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remove all information

by cfh513 / October 18, 2004 11:58 AM PDT

Is it possible to completely remove all the information on a computer if you don't have the password? I bought a pc from a friend who bought it from someone and it requires a password at start up. I can't click "cancel" and go around the password, therefore, I can't get into the computer. Someone told me there was a way to remove everything, incl. the o/s through DOS and then I could install a new o/s and programs, etc. Is this true?

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Re: remove all information
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 18, 2004 12:00 PM PDT
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BIOS password
by reefurbb / October 19, 2004 1:39 AM PDT
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what is called "setup". On newer laptops, you have to send it back to the manufacturer to clear the chip($$$). On desktop PC's, you have to know what the jumper is and how to use it to "clear CMOS".
If the password prompt is at boot, you won't be able to use a floppy or anything, nor clearing the Hdd will work as the password resides on the mobo.
Is this the case? Maybe not if you have a "cancel" option showing.

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Re: remove all information
by billzhills / October 19, 2004 8:26 AM PDT
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Win98 I use search for *.pwl. Look at file location and delete only those not related to windows.

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