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#1 djd1

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:39 PM

Picked up a Compaq armada e500 at a garage sale for ten bucks. When I start it it has a user name and password window pop up and of course I do not know what that would be. I was not expecting much of anything to work and just wanted somthing to tinker with. However, I would like to be able to use it for websurfing, email etc. Question is, is there a program of some kind that would allow me to work around the password or if I could somehow get a new windows 2000 pro, which is what the operating system is, could i just put it in the cd rom and install it over the old operating system? Any pointers would be appreciated.

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#2 smurfgod

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 10:03 AM

Assuming you're talking about a BIOS password, you can try and clear it by taking out the CMOS battery for 15 minutes it might clear it out. A password for the OS would probably be considered hacking here so not going to get into that...Google it if that's what you need to do or wait for another reply (hint: "bypass and password" might be good keywords)
But yes, if you have an OS disk of any sort really you can reformat the harddrive and start fresh with whatever OS you happen to have, assuming the computer can run it. if you don't have a windows disk, there are quite a few linux distributions out there (free) that are pretty user friendly that have really low system requirements. Since you're tinkering anyway might as well learn something new right :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 07:50 PM

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