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Not sure I understand your poweron password issue. Is this within BIOS, or a program you installed in Windows? If BIOS, then I have found that BIOS/CMOS Password Recovery Tool can be effective.: Simply boot your PC to DOS and execute the program, and get access to forgotten BIOS/CMOS passwords biospasswordrecovery. com
THINKPAD BIOS AND POWER ON PASSWORD The BIOS password is configured from the BIOS setup and this password is stored on an 24RF08 EEPROM chip. There is no backdoor password available and IBM/Lenevo support says the motherboard needs to be replaced. Also removing the BIOS battery to discharge the BIOS and reset it to the default settings will not allow you to bypass this password. This also applies to the Power On Password and the Hard Disk Password. There is a way to crack the password but you need electronic skills, electronic components and several programs plus a working computer to carry out this task. For details on how to do this check this WEB site. http://sodoityourself.com/hacking-ibm-thinkpad-bios-password/
To change the password: Enter password and then go into security settings. Enter your password again and then you can change it to anything you like. Password settings can be found in Control Panel. Hope that helps.
is it a windows password or poweron password? you must be wondering what are they? windows password is when you have to enter the password to get into windows and before that you get to see the windows loading screen. poweron password is hard to crack, it will ask a password on a black screen saying Enter a Password, and the background will be completely black in color. if its a windows password, press the "Alt+Ctrl+Del" twice, you'll get a screen which will ask you a username and password. in the username and password type in, "Administrator" and password will be blank. hit enter. if it works, then for the rest of the steps, mail me at L2support.firstname.lastname@example.org
login password or startup password? Startup password can be bypassed by removing the CMOS battery on the motherboard, shorting the memory pins and replacing the battery and restarting.
If it is the login password, if you are on a domain the domain admin should be able to reset it; if not, did you create a password recovery disk? Is there more than one username on the laptop, and can one of those other users log in and reset your password?
Power on passwords are tough, but if you can get into the BIOS and set or make sure that your CD/DVD ROM drive is set before your IDE hard drive then you should be able to boot from a Windows installation CD, format the hard drive, and preform a clean install and start fresh. Otherwise personally I know of no way of hacking/recovering a Power on password, I don't even think removing the BIOS battery will do it as I believe it's stored in non volatile memory. But if not, removing the BIOS battery would be a last resort. Good Luck though.