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Lost Password My son has changed the password for family PC and cannot remember it, I do not have the operating disks because it was bought from a friend. It is a Dell Pc Desktop.

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  • gabriolek93 Feb 07, 2009

    did that but now PC doesn't boot gives options to 'strike F1 to reboot or F2 for setup utility

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Use F2 and check the BIOS settings (especially date / time and 'Boot' device order)

I believe the GX280 comes with Dell's 'hidden partition system restore ' = press & hold F12 or F14 (I don't recall which) at power on = where you will find the usual 're-install operating system' options ..

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You should be able to "wipe" the password by removing the system battery on the motherboard. Power off the sytstem and unplug it. Carefully open up the PC (make sure you are grounded = no static electricity) The large circuitry board is the motherboard. Now look for the "watch battery on steroids" - the battery is about the size of a penny or nickel. Take it out. You have effectively removed the BIOS memory. Put the battery back in and close up the system. Plug it back in and boot it up. There should be no password on your system now.

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Step 1: Click Start -> Control Panel -> Add or remove user accounts

Step 2: Choose the locked administrator account.

Step 3: Click Change the password or Remove the password. And then you can change or remove the lost or forgotten password.

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Step 3: Recover Windows 7 administrator password with nearly burned password recovery disk.

Step 4: Reboot your locked computer without a password required.

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