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Administrator Password at boot up

By jimboguthery ·
I have a compaq laptop. Had to reformat harddrive. Installed xp pro completely. When laptop starts for first time it immediately asks for administrator password. I believe it is in the bios and it is somehow protected to where I can not locate it in the bios. Is there a way to remove or correct this issue. I would like to be able to use the laptop again.

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ask the guy you stole it from

by DownRightTired In reply to Administrator Password at ...

do you not remember setting it? good luck getting an answer but you can always google the service manual for it see if theres a password jumper or try resetting the cmos by taking battery out for 10 mins.

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Not Stolen

by jimboguthery In reply to ask the guy you stole it ...

Laptop is bosses wife. She can not find any of original software. Just trying to help them out. It is not a bios password, it is a administrator password for xp pro.

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Have you tried leaving the password blank?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Administrator Password at ...

Reformatting a hard drive and reinstalling XP would not affect the BIOS. Is the BIOS asking for a password (usually a simple box on a black screen) or is XP asking for the password (fancy graphics, XP logo, etc.)?

if it's XP asking for the p/w, the default password for the XP Administrator account is a blank or null password. Try leaving the password blank and clicking OK.

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Two seperate passwords for Bios

by collett.sean In reply to Have you tried leaving th ...

There are two different passwords that can be set in the bios. 1. Standard Cmos password which can be reset by a jumper or removing the cmos battery. 2. Administrator password, and as far as I know, no way to crack that one. IBM's have a hard drive password that can be set, not sure on Compaq.

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Yeah, but is he seeing a BIOS password prompt?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Two seperate passwords fo ...

Since he wiped the drive and reinstalled XP, I'm betting he's seeing an XP login prompt with the XP Admininstrator username already displayed. There is no way just reinstalling the OS would configure a BIOS Admin p/w. Unless he did more than the initial post says...

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No BIOS password prompt

by jimboguthery In reply to Yeah, but is he seeing a ...

You have it correct. It is asking for XP Adininstrator password. Do you have any ideas?

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password

by jimboguthery In reply to Two seperate passwords fo ...

It is the second of the two choices. Administrator Password.

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XP Administrator account

by jimboguthery In reply to Have you tried leaving th ...

Yes it is asking me for administrator password. It opens all the way up to windows, but then asks for administrator password.

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Administrator Pasward of Window XP

by rashi_raja In reply to XP Administrator account

I want to locate the administrator pasward. When my operating system loged on it requires an administrator pasward besides i have also a restricted account which i am using at this time but i needs to locate an administrator pasward. Waiting for your reply

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You''ll be waiting until the next millenium !!...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Administrator Pasward of ...

There are TWO reasons why you'll spend an eternity waiting for an answer:-

#1 You've dropped your brand new question right smack-bang in the middle of a thread that's well over a year old!

#2 We, the members of TechRepublic - A Resource for IT Professionals, will not assist anyone in the recovery/removal of lost passwords. You may have a legitimate reason to recover/remove a password. However, we cannot verify your motives and will therefore not assist anyone in what may be an attempt at gaining unauthorized access to a computer system. Due to the open nature of this forum, any assistance given to help circumvent security measures, even for legitimate purposes, would be available for unscrupulous individuals to use for illegitimate purposes. This is a risk that we, the members of TechRepublic, will not take. Please do not ask questions of this nature on TechRepublic.

If you have a legitimate need to circumvent a password scheme, please contact the vendor for the software / hardware and request their assistance. E.g. Windows XP password recovery/removal issues should be taken up with Microsoft's technical support, Phoenix BIOS password recovery/removal issues should be taken up with Phoenix Technologies, hard drive password recovery/removal should be taken up with the manufacturer of the hard drive, etc...

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