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Ext User(fred)
05-06-2007, 07:03 AM
i have a nice new system that i've been using for several months now. the
old system was set up downstairs and forgotten. son, 12, decided he wants to
use it but we cannot get into system. there was a password (which i don't
remember) upon startup.
not the windows password that you can miss multiple times and still get
running, but the system startup password that without, you hit a brick wall.

what can i do to get past this password. cannot even F2 to get into setup
without the password.

help!

Ext User(Nepatsfan)
05-06-2007, 07:13 AM
In news:DA664226-8029-4D16-9148-796F897D9F80@microsoft.com,
fred <fred@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> i have a nice new system that i've been using for several
> months now.
> the old system was set up downstairs and forgotten. son, 12,
> decided
> he wants to use it but we cannot get into system. there was
> a
> password (which i don't remember) upon startup.
> not the windows password that you can miss multiple times and
> still
> get running, but the system startup password that without,
> you hit a
> brick wall.
>
> what can i do to get past this password. cannot even F2 to
> get into
> setup without the password.
>
> help!

Check the documentation that came with your computer or its
motherboard. There is usually a jumper on the motherboard that
needs to be moved to erase the password.

Good luck

Nepatsfan

Ext User(DH)
05-06-2007, 10:53 AM
"fred" <fred@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:DA664226-8029-4D16-9148-796F897D9F80@microsoft.com...
>i have a nice new system that i've been using for several months now. the
> old system was set up downstairs and forgotten. son, 12, decided he wants
> to
> use it but we cannot get into system. there was a password (which i don't
> remember) upon startup.
> not the windows password that you can miss multiple times and still get
> running, but the system startup password that without, you hit a brick
> wall.
>
> what can i do to get past this password. cannot even F2 to get into setup
> without the password.
>
> help!

Pull the battery on the motherboard for about 5 seconds. It round, about
the size of a nickel.

Dave H.

Ext User(Ronaldo)
05-06-2007, 11:03 AM
Or remove the button cell for a few minutes?

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"Nepatsfan" <nepatsfan@SBXXXIX.com> escribió en el mensaje
news:ObcKsKupHHA.4544@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> In news:DA664226-8029-4D16-9148-796F897D9F80@microsoft.com,
> fred <fred@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> > i have a nice new system that i've been using for several
> > months now.
> > the old system was set up downstairs and forgotten. son, 12,
> > decided
> > he wants to use it but we cannot get into system. there was
> > a
> > password (which i don't remember) upon startup.
> > not the windows password that you can miss multiple times and
> > still
> > get running, but the system startup password that without,
> > you hit a
> > brick wall.
> >
> > what can i do to get past this password. cannot even F2 to
> > get into
> > setup without the password.
> >
> > help!
>
> Check the documentation that came with your computer or its
> motherboard. There is usually a jumper on the motherboard that
> needs to be moved to erase the password.
>
> Good luck
>
> Nepatsfan
>
>

Ext User(Ken Blake, MVP)
05-06-2007, 12:13 PM
On Mon, 4 Jun 2007 18:43:45 -0500, "DH" <xxxdaveoh@swbell.net(axe the
x's)> wrote:

>
>"fred" <fred@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>news:DA664226-8029-4D16-9148-796F897D9F80@microsoft.com...
>>i have a nice new system that i've been using for several months now. the
>> old system was set up downstairs and forgotten. son, 12, decided he wants
>> to
>> use it but we cannot get into system. there was a password (which i don't
>> remember) upon startup.
>> not the windows password that you can miss multiple times and still get
>> running, but the system startup password that without, you hit a brick
>> wall.
>>
>> what can i do to get past this password. cannot even F2 to get into setup
>> without the password.
>>
>> help!
>
>Pull the battery on the motherboard for about 5 seconds. It round, about
>the size of a nickel.


Yes, except that five seconds is usually not even close to long
enough. It depends on the computer, but it's usually at least a few
minutes, and sometimes as much as an hour or more.

--
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP Windows - Shell/User
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