How to get around the boot up password forgotten

By wpgcbx ·
My son closed his business and gave me one of his computers. He allowed his employees to put passwords on the computers without him knowing their passwords. He gave me one of these computers, a Dell Optiplex 150. I cannot use it because I do not know the password and he cannot contact the former employee, who may not even remember the password. The operating system is Windows 2000. I tried getting into the bios and changing the password, but that's apparently a different password and does not change the boot up password. I tried booting up in Safe Mode, but it still wants the password before gaining assess to the PC. I ended up reformatting the HD which solved the problem. I would delete this post if I knew how.

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TR members do not assist password recovery.

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How to get around the boo ...

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So if you grab the Recovery CD supplied by Dell you can blow away everything loaded onto this computer and start off fresh with a As New Software Install.

If you didn't get the Recovery Disc contact Dell and get them to send you one out. There will be a small charge involved but it is just that a small Charge.


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by The Altruist In reply to How to get around the boo ...

(Not the answer you're expecting from me)

A Dell Optiplex 150? I used to work on those for a school district. They're junk and 7-8 years old to boot.

As an aside, stay the **** away from 270's and 280's unless you like re-soldering capacitors. (The 270's more-so.)

Do yourself a favor and turn it into a plant holder, door stop, paper-weight, dog bowl, etc.

Then go buy a refurb for $100-200.

I used to work at this place in Houston. I didn't care for office politics , but having spent some time in the refurbishing department, I do trust the product for the price.
Here's a link.
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