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Windows password bypass?

By protech ·
I just purchased a used PC, sight unseen. The Windows password is enabled. Is there a way to disable it? I'm thinking of just reinstalling Windows and that should reset it?

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by VinnyD In reply to Windows password bypass?

What version of windows are you talking about?

If it is Win 95/98 just press the Esc key when it asks for the password.

Go into Windows Explorer and find all the files called *.PWL in the windows folder and delete them.

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by protech In reply to Windows password bypass?

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by TheChas In reply to Windows password bypass?

The password function and requirement varies by the version of Windows, and what networking protocals are installed.

For Windows NT, there is no way around the password.

For most installations of Windows 9X, it will ask for a user name and password the first time you startup.
If you enter a user name, and NO password, the log-on will not appear the next time you boot up.

However, some networking protocals require a password.
Check Control Panel, networking.
For dial-up internet access, you need only the following protocals installed;

Client for Microsoft Networks
Dial-Up Networking
TCP/IP

If other protocals are installed, some of them may be why your system asks for a password.

If you are using a DSL or cable modem that is a "network" device, or have a NIC card installed in the system, that will also cause Windows 9X to require a password.

I think there are a couple of work-arounds posted at either www.aumha.org
or www.onecomputerguy.com

Chas

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Windows password bypass?

Hi,

If you're not interested in whats on the PC, then you can simply format it and start again "sight unseen".

Boot to DOS with a floppy (no password required for that...) and run fdisk over the disk to make sure its partitioned to your likingand reformated.

Then re-install whichever version of windows you were going to use.

Oh, If you're installing Win2K or better, then the bootable CD has all the tools on it for repartitioning and reformatting, so all you need to do is boot off the CD.

Of course, you may need to check the BIOS to make sure that the PC is set to boot from floppy and/or CD.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by Kuhlio In reply to Windows password bypass?

Hello. Depending on the version of Windows you have, there are a couple of different options. If it is Windows 9x, you press cancel when you are prompted for a password. From there, simply delete all files that have the .PWL extension.

If it is Windows NT/2000, there is one way of going around the password requirement. It means having to edit your registry though.

In RegEdit32, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Once there, fill in the following values with appropriate values:

DEFAULTDOMAINNAME
DEFAULTUSERNAME
DEFAULTPASSWORD

A couple of other notes, you need to have a defaultpassword string specified, otherwise the AutoAdminLogon feature will be disabled. Additionally, if you have it set not to show the last person logged on, the auto sign in feature will not work.

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