Ack!! catch 22 xp pro security lock

Dell / OPTIPLEX 330
January 22, 2009 at 17:27:00
Specs: xp pro, 1.8 duo/2gb/sata
Message: I bought this computer at an auction. When it loads it gets past the XP pro screen then prompts to press" Alt,Control and Delete" and supply a password which I do not know. I have been trying to get around that by doing a clean install of xp but I get the blue screen of death stop message after most drivers are loaded. I know the solution to correct this, but when I hit f2 during boot up and try to make the needed change in the sata drive section..I says it is locked and asks for the Administrator password to make the changes needed for changes in setup. I have no idea what that might be.. I have removed the battery overnight and did the cmos jumper reset but still the same problem. I find it hard to believe this computer is useless because of one single password... Any suggestions ???

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#1
January 22, 2009 at 17:39:08
"I have removed the battery overnight and did the cmos jumper reset but still the same problem"

If you do it right, you can reset in a matter of seconds...you do NOT have to leave the battery out overnite. Since you reset the BIOS, did you correct all the settings? Since it's a Dell, I'm sure they're not too complex.

All you really needed to do was use a password recovery program but since you attempted to reinstall XP, that approach probably won't work anymore. Boot off the XP CD, delete ALL partitions, create one (or more), format them as NTFS (full format, not quick), then try the reinstall again.


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#2
January 23, 2009 at 23:52:25
The Xp I am installing is a new version. I did not get a recovery disc with the computer.

I cannot correct any f2 settings because I need to know the admin password to make the needed changes.

I need to alter the defaults in the sata setup for me to be able install xp properly without blue screen of death.

I cannot access the installed xp because there is another password that prevents the desktop from showing. If I could find out or reset the admin password then I would have no trouble..but it could only be from a boot disc I think..


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#3
January 24, 2009 at 05:59:53
Do what Jam suggested. Reformat and start over.

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#4
January 24, 2009 at 09:33:38
Maybe I am missing something here because you say it is a simple procedure...
How do I get past the setup lock in f2/f12 to make changes or the blue screen when booting from the xp disc?
I cannot just reformat the hard drive without knowing the setup password needed!
Even boot seqeunce has a setup lock on it which I need admin password to access..
Booting off the cd just gives me the the blue screen error due to me needing to change hard drive sata control settings to install xp correctly. (which I am unable to do without admin password)
Please let me know what I am overlooking here..

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#5
January 24, 2009 at 10:22:33
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/CmosPwd

Try this program...

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