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I bought a 2nd hand computer,it has xp professional,it was used by a company.it is protected by user name and password,which when entered still wont allow access for windows to start up,what do i do

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  • gav2774 Sep 01, 2010

    still not working

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Start the computer in SAFE mode (pressing F8 at startup and select Safe Mode)
There will be a Administrator account that usually has no password.
Click on that one and once you log in, you can remove the password on the other account, or delete, or create a new account.
Good luck.

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  • Frank Sep 02, 2010

    You can get back to the company where you bought it from and ask them for the password.

    Another option would be performing a Repair Install of Windows XP. Doing it this way, you'll get to keep all the applications installed and the data as well.

    You'll need an Windows XP Installation CD for this.

    Hope this helps

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