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Password protected computer

I have an older HP desktop system that I haven't used in a about four years. I wanted to hook it up for my son to use but when I got it all hooked up and turned it on, it was password protected. I come up as the lone user of the computer and for the life of me I can't remember what I set as my password. I have tried all the passwords I have used now and in the past and they are all incorrect. Is there any way to bypass the password screen so I can access and use this computer???

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  • witchywoman9 Jan 14, 2009

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Assuming it's a Windows computer...

Try loggin in as "administrator" - maybe you didn't put a password on it.

Here's a page with a list of possible tools.

Consider this - if you haven't used the computer in 4 years, why not just reinstall window on it - it's way out of date, and you probably won't miss any data on it. Just a thought

Good luck

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