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Previous user apparently password protected Windows.

When the computer boots up and the screen appears where you can click on a user name, there is a password required to get into Windows Vista. I bought this computer under the assumption it was brand new, so it may be just have been a floor model or something. Anyway, we do not know this password, nor do we have any type of recovery disc or anything. How can we get around this password? Is there a way to restore the computer to it's original settings without losing programs like Office that may have come with the computer? Thanks. The computer is an Acer Aspire AM1640-E1510B.

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  • knelsen9940 Jan 05, 2009

    Thank. Just one question, since I am somewhat computer illiterate. How do you get to the restore feature? Is there something during startup that you can access to do the restore?

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Well first off you can use the restore feature and it will only reinstall crucial windows files it won't mess with software that was already installed.

There are password recovery programs out there you would have to search for one and install the program onto a disc and boot of it (just follow the instructions)

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Click "Start" in the lower-left corner of the Windows home screen, then click "Help and Support." Click "Undo changes to your computer with System Restore" beneath "Pick a task." The "Welcome to System Restore" screen will appear on the screen.
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Click "Restore my computer to an earlier time," then click "Next."
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Choose a previous time to restore your computer to by clicking one of the bold dates on the calendar that appears on the screen, then click "Next." Click "Next" again when a dialog box appears asking you to verify the restore point. Your computer will be restarted and restored to the previous point you indicated. If restoring that point does not work, repeat the process and restore the computer to a previous point.

CD/DVD Drive Does Not Appear In My Computer

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Click "Toshiba Upper/Lower Limit Repair Tool" in the Resources section, then click the name of that same highlighted title in the Resolution section of the document to download the file. Save the file to your Windows desktop. The file name will be "RmvFltrs.exe."
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Click "RmvFltrs.exe" on the Windows desktop if you are using Windows XP to run the installer program for the software; if you are using Windows Vista, right-click "RmvFltrs.exe," then click "Run as Administrator." Click "Allow" if User Account Control asks you if you want to allow an unidentified program to access your computer.
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Restart your Windows XP or Vista computer to finalize the software installation. Your CD/DVD drive should appear in My Computer.

Display is Blank

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Press a key on your Toshiba Satellite laptop. This will wake the laptop up if it is sleeping.
8

Press "Enter." If you have set up a password protected screensaver on your computer, a dialog box will pop up asking you to enter your password. Enter your password and press "Enter" again to access the laptop. Your screen will be blank prior to press "Enter" because you did not choose a screensaver.
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Press the "Fn" and "F5" keys at the same time.You may have hit these buttons previously, causing the built-in laptop screen to go blank because the computer thinks the video is being sent to an external monitor. If you press the "Fn" and "F5" buttons and the display does not appear on the screen, press the buttons again to make sure your laptop screen is set as the default monitor.

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In Windows 7, the logon screen usually contains a picture that you choose when...


In Windows 7, the logon screen usually contains a picture that you choose when setting up the computer and a default user name. Since I purchased my computer from Best Buy, the picture was already set and the user name was simply User.
Not very unique! The first thing I did when I got my computer was to change the user name and change my user picture. That is what I’ll explain in this article.
Change User Name in Windows 7First, click on Start and then Control Panel. Then click on User Accounts and Family Safety.
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On the next screen, click on the User Accounts heading at the very top.

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Finally, click on Change your account name to actually change the user name. If you want to change the user name for a different account, click on Manage another account.5a8fcb6.png
Now type in the new user name that you desire and click the Change button.
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That’s it! Once you click Change, you’ll be back to the previous screen with a preview of the new login screen.
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Change User Picture in Windows 7To change the user account picture, simply click on the Change your account picture link in the second step above.
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You can either choose from the default pictures in Windows 7 or you can click the Browse for more pictures link. Once you have chosen the desired picture, click on the Change Picture button.
Change/Create User Password in Windows 7If you want to create a password for your user account or change the current password, click on the Change Windows password link.
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If you don’t already have a password setup for your user account, you can click on the Create a Windows 7 password for your account link, otherwise you can click Change your password.
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So those are the most common three tasks when managing user accounts in Windows 7.

on May 24, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Create and Change Password, Picture and User Name in Windows 7


In Windows 7, the logon screen usually contains a picture that you choose when setting up the computer and a default user name. Since I purchased my computer from Best Buy, the picture was already set and the user name was simply User.
Not very unique! The first thing I did when I got my computer was to change the user name and change my user picture. That is what I’ll explain in this article.
Change User Name in Windows 7 First, click on Start and then Control Panel. Then click on User Accounts and Family Safety.
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On the next screen, click on the User Accounts heading at the very top.
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Finally, click on Change your account name to actually change the user name. If you want to change the user name for a different account, click on Manage another account.
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Now type in the new user name that you desire and click the Change button.
51.png That’s it! Once you click Change, you’ll be back to the previous screen with a preview of the new login screen.
4.png Change User Picture in Windows 7 To change the user account picture, simply click on the Change your account picture link in the second step above.
5.png You can either choose from the default pictures in Windows 7 or you can click the Browse for more pictures link. Once you have chosen the desired picture, click on the Change Picture button.
Change/Create User Password in Windows 7 If you want to create a password for your user account or change the current password, click on the Change Windows password link.
7.png If you don’t already have a password setup for your user account, you can click on the Create a Windows 7 password for your account link, otherwise you can click Change your password.
8.png So those are the most common three tasks when managing user accounts in Windows 7.

on May 24, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How to get into password protected HP 110-1144NR netbook


The easiest way is contact the Previous Owner since you say you purchased it from them.

OK, if you are running Windows 7, Microsoft tightenedsecurity on it so you've got to have a password reset disk which 99% of thepeople who own laptops with windows 7 fail to do. It should be one of thefirst things you do when you buy the laptop. Otherwise, you're faced withreinstalling the Operating System or possibly doing a System Recovery.

If you're on Windows 7 or Vista try this:

Turn off the computer, then hit the power button to turn it back on andimmediately start hitting the F8 key repeatedly until you see the Safe Modeoption. Select SAFE MODE and let the computer boot up. When it getsto the User Login screen it will show the Administrator userid and the useridfor which you forgot the password. Sign in as the Administrator (hopefullyyou didn't put a password on it and forgot it too). Once the desktopappears it will look different, the screen will be darker and the icons bigger,but this is normal for safe mode.

Click Start/Control Panel/User Accounts
When the User Accounts screen opens, click on the userid for which you forgotthe password. Select the option to REMOVE PASSWORD.

Reboot your machine.

Mar 31, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Clear cmos


if you want to reset your password or your cmos


When you boot up to the log in screen type in administrator as user to log in if you cant log in

Restart your computer during the boot up process you will see on the screen for a short amount of time press a certain key to enter set up press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS scroll down to set user password or supervisor password you can change or remove your password from there

if this fails to remove your password


The most common way that we know on how to reset or clear the BIOS password is to physically remove the power from the computer by disconnecting the power plug and then removing the Cmos battery for 30 minutes from the motherboard. Another way is to reset the clear CMOS jumper on the motherboard itself. Both of the 2 methods mentioned works because most motherboards use a battery to sustain the BIOS/CMOS settings for the motherboards PROM chip. So by cutting off cmos the battery power, the BIOS/CMOS settings will be erased.


click start control panel Open User Accounts in Control Panel. On the Users tab, click the name of the user whose password you want to change, and then click Reset Password. In New password and Confirm new password, type the new password, and then click OK. Notes You can change passwords only for local computer accounts, such as guest, administrator, or accounts you create for your computer. You cannot change your network logon password in User Accounts. To change your own password, press CTRL ALT DELETE and then click Change Password
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if you are not the computer administrator and have not assigned a bios password during the boot up process you will see on the screen for a short amount of time press a certain key to enter set up Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS scroll down to set user password or supervisor password you can change or remove your password from there also click start control panel user accounts on the users tab,click the name of the computer administrator you must have full control can change the password there

hope this helps you


start a windows xp system up n safe mode then click on control panel ten user accounts then the specified user which is password protected and it allows you to change the password without knowing the original one. Restart the computer. Repeatedly press the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options screen appears. Select the Safe Mode option using the up and down arrow keys, then press the ENTER key. Choose "Windows XP Home/Professional", depending on the version of the operating system. Press ENTER. Shortly, the welcome screen should show.
Log in as "Administrator". Click Yes to not use System Restore Mode.
Click the Start button. Choose Run and type in "control userpasswords" (without the quotes). Click OK.
Select the "Administrator" user. Click Change my password. Enter a new password in the corresponding text boxes. Click OK. Write this password down and store it in a secure place. I do not recommend that a password hint be used.
Close the User Accounts window and restart Windows.
hope this helps you

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I need to reset my password on my Dell Studio 1535.I forgot what it was and cannot start up without


When you boot up to the log in screen type in administrator as user to log in if you cant log in

Restart your computer during the boot up process you will see on the screen for a short amount of time press a certain key to enter set up press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS scroll down to set user password or supervisor password you can change or remove your password from there

if this fails to remove your password


The most common way that we know on how to reset or clear the BIOS password is to physically remove the power from the computer by disconnecting the power plug and then removing the Cmos battery for 30 minutes from the motherboard. Another way is to reset the clear CMOS jumper on the motherboard itself. Both of the 2 methods mentioned works because most motherboards use a battery to sustain the BIOS/CMOS settings for the motherboards PROM chip. So by cutting off cmos the battery power, the BIOS/CMOS settings will be erased.


click start control panel Open User Accounts in Control Panel. On the Users tab, click the name of the user whose password you want to change, and then click Reset Password. In New password and Confirm new password, type the new password, and then click OK. Notes You can change passwords only for local computer accounts, such as guest, administrator, or accounts you create for your computer. You cannot change your network logon password in User Accounts. To change your own password, press CTRL ALT DELETE and then click Change Password
also
if you are not the computer administrator and have not assigned a bios password during the boot up process you will see on the screen for a short amount of time press a certain key to enter set up Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS scroll down to set user password or supervisor password you can change or remove your password from there also click start control panel user accounts on the users tab,click the name of the computer administrator you must have full control can change the password there

hope this helps you


start a windows xp system up n safe mode then click on control panel ten user accounts then the specified user which is password protected and it allows you to change the password without knowing the original one. Restart the computer. Repeatedly press the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options screen appears. Select the Safe Mode option using the up and down arrow keys, then press the ENTER key. Choose "Windows XP Home/Professional", depending on the version of the operating system. Press ENTER. Shortly, the welcome screen should show.
Log in as "Administrator". Click Yes to not use System Restore Mode.
Click the Start button. Choose Run and type in "control userpasswords" (without the quotes). Click OK.:
Select the "Administrator" user. Click Change my password. Enter a new password in the corresponding text boxes. Click OK. Write this password down and store it in a secure place. I do not recommend that a password hint be used.
Close the User Accounts window and restart Windows.:
hope this helps you:

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Tryed to install xp pro with sp2 included but gets as far as please insert xp2 disk ! so switch off as it wont accept and it does the same again 39 mins to go but wont go any thurther ...i have a new disk...


Boot Your Computer from the Windows XP CD
Turn the computer on. When the Dell logo screen appears, perform the following steps:
Press the key on the keyboard. (A Boot Menu appears.)
Insert the Windows XP Operating System CD into the CD Drive of your computer.
Press the key to highlight the first CD-Rom listing.
Press the key to boot from the Windows XP CD.
Press the to boot from the Windows XP CD when prompted. You will have only a few seconds, watch closely for the message. (The Windows XP installation begins.)
After several moments of initializing some modules, the Windows XP Setup screen appears.
Press the key on the keyboard. (The Windows XP Licensing Agreement appears.)
Press the key to agree and continue. (Setup searches for previous versions of Windows.)
Press the key if any previous versions of Windows are found. (The Windows XP Setup partition window appears.)
NOTE: If C: Partition2 [NTFS] is listed on the screen, complete all of the steps below. If you do not see the listing, you can skip to step * Press the key to create a new partition using the size listed..
Use the arrow keys to highlight the listing and then press the key.
Press the key to delete the partition.
Press the key to confirm deletion of the partition.
Use the arrow keys to highlight Unpartitioned space.
* Press the key to create a new partition using the size listed.
Press the key to start formatting with NTFS. Setup will examine the computer/copy files;
this may take some time.
During the graphical user interface phase of setup you will set the following options:
1. Regional and Language Options.
2. Computer Name (Windows XP Professional will also require an Administrator password to be created).
3. Personalize Your Software
4. Modem Dialing Information (if a modem is present).
5. Date and Time Settings.
When these are done, the computer will restart automatically. When the computer finishes restarting the Finishing Setup phase begins. You are required to input information during this phase.
1. Click the OK button at the Display settings window.
2. Click the Next button at the Welcome to Microsoft Windows window.
3. Click to select No, not at this time at the Ready to register with Microsoft window and then click the Next button.
4. Click to select No, not at this time at the Do you want to set up Internet access now? and then click the Next button.
5. Type the user name of your choice in the Your name: text box at the Who will use this computer? Type the name of any additional users who will use the computer in the additional text boxes provided and then click the Next button.
6. Click the Finish button at the Thank you!

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Forgot the password


Hold F8 on boot up, and boot into Safe Mode. There will be an Administrator account, which you can use to reset your account password.
If somehow the Administrator account is disabled, you can use alternative methods like: this, this and this.

Jun 11, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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IS THIS FREE? I CAN'T REMEMBER MY CURRENT PASSCODE TO GET BACK IN THIS $800 COMPUTER. I HAD IT OVER 2 YEARS AND NOW IT WILL NOT LET ME IN. I NEED FREE HELP.


If you have password protected your User account on your Windows XP system and can't remember the password(s) to Login. Whenever Windows XP is installed on a system, it creates a default account called "Administrator" and by default this account is not password protected. Therefore, if you bought a brand name computer (such as Dell, HP, Compaq or Sony)or you have installed Windows XP yourself. You should be able to Login to the computer through the Admin account.


Method One

Reboot your machine.


Press F8 before the Windows boot screen appears. Do not press F5 as used on the NT/9x ser of Windows. You will be be prompted with a boot options menu.


Select the Start Windows in Safe Mode option.


Click through several self-explanatory screens until your reach the familiar 'Welcome' screen.


Note that this welcome screen is limited to 256 colors and 640x480 resolution because the primary graphics will have been set to the Windows Safe Mode software VGA adapter. You will not be able to change this mode even in Display options, while Windows is running in Safe Mode.


Find the icon for the Administrator user. If the default settings of your system haven't been changed, there should be no password for this account.


The Safe Mode Welcome screen might display some of the other users on your system.


Login as the admin.


Press Yes at the prompt asking if you would like to continue using Safe Mode.


Continue on to the User Settings control panel. Here you can change any of the other passwords for user on the machine. Make any changes you want.


Reboot your computer. As long as you don't press any keys (e.g. F8) during the boot-up the computer will startup normally.


Login as the user for which you set the password.


If the above doesn

Mar 22, 2011 | Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 Notebook

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Dell c400 install Operating system and software


To reinstall Windows XP, perform all the steps in the following sections in the order in which they are listed.
The reinstallation process can take 1 to 2 hours to complete. After you reinstall the operating system, you must also reinstall the device drivers, virus protection program, and other software.
Booting From the Operating System CD Save and close any open files and exit any open programs.
Insert the Operating System CD. Click Exit if Install Windows XP message appears.
Restart the computer.
Press <F12> immediately after the DELL™ logo appears.
If the operating system logo appears, wait until you see the Windows desktop, and then shut down the computer and try again. Press the arrow keys to select CD-ROM, and press <Enter>.
When the Press any key to boot from CD message appears, press any key.
Windows XP Setup
When the Windows XP Setup screen appears, press <Enter> to select To set up Windows now.
Read the information on the Microsoft Windows Licensing Agreement screen, and press <F8> to accept the license agreement.
If your computer already has Windows XP installed and you want to recover your current Windows XP data, type r to select the repair option, and remove the CD.
If you want to install a new copy of Windows XP, press <Esc> to select that option.
Press <Enter> to select the highlighted partition (recommended), and follow the instructions on the screen.
When the Regional and Language Options screen appears, select the settings for your location and clickNext.
Enter your name and organization (optional) in the Personalize Your Software screen, and click Next.
At the Computer Name and Administrator Password window, enter a name for your computer (or accept the one provided) and a password, and click Next.
If the Modem Dialing Information screen appears, enter the requested information and click Next.
Enter the date, time, and time zone in the Date and Time Settings window, and click Next.
If the Networking Settings screen appears, click Typical and click Next.
If you are reinstalling Windows XP Professional and you are prompted to provide further information regarding your network configuration, enter your selections. If you are unsure of your settings, accept the default selections.
When the Welcome to Microsoft screen appears, click Next.
When the How will this computer connect to the Internet? message appears, click Skip.
When the Ready to register with Microsoft? screen appears, select No, not at this time and click Next.
When the Who will use this computer? screen appears, you can enter up to five users.
Click Next.
Click Finish to complete the setup, and remove the CD.
Reinstall the appropriate drivers with the Drivers and Utilities CD.
Reinstall your virus protection software.
Reinstall your programs.

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