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Removing a Power-on password?


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#1 wicky

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 07:19 PM

My daughter just gave me her old computer. She put in a power on password and while I do know what it is, I would like to know how to remove that as it's a pain for me to mess with constantly.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 05:29 AM

Sometimes if you just PRESS RETURN for the password it deletes it...

Have you tried that??

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:01 AM

Not sure what you mean by "return". I have tried 'enter' and 'backspace' and they don't do anything. I need to actually go in and disable the password mode.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:51 AM

I'm trying to work out what this power on password is. There can be a BIOS password but you only need that if you enter the BIOS.

When you install Win98 there is an option to use a password to login to Windows thats where you don't type anything in just press enter and it never asks for it again. Now this password is store in a file in the Windows folder but I can't remember the exact name of it at the moment, it has a *.pwl extension. If you start the computer up while holding the Ctrl key down you will see the boot menu, Select Command Prompt Only. Type in cd windows and enter (this changes to the Windows folder) then type in DIR *.pwl that will list all files in that folder with a pwl extension there is only one normally.

You can either rename that file e.g. ren user.pwl user.txt and press enter or you can delete it del *.pwl and press enter. Then restart the computer.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:51 PM

This may be useful

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257485
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:52 PM

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I do know what the password is, I am not locked out of the computer. I would just prefer not having to go through this every time I want to use the computer.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 08:43 PM

follow the instructions here

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/152104
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 09:15 PM

That is not a Windows password. That password needs to be disabled in the BIOS. The procedure is different depending on which BIOS you have.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:57 PM

If you post which model of Compaq you have we could be more specific.

However in general you need to go into the bios and clear the password settings.

There is another way but you would need to know if there are any special settings needed in the bios as it would reset them back to defaults. This requires some minor disassembly presuming it to be a desktop. A laptop would be totally different.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:28 PM

If you post which model of Compaq you have we could be more specific.

However in general you need to go into the bios and clear the password settings.

There is another way but you would need to know if there are any special settings needed in the bios as it would reset them back to defaults. This requires some minor disassembly presuming it to be a desktop. A laptop would be totally different.

Cheers
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How do I find which model it is? And, do you need that before you can help me get into the bios to clear those settings? And, yes...this is a desktop comp. Minor disassembly would not be a good option for me, however, so I would prefer to avoid that if possible.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:04 PM

Usually the model is right on the front. The reason for asking the model is to be able to find the exact bios setting you need.

The disassembly referred to is taking off the side and clearing the CMOS, usually a jumper. However There is always a minor risk that you can damage something that way by bumping it.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:03 PM

Renaissance? I think that's what it says...it's very small writing.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:15 PM

Sorry I should have mentioned that on a desktop it is usually on the front and on a laptop there should be a model number.

In either case it usually has the form such as NC6000 ( A Compaq laptop) SR1010V which is a Compaq Desktop. and they may say Presario too.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:38 PM

Please accept my apologies for barging in, but the easiest way I know to find Manufacturer and Model # is as follows, unless it is different in Win98:

Click Start button > right click My Computer in Start Menu then click Properties in the list.

On the Systems page look under System. There you should find everything you need to know about the system.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:42 PM

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I do know what the password is, I am not locked out of the computer. I would just prefer not having to go through this every time I want to use the computer.

This can be disabled through CMOS/BIOS setup. I cannot tell the detailed in the menu where, but look somewhere at the security section. There should be something that tells require password on boot.




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