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cant log in dont know password

by cableguysc / January 30, 2006 8:29 AM PST

I was given a gateway sa80 laptop with xp well everything is password protected. anyway around the password

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How much is it worth to you?
by John.Wilkinson / January 30, 2006 8:54 AM PST

There are four things you can do here:

* Contact the person that gave you the laptop and see if he/she remembers the password.

* Press ctrl + alt + delete at the logon screen to use the alternative logon...type in the username ''Administrator'' (without the quotation marks) and click OK, leaving the password field blank. A lot of people never set a password for the default admin account, so you might get lucky.

* Use the services of LostPassword.com, assuming it's worth $200.

* Wipe the drive clean (erase everything) with a free program like Kill Disk, then use the System Recovery CDs (assuming those were included in the transaction, to reinstall Windows XP.

Hope this helps,
John

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Check your duplicate post in the XP Forum.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2006 8:59 AM PST

It notes a prior discussion.

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