Just so you have a little bit of info on what is going on. My uncle has a co worker who purchased a gateway all in one zx4250g from a pawned shop. everything was fine, she was using the computer and her nieces was using it as well to play games. I am assuming one or the other might have turned off the computer incorrectly, since the boot file is now corrupt. She asked if I wold fix it for her which normally wouldn't be a problem. I have a windows 8 computer also and have already created a usb boot and repair for it. However, upon attempting to go into bios I found that it is password protected. I am assuming the previous owner might have password protected the bios. I have already tried the standard passwords such as password, admin, owner, cmos, administrator, etc. I have been doing some reading and found some articles speaking of getting the hash code and finding the password this way. Is there anyway of doing this? I know I could flash the bios, but I am still learning, so I did not want to attempt this yet. Is there anyway of getting the hash code, or a work around to gain access to the bios? I cannot boot via usb or disk right now.