies in this regard, as the results depend on whether the administrator level of the control panel has been restricted or the options modified in any way previously).
11. When you are finished, power down the system normally.

If there is no Administrator account when the windows login screen appears after starting in safe mode, this feature is disabled and you can not access the administrator account from a safe-mode start-up.

Jan 10, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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When I switch the laptop on it says power on password

It seems you entered a Power ON password, If you remember please enter it or if not then you need to visit nearest Service Provider.
You can try Enter when it ask for the password. Or if possible Go to BIOS and disable the Power On password.

Sep 23, 2010 | HP Compaq nx6110 PC Laptop

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Power-on password forgotten! How can the computer be started?

The Power on Password is set from the BIOS configuration. Ask that person who borrowed your Compaq for the password. Once you have this password, you can enter the BIOS configuration and remove/disable this password.
Depending how old you Compaq is, removing the BIOS battery and main battery for 15+ mins may remove this password and restore the BIOS to the factory default (insert both batteries again) and configure the BIOS Date and Time etc.
BUT if the the password is stored on an EEPROM chip then removing will not fix this problem. There are no backdoor passwords available.

Nov 19, 2009 | HP Compaq nx6110 PC Laptop

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Asking for password on boot up password not known,after three attempts massage is system halted

Sounds to me as if there is a power on password set, can you get into the bios? try pressing <delete> or F2, if it asks for a password then you will need one to access the CMOS, within the CMOS is an Administrator password as well as a power on or user password, those have to be cleared in order to boot or the proper password entered at start up in order to continue the boot process

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I can not remember my password.what do i have to do to unlock my laptop?

if you are running windows vista,use the vista disk and do a password recovery,if it's Xp you will need a password recovery program.

Aug 02, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Power on password

If this is a Windows password, then you will need to enter safe mode at start up by pressing F8. Once you're in safe mode, log on as administrator, from here you can clear any user passwords. Now if this is a bios password, then you will need to contact Compaq support.

Jul 15, 2008 | HP Compaq nx6310 Notebook

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Power-on password

If this is a Windows password, then you will need to enter safe mode at start up by pressing F8. Once you're in safe mode, log on as administrator, from here you can clear any user passwords. Now if this is a bios password, then you will need to contact Compaq support.

Jul 15, 2008 | HP Compaq nx6310 Notebook

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Have forgotten password and need to change to a new one.

Bios password or windows password

if bios password
  1. Turn off power
  2. disconnect power cord
  3. open case
  4. remove button cell battery
  5. press power on button to dissipate any voltage
  6. put button cell back in
  7. plug in cord
  8. reboot
  9. cmos checksum error, enter bios, set date,time,etc
If windows
password is unknown

  1. press F8 on boot
  2. select safe mode
  3. log into Administrator account
  4. no password
  5. go to start, settings, control panel, users,
  6. select your account, select change password.

Apr 01, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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