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PC is LP Mini Tower TB3 Essential 450. PC is locked with password and password is unknown. How can PC be unlocked ?

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  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2010

    PC scrolls thru BIOS then goes to screen with Gateway Logo. Request for password box opens and nothing else happens.

    OS is Windows 98

  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2010

    OS is Windows 98. After turning on PC, it scrolls through BIOS and Gateway Logo appears. Immediately the Password box appears and I'm stuck there.

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    Do you see a login screen for Windows? or is the password before the OS starts up?

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    Please specify current OS.

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Generally, there is a CMOS clear jumper on the motherboard to reset the BIOS defaults. Take a look at this page and see if this is your motherboard: http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/INTEL/4000532/400053201.shtml
If it looks like it is (you'll have to open the computer case to find out), then go to that website and click on the System configuration jumper link, which explains how to reset the password.

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If the operating system is Windows XP or 2000, then restart the computer, press F8 before the loading screen (after BIOS) and select Safe Mode. Then login to the administrator's account. Click 'Start', and then 'Run'. Type "control userpasswords2" without quotes and press enter. Find your account on the list, click reset password, enter a new password, shutdown and switch back on.

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