|"i ran in safe mode and it hangs on inspnp "|
It it isn't necessarily hanging while trying to load inspnp - that just happens to be the last thing listed on the screen. It's normal to get a screen full of things that are loading when you go into Safe mode - the screen stays that way for a long while even when Windows is working fine, but normally that screen full of lines should then go away and then you should see either the Logon Screen or the desktop screen load, eventually.
You may not need to get into the bios Setup
Try inserting an XP CD into the drive, then re-starting the computer. If the Boot Order or similar settings are correct, you will see a line "Press any key to boot from CD" or similar - if you see that press the named key or any key while that line is still on the screen - you usually must do that within 5 seconds from when you first see the line.
If that doesn't help,
- if this is a laptop, consult the Owner's or User's manual for your brand name computer model. There is often a key or a key combo that will pop up a menu where you can choose to boot from a CD.
- if this is a desktop computer.....
Unplug the case/power supply, or switch off the AC power to it otherwise.
Power off your monitor.
Open up the case by removing the left side panel as seen when you're looking at the front of the case.
Find the mboard battery and carefully remove it from it's socket. It's usually a shiny coin shaped battery. Wait 5 minutes, install it in it's socket, with the + (positive) polarity mark showing when it's installed.
Restore the AC power to the computer, turn on the monitor's power, and boot the computer.
The first time you boot you will get a "Cmos Checksum Error...." or similar message. You will either be prompted to enter the bios Setup or you will automatically go there. Enter the bios Setup, set the date and time, and set the Boot Order or similar settings so that a CD drive is listed before any hard drive, if it isn't already listed that way.
Save bios settings, reboot.
When it's already in the optical drive, the bootable Windows CD should be detected while booting, and you should see the line "Press any key to boot from CD" or similar.
If this is a laptop, why is it you don't know the password ?
That's something a thief, or someone who knowingly or unknowingly bought a stolen computer, or someone who should not have the right to access someone else's computer, or someone who should not have the right to access a corporate or institutional computer, etc., etc., would want to know.
Do you have a LEGITMATE reason ?
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