How to reset my Dell Latitude D510

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August 14, 2009 at 09:32:07
Specs: Windows XP
Ok so i bought this laptop on Craigslist and it has a password and username that i dont know and the guy i bought it from didnt know because he inherited it and just sold it so is there any way to reset the computer?

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August 14, 2009 at 10:26:25
The laptop may have been stolen. If the password is for the BIOS or the hard drive you can't reset those.

If it is just to enter Windows then you need to re-install Windows. If the original version is on there you should be able to restore the computer to the factory settings. Watch the screens at start up to learn what keystroke/s to use to start the restore. If you can't figure it out then download user guides from Dell. The link below may be of some help.

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August 14, 2009 at 11:11:46
You can reset the BIOS password on a laptop just as you can a desktop computer. You will have to open up the laptop and find the small battery that powers the CMOS chip. Remove the battery for about 10 seconds and that should reset the BIOS password if that is the issue.

However, BIOS passwords don't usually contain a username as well so that leads me to suspect that you are talking about a password on the operating system itself. Do a Google search for Password removal from windows and you will find many sites for help. There is a Linux CD that will do the job, you should be able to download the ISO to create it.

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August 14, 2009 at 21:24:30
the thing i am trying to get past is called Utimaco Safeguard Easy V4.30.0... will removing the battery for the CMOS work for that too?

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