Getting locked out of your Gateway computer can be
frustrating, especially when you have school or work deadlines.
You can get locked out of your Gateway computer in cases where a
password-protected screensaver became corrupt, or if the you have set the default
screensaver to use a screensaver that does not exist.
Gateway computers come with Microsoft Windows XP and 2000, including the
professional versions of both.
Knowing how to unlock your a Gateway computer can save you
time and irritation.
Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" keys on your
keyboard simultaneously to unlock your Gateway computer.
Type the last logged-on user's login information and click
"OK" if you see a locked computer message along with "Only
domain/username or an administrator can unlock this computer."
Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and
"Delete" keys once again when you see the Unlock Computer window
Log on as usual.
Shut down the locked Gateway computer by using the Microsoft
Windows Resource Kit Shutdown tool. This tool shuts down and restarts a Windows
2000- or NT 4.0-based Gateway computer. Note the dialog box that comes up
called System Shutdown.
Wait for the shutdown timer to run out and see the Welcome
to Windows box displayed on the screen.
Press "Ctrl," "Alt" and
"Delete," which unlocks the computer.
Log onto your Gateway computer normally.
Method 3: Backup, Modify and Restore the Registry
Click "Start" and "Run," then type in
the command below in the field box exactly as printed:
Click "Create a Restore Point," then click
"Next" on the Welcome to System Restore page that appears.
Type any name for the restore point, then click
"Create" on the Create a Restore Point page. Click "Close"
after creating the restore point.
Perform this procedure before you make changes to the
registry, just in case you make an error; otherwise, incorrect registry changes
could create serious problems with your computer.
Click "Yes" if you receive a prompt to turn on
System Restore at this point.
Clear the "Turn Off System Restore" check box by
clicking on it, then click "OK," and repeat.
Click "Start," then type "regedt32.exe"
(without the quotes) in search field box to modify the registry and unlock the
computer. Press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.
Locate the scrnsave.exe value under the registry key below:
Click "String" on the Edit menu, type
"logon.scr" (without the quotes), then click "OK."
Look for the ScreenSaverIsSecure value, then click
"String" on the Edit menu, type "0," then click
Quit the Registry Editor
Click "Start" and "Run," then type the
command below exactly as printed to restore the registry, then click
Click "Restore My Computer to an Earlier Time" on
the Welcome to System Restore page, then click "Next."
Note your computer may already be selected to restore to an
earlier time--in this case, just click "Next."
Click the system checkpoint on the Select a Restore Point
Click "Guided Help (Registry Backup)," then click
"Next" on the "On This List Select the Restore Point" area.
Click "OK" if you see a System Restore message
listing all the configuration changes it will make.
Click "Next" when you come to the Confirm Restore
Point Selection page.
System Restore will now restore the Windows XP configuration
you had at an earlier time, and then it will restart your Gateway computer.
Log onto your computer as usual, and then click
"OK" when you see the System Restore Confirmation page.
Restart your computer
repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once
in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse
allowing you to attempt to repair your computer
Windows Advanced Options Menu
Please select an option:
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Start Windows Normally
Return to OS Choices Menu
Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight
to your choice
select safe mode with command prompt
Click start run type cmd press Enter
black screen should open DOS mode
this will vary depending on your operating system
type in net user username
For eg. If you want to change administrator password
, type net user Administrator
It will prompt you to enter the new password.
Enter the new password and the password is changed
if this fails you will need to
Select safe mode with networking to download
you could download all of these or just one save them
to a usb drive for later use if one fails to remove the password
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