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how to reformat a GATEWAY W350A Laptop

by blkman55 / February 6, 2012 8:19 AM PST

how to reformat aGATEWAY W350A Laptop when i forgot the user password to log into my computer

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Boot from the Gateway Restore Disc
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 6, 2012 9:03 PM PST

and follow the instructions

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don't have a cd for me to restore
by blkman55 / February 7, 2012 3:29 AM PST

I don't have the cd to restore it by. Is there another way? I tryed using alt+f10 but that didn't work either.

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Why restore?
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 7, 2012 3:34 AM PST
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I see the OP forgot the password,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 7, 2012 5:24 AM PST
In reply to: Why restore?

but don't see where they say that they wanted to reset it.

Just the question "how to format without knowing the password"

I wonder what they really meant.


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Re: "how to format without knowing the password"
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 7, 2012 4:08 PM PST

That's easy. It's exactly the same a reformatting if you know the password. And that's because you don't need it.


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PW asked where
by Willy / February 6, 2012 10:58 PM PST

Just where is this PW asked in the boot process? is it immediate when you turn-ON the laptop or later just before the OS is fully loaded, it makes a difference.

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Let's say I needed to reset that password?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 7, 2012 3:31 AM PST

If I didn't know what Windows OS was in use I'd be sure to carry my CD with NTPASSWD on it so I can reset that and get back in.

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