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By dmcoxe ·
I have a Windows95 PC that was passworded by original owner, and password has been lost. Any attempt to change hardware settings requires password. Can I get around this by disabling the Password Caching using Windows Policy Editor tool? If not is there a workaround short of re-installing Windows 95?

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by JeffL In reply to Disabling Windows 95 pass ...

It sounds to me like you aren't asking about a BIOS password. If you are, I think the answer has already been given. If you are talking about a permissions (policy) thing, here's what I have about it...

Make sure you have the file POLEDIT.EXE
Boot to safe mode to bypass the policies OR
if your Win95 has been modified, boot from a DOS disk.

Run POLEDIT. You should be able to build a new policy or at least remove the old policies (.pol files) giving yourself full access. Beware that some people who were paranoid enough to impliment policies also ran POLEDIT from a floppy so you couldn't do any of this.

Hope this helps!

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by Ecomboy In reply to Disabling Windows 95 pass ...

yeah go with gary.yorks reply first.

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by sverker.nordlander In reply to Disabling Windows 95 pass ...

You do not tell wether the PC requires the password when booting (i.e. a BIOS password) or when starting Windows. If it is a BIOS password, many (not all) of the motherboards overwrites the BIOS password when you load BIOS defaults. To do this get into BIOS setup when staring the computer by pressing the suggestad key (usually F8 or Del, it's displayed at booting). If this is not an option, there is usually a jumper on th motherboard that resets the data. Before you do this make sure you have amanual for the motherboard/BIOS.
If the prompt for pasword appears then the PC is starting Windows, the problem is much easier. Then staring up press F? to get to startup options, select command mode or MS-DOS only and at the prompt look for the file ending with .pwd (such as mike.pwd) and delete it. Then reboot and the system will recreate a new passwordfile with your input. If you do not want a password, just leave it blank and the system will not ask for password any more. You can always later introduce passwor

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by roccadeer In reply to Disabling Windows 95 pass ...

Your question is ambiguous. Is your problem 1. a hardware password = a BIOS password or a 2.Windows95 password?
Solution 1: open the computer and try to remove the BIOS battery. Make sure your PC is not connected to the electricity outlet.
Disconnecting the battery makes the BIOS settings fall back to default without a password. Other settings are also default !!

2. The WIN95 password does not protect a lot. It only remembers the userrelated settings on the PC. In system.ini or win.ini (I always forget which one) you will find the name of the original owner. Remove this entry. This entry refers to a file which also has the name of the original owner. Remove this file.

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by PhiltheGreat In reply to Disabling Windows 95 pass ...

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The information in this article applies to:

- Microsoft Windows 95
- Microsoft Windows 95 OEM Service Release version 2
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SYMPTOMS
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When password caching is disabled, the Password tool in Control Panel still
displays the option to change the Windows password. Using this option may result
in the error messages described in the following article in the Microsoft
Knowledge Base:

Q137826 Disabling Password Caching and Changing Passwords

CAUSE
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If password caching is disabled, technically there is no Windows password.
Attempting to change the Windows password or synchronize it with other passwords
while password caching is disabled may result in error messages.

RESOLUTION
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This issue is resolved by the following updated file for Windows 95 and OSR2,
and later versions of

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