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password protected pc, how do I get in?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by gotmud?, Jan 7, 2003.

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    My bro-inlaw passed away yesterday and he had his pc set up to ask for a log in password on win 98,well now what do I do, no one know's the pass word? Thank's for any help folk's...
     
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    On Win98 you can just hit the ESC key to hop around it. there is no such thing as security on that OS. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
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    Thats not the bios is it? Just the log in right?
     
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    log in prompt before window's load's
     
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    I think
     
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    Need to know if it is the BIOS or Windows that requires a password. If it is Windows you can just click on cancel, if it's the BIOS you need to clear the settings then you can get in. Easy way to tell.. if it's the BIOS the screen will be black with white letters, in windows it will be in a GUI with a mouse pointer.
     
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    what's a GUI?
     
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    he did'nt know squat about puters so probably windows. log in.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your brother in law.

    I agree with sandman, hit escape when prompted at the log in screen. Also, if it's a BIOS password, it will prompt you almost immediately after turning on the machine, Windows password will go through most of the boot process, then give you a "Log in to windows" or similar prompt.

    If it's a dell and the BIOS is password protected, I think you need to call Dell to get into it, you can't defeat the BIOS password by resetting the bios (ask me how I know)...
     
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    Our computer here has a password prompt too and won't continue loading until i hit "Cancel"...there is no password needed on this machine and for the life of me I don't know why that prompt comes up.

    Rene
     
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    Right-click on the network nieghborhood icon, and click properties. There should be a drop down menu with something like primary logon or something like that. Change that around and see if any of those help. If not, then maybe pull out the "client for Microsoft Networks" if it's loaded (same place, just above the drop down menu).
     
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    If I remember correctly the one time I tried to start it about a month ago it was a black screen when it promted for a password. don't remember window's loading at all, PS: it's a gateway
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    Sorry to hear about your brother in law.

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    Thank's, He was only 48, had bronchitis and we think he choked in his sleep, pretty scary
     
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    Look like you might have to rest the Bios then. Look around for a manual on the mother board in the computer. It should tell you what pins you need to jump to reset it on the motherboard. Its not really a big deal to do this. Good luck. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    If you can't find the manual or if you want to do it the "old fashioned" way just look for a small battery on the Motherboard (looks like a Quarter) and pull it out, wait for 10 seconds and put it back.

    TAADAA! Now everything is reset to defaults.

    When the computer boots, it may boot up just fine or you may need to get into the BIOS (you should see a message telling you to press DEL or F10 or something like that) and set some things up by hand.


    Good Luck!
     
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    Oh yeah! I forgot about that one. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    you can't defeat the BIOS password by resetting the bios

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    How did you find that out? /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
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    We had a guy leave the company that had a lot of data on his machine. He thought he would screw us by passwording the bios, and didn't understand the component relationship, so though we'd have to wipe the data to get past the password. I reset the bios a dozen times, pulled the battery, did just about everything but jump up and down on the machine, then decided to call Dell. Even though the box was out of warranty (which is why I didn't call in the first place), the tech support guy walked me through breaking the password. There are a couple wierd key combos to hold down to get it to respond with characters, from which the Dell tech can decode and reset the password. Apparently it was designed not to be so easily defeatable at the hardware level.
    There turned out to be nothing on the machine worth protecting anyway. I think he was trying to spite us...
     
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    I guess if you had to, You could put the hardrive into another machine. I've done that more than once.
     
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    Very true, but we didn't need the data at that moment as much as a usable machine... Bios passwords are a nuisance I never recommend except on some laptops (in case they lose the machine). Although for Win98 machines, I guess it is a slightly stronger form of security.
     

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