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Is there a way to format a laptop that is password protected

December 27, 2012 at 15:11:39
Specs: Windows XP

A friend gave me their laptop but it has an administrator protected password and won't even let me into windows. Is there a way to bypass the password to get in or to completely format the hard drive and reinstall windows?

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#1
December 27, 2012 at 15:22:01

We don't normally help with passwords because we have no way to prove ownership.

Ask your friend for the password. They should know it if they were regularly using the computer before they gave it to you. Otherwise contact the computer manufacturer.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
December 28, 2012 at 11:53:07

If the password in question is only a Windows password then you can restore the laptop to the factory state. We can't help with how you do that because we have no information on brand and model.

Go to the manufacturer's site for help with a factory restore

If any other type of password is required then you must contact the manufacturer for help.


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#3
December 28, 2012 at 16:15:04

Your specs say Windows XP but you have posted this on the Win 95/98 forum.
If it is Win 95 or Win 98 you will probably be able to reformat and re-install from DOS.

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#4
December 28, 2012 at 23:19:52

There's probably no need to format/reinstall in order for you to be able to use it.

If it is an XP password try booting to the default administrator account from safe mode. (Start tapping F8 before windows starts to load, choose SAFE MODE and then ADMINISTRATOR.) That account usually isn't password protected. Then go into USER ACCOUNTS in control panel and remove the unknown password from the other account.


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#5
December 30, 2012 at 07:38:27

If you have XP, have a look at this:

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/


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