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    bypass password

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    by princeaddict74 ·

    hi there. i got a free computer at a yard sale and it says i need a password.it has the user name already filled in, but i cant get into the system. its windows 2001 professional. i have no way of getting the password – can anyone help? do i have to buy new hard drive?

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    • #2913272

      Clarifications

      by princeaddict74 ·

      In reply to bypass password

      Clarifications

    • #2913257

      Best bet…

      by jellimonsta ·

      In reply to bypass password

      Do you have an install CD for the OS? You laptop most likely came with an OEM license for the OS. you should note that from # the bottom of the laptop, and insert the CD and restart your laptop to reinstall the OS.
      If it was a free laptop, it most likely has OEM Windows 98 or ME. The owners of the laptop should have wiped the OS prior to giving the system away.

    • #2913236

      Offline password editor might recover/reset the password.

      by sdrucker ·

      In reply to bypass password

      http://video.techrepublic.com.com/2422-14075_11-207247.html

      Otherwise, you will probably need to reinstall the operating system.

    • #2913226

      You need to install the OS after wiping the HDD

      by oh smeg ·

      In reply to bypass password

      +Use Boot & Nuke to wipe the HDD so that you do not run the risk of getting a call from the Police for Identy Thieft

      http://tinyurl.com/Boot-Nuke

      Then with the System Makers Recovery Disc you can install the OS to a Factory Fresh Install with all the software that came with the Computer New.

      If you do not have the Recovery Disc you can buy this from the System Maker for a few $. You can ring up the System Maker and order a Replacement Recovery Disc and when it arrives you can then proceed to install the OS.

      If you want to have a try with Linux you can first wipe the HDD and then you can use something like Ubuntu available free from here

      http://tinyurl.com/2cm3o5

      That will give you some idea of how the real world uses computers.

      Col

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