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I bought a Dell 4300 with Windows XP. Everything seems to start up fine but it asks for a password to log in. can I restore the whole system without the password?

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If your machine has a recovery partition. Take a look at this procedure: http://techtips.salon.com/manually-access-dell-restore-partition-2648.html

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SOURCE: dell dimension 4300 forgot main password

Get a motherboard manual from Dell.com.
Look for jumper 1.
remove jumper 1.
Power on.
Wait till PC powered on then power off.
Replace jumper.
this will reset ALL BIOS setting including password.
Please let me know if this helps.

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disable all integrated devices, change boot sequence to cd drive & then try to reinstall....

Posted on Jul 06, 2008

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SOURCE: Dell Optiplex GX150 Factory Settings Restore Partition...

This is from the Dell support site. You were correct in pressing ctrl+f11 but perhaps you did not press at the correct time. If in following these first two steps you do not get the recovery console, it may not have been installed on your computer.



1 Turn on the computer.
2 When the Dell splash screen appears during the computer startup process, press and hold <Ctrl> and then press <F11>. Then, release both keys at the same time.
3 In the Dell PC Restore by Symantec window, click Restore. Alternatively, press <Tab> to highlight Restore, and then press <Enter>.
4 When a warning message appears stating that all data will be lost, click Confirm, or press <Tab> to highlight Confirm and then press <Enter>.

The Progress window will appear. Once the restore process starts, Dell PC Restore by Symantec usually takes about 8 to 10 minutes to finish.

When the restore process is complete, the following message will appear:
The system recovery process was successful.
5 Click Finish or press <Tab> to highlight Finish and then press <Enter> to restart the computer.
The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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SOURCE: wont allow me to choose system restore, it will only highlight reboot

Hello, I highly suggest reinstalling Windows XP. Backup all of your files onto an External Harddrive. Then use a windows XP CD and reinstall windows XP. Its very simple. I suggest googling the instructions, and printing them. System restore is a very limited feature in windows. I don't suggest it anyways, it has a very low success rate. Besides, system restore does not fix a computer after a virus. It will simply restore a few settings, such as printers, and this and that.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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SOURCE: operating system will not load

Hi,
If all the diagnostics have passed. This means the problem is more or less a software conflict and that too a driver issue. Two things you can do.

1. remove all the memory sticks from the computer
2. Reinsert only one stick of memory, if you have only one try it in a different slot
3. Then power on the system

Kindly post back the results


Thanks
Proton

Posted on Jun 09, 2009

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I have a latitude D620. and i just bought it and had to transfer ownership with dell just to get passed the bio password. now there is a windows log in that needs a password and i dont know the original...


Hi

please try this


press the power up key and keep pressing the F8 key until
the safemode box comes up
then choose safemode with networking
then click the name administrator if its there
or any other name that is a administrator without a password
if and when you are on the desktop and everything is loaded
go to
start
settings/control panel
user accounts
change an account or create an account as an administrator
click on the account name which is causing the problem
click on remove password
now you can either leave the account without a password
or create a new password or delete the other account completely
your choice


please let us know if this has helped you
so that we may be able to help others

many thanks

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How do you reset a lost windows XP administrator password?


This tutorial will only work in windows xp.

On start up (before Windows loads),Immediately press F8 simultaneously.Click on "Safe Mode".When you are asked to log in, log in to "Administrator" (shouldn't have a password).Go to "Control Panel" by clicking on the START button.Go to "User Accounts".

Look for the account and either delete the password or change it.
step 2:
insert xp cd and boot ur system in bootable xp cd
then go to second repair option .After system restart 39 min remaining At the press shift f10 .At the prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. Voila! You have just gained graphical access to your User Accounts in the Control Panel,change the password and run the repair setup.Now your administrator password changed


Follow the steps below to quickly find the administrator password on your computer!


1. Try leaving the password blank. More often than not, the Administrator password doesn't exist at all! Just press Enter without typing anything when asked for it.
2. Enter the password to your account. Often times, depending on how Windows XP was setup on your computer, the primary user account will also be the administrator user account.
3. Recover Windows XP administrator password using Windows Password Key. Windows Password key is a program reset any Windows password without reinstalling the OS.
4. Perform a clean installation of Windows XP. This is a last resort option. This type of installation will completely remove Windows XP from your PC and install it again from scratch. If you're just curious about your administrator password, I wouldn't suggest this extreme solution.

However, if you're needing the administrator password to access diagnostic tools and this is your last effort to save your PC, performing a clean install will work. Keep in mind that it is a time consuming process due to the fact that all of your data must be backed up and then later restored.
More information and Tutorial to password from lost windows password website.

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You can restore your system in your safe mode.
To use System Restore to restore Windows XP to a previous state, follow these steps:
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  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. System Restore starts.
  3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
  4. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next.

    Note A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
  5. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
  6. Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Restoration Complete page is displayed.
  7. Click OK.
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Hello,

This works with windows XP or Vista-

Windows Vista Repair through DVD Windows Vista comes with a very handy feature from Windows ME days -- System Restore. Vista's System Restore is far more sophisticated than its previous iterations and can be of a real help here. 1. Just pop in the Vista DVD, make sure your BIOS is able to boot (start) from DVD-ROM first.
2. Press any key to boot from DVD when asked.
3. Set the Language to install, Time and currency format and Keyboard or input method
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5. Click System Restore, and then click Next.
6. Click the restore point that was a day before you changed the password, and then click Next.
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Log in as Administrator and undo the system restore.

How to undo a system restoration after you perform a System Restore loadTOCNode(2, 'moreinformation'); You may have unintentionally restored Windows XP to a previous configuration that you do not want. To undo the restoration, follow these steps:
  1. Log on to Windows as Administrator.
  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. System Restore starts.
  3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Undo my last restoration, and then click Next.

    Note A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
  4. On the Confirm Restoration Undo page, click Next. System Restore restores the original Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
  5. Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Undo Complete page appears.
  6. Click OK. You can now run System Restore again from a different restore point.

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