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By scubascotty ·
I have a computer I bought from a corporate upgrade. It is running Win95 and it was networked, so there is a password set. How can I get past this so I have a usuable computer? Here is what I have tried. I booted up to a command prompt and went intothe windows directory and deleted the pwl files that where created when the password was set, that did not work. Also I tried f8 safe mode, the problem is what do I do when I am in safe mode.995

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by clover252525 In reply to Locked out

Why not just reinstall Win95, or even better, Win98? Do an FDISK, reformat it and start from scratch. After all, it's the computer you want, not the data on it.

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by rogerndgreen In reply to Locked out

As well as agreeing totally with the first answer (it should get rid of any detritus anyway) after you had deleted the PWL files & rebooted, did it remain at the login box? You should have been able to put in any name & password to get through.
Ifthis didn't work (and you STILL don't want to reinstall from scratch) remove the network card (you don't say you are going to use this) and then in safe mode, remove all networking components in Control Panel, Networks. Then reboot.
Personally, I would say to **** with it & Fdisk.
HTH
Roger G

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by Tech010 In reply to Locked out

The question is not too clear, if you're logging in through safe mode, just check the network properties to see what services are installed. You probably have Client for netware networks or MSNetworks installed. The previous user may have also set apassword in the system BIOS, if this doesn't work, screw it, reinstall.

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by robin In reply to Locked out

There is a registry key that you need to change.

When in safe mode, load regedit.exe (If regedit is restricted, please e-mail me)
Go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Network \ Logon

You will find a key called 'MustBeValidated'
Change the value from1 to 0

This will fix the problem!!!

Cheers,

Rob

(robin@innocent.com)

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by NetTek In reply to Locked out

In addition to deleteing c:\windows\*.pwl, you must delete the entries from the System.ini file. Go to "Start", "Run", type in sysedit, hit "Enter". Go to the "System.ini" page. Delete all entries under [Password lists].

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