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By protech ·
I have purchased a used PC, sight unseen, from a reputable individual, a family friend. It has the Windows password set. How can I disable the password without knowing it? I was thinking of just reloading the Windows OS, which should reset it to null. Is this correct?

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by VinnyD In reply to Windows password reset?

If you reformat the disk and then reload windows, yes the password will be gone.

If you have win95 or win98, just press the Esc key when the login appears and asks for the password.

Use the windows explorer to find the files with the extensionPWL that will be in the \windows folder and delete them.

Then there will be no passwords.

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by jeremyrem In reply to Windows password reset?

whats the user name??

go into the windows directory
C:\Windows
look for *.pwl files and delete those - boom no more password

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by bock2000 In reply to Windows password reset?

The others are correct with deleting the pwl files from the windows dir. One thing to add is if you do not want to have a login, and have it load right to the desktop, after you delete the pwl files and restart type in a username and leave the password blank and hit ok. After that the login box will not appear unless you do a logoff instead of a shutdown.

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by mmartinez108 In reply to Windows password reset?

All you have to do is hit the esc key and once you're in you can do a search for *.pwl The pwl file are password list files. Once you delete it you won't that problem. Also you can go delete the profile under c:\windows\profiles\(username). I hope that this helps you out.

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