Nov 27, 2007 - 05:20 AM
The first part is possible...all you need to do is boot from a CD or boot disk and you can install any OS, regardless of what's on the drive and not having the Windows password. That being said, YOU WILL LOSE EVERYTHING on the drive. It will be gone, kaput, bye by now...thanks for playing.
Now, onto the second problem - and this could actually become the resolution to the first question as well...
Most laptops will have the Certificate of Authenticity attached to the case somewhere which will have the valid License code for that installed copy of XP. A local computer repair shop should have a copy of XP lying around that they could reinstall from using your valid License. You see, having a "non-original" copy of XP is not a problem or a violation of copyright laws if you're using it to install/reinstall the operating system you own as indicated by the COA affixed to the machine.
But, before they (or you) reinstall the OS, Google around a bit for articles on recovering XP from a lost password. One that I've used in the past is:
As for the level of difficulty, it's not rocket surgery by any stretch of the imagination - just be patient and you'll be fine.
Let me know if this helps...
Nov 30, 2007 - 12:10 AM
Thanks for your quick response. I managed to find a boot cd and tried this but I think I need change the settings to tell the pc to use the cd rom as the first boot device, but I don't know how I can do this if I don't have the password. Is it possible? Thanks for your help.
Nov 30, 2007 - 12:18 AM
I recommend you dont change any other settings in BIOS if you dont know what you are doing.
Then follow ric's post.
Nov 30, 2007 - 07:22 AM
1. unplug the computer from the power outlet and try to turn it on (you should see a brief flash of life then the computer goes back off) this discharges any big capacitors.
2. touch the outside of the case before touching anything inside (so you don't static shock anything)
3. remember wher you've unplugged something from so you can put it back.
that said, once you have your computer open, look for a large button cell battery (it should be about the size of a nickel) and pop it out. then, nearby there should be a jumper pin. this is the hard part, because finding jumper pins are a bit like finding Waldo in those puzzles. what do they look like?
here's a picture:
also they should be connected with a little plastic thing as in the following connector:
note that in the first picture it says CMOS, you want to look for the same thing on your motherboard, it's usually only 3 pins long and should have a connector over 2 of them already.
what you want to do is take that plastic thing out and try to start the computer. shut the computer back down and replace the plastic connector and restart again, the bios' passwords should be removed. (you can't do this on a laptop)
in some configurations, the plastic connectors sits on pins 1&2 of 3 pins, you may need to put in on pins 2&3 to reset the bios.
DO NOT TAKE A JUMPER OUT AND PUT IT IN ON ANOTHER PART OF YOUR MOTHERBOARD keep the jumpers with the same group of pins.
Nov 30, 2007 - 07:23 AM
Nov 30, 2007 - 07:26 AM
Jan 10, 2010 - 06:34 PM
May 05, 2010 - 12:08 AM
If it is your own computer, I recommend you to reset Windows Password using Windows Password Unlocker.
1 . Download it from windows password unlocker Official site (http://www.passwordunlocker.com/produ...), and burn the Iso image file onto CD and reset the unknown password with the newly created CD.
2 . Then, Insert the newly created CD into the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.
3 . After launched the CD, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts) select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, this software can remove screen password instantly.
Aug 18, 2010 - 12:28 AM
Windows Password Key is such an efficient and safe windows password recovery tool,unlike othe tools,this is considered as the best tool to reset local administrator and user passwords on any Windows system.
All you need to do is go for Windows Password Key 8.0 official website and find out the step-by-step guide to reset your lost windows password.
Dec 20, 2010 - 06:33 PM
Aug 23, 2011 - 10:44 PM
Oct 24, 2011 - 07:46 PM
May 23, 2013 - 01:00 AM
The experience that I forgot windows password happened to me a few weeks ago.
My classmate recommend me to take use of Reset Windows Password utility - http://www.top-password.com/reset-win...,
which is very smart and just take me a short time to reset a newly password.