How to bypass Win XP password

Dell Dell optiplex gx280 intel desktop p...
October 10, 2009 at 11:40:39
Specs: Windows XP
I got this Dell GS280 from my job because they were going to throw it away. But it's password protected. I can't bypass it via safe-mode either.
I just want to save the current OS installation, I don't care for other data inside it. What can I do?
Worse case - I'll have to re-install, how can I back-up the drivers without being able to log-in the PC?

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October 10, 2009 at 11:57:28
Where is it password protected? At the BIOS level during boot? When windows starts? If the password is on the hard drive or the BIOS you will not be able to clear it. For hard drives replace is the only option. If it is on the systemboard Dell is the only one that has procedures to clear it. You would have to contact them and see if they could assist you. Given the concerns about hardware theft they might not help. In that case the motherboard needs replaced.

As for the drivers there is no easy way especially when the system does not boot. Since Dell has all system drivers for each model available the easiest way is to enter the service tag on the support screen and download the drivers to a different system and use a flash drive to install the files on the new system after a new windows install.

Have you considered asking your company tech support for help.

Good luck


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October 10, 2009 at 19:54:58
It's a log-in password. I wish it was a bios one.

I did get the ERD and burned the .iso file into a disc - the file was named ophcrack-xp-livecd-2.3.1.iso - about 400mb
The problem is the PC refuses to load from it - it pretends the "boot device is not available"

I have a copy of Win-Xp cd so I tested that and it boots from it if I try several times, but it won't boot from the ERD cd.

aparently I don't have the original OS CD so re-installing windows would be my laaaaast option

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October 11, 2009 at 02:03:14
You would be better off undertaking a fresh install, if you have the DELL XP CoA Sticker, you can use any DELL XP FULL CD to re-install as they use BIOS Lock Code to ensure the XP installed is a DELL Version.

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October 11, 2009 at 10:53:23
If you really got this from the boss seems simple enough to ask them for it. Something tells me this just isn't the case.


I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my longs like the passangers in his car.

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October 11, 2009 at 12:05:32
Hello eldeliaj,

Have you tried accessing the "Administrator" user account? On most occasions, people tend to leave the password empty or even forget to put a password for this account altogether. If you haven't done so already, you can check if the "Administrator" account is accessible by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Delete on the Welcome/Login Screen and entering "administrator" as the login user then press enter. If that doesn't log you in, than you are out of luck. If you are able to get in however, you may continue by accessing ms-dos by going to start->run and type cmd then press enter. In command prompt, type in "net user username *" without the quotations to reset the password of the username you wish to log into. Now you can access the computer again with whatever programs that was pre-installed available for you to use.

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October 11, 2009 at 13:27:58
Interesting developments - I installed XP-home edition (that's
the only CD I have) - leaving the current OS intact - once in
through the Home Ed. I can see all files in the PC.
Using L0phtCrack - 6 I'm scanning the SAM file from the XP
Pro version in ...system32\config folder but the damn thing
has been running for 16 hours and hasn't cracked any
password yet, plus the free version of it won't do a "Brute
Force" scan which is .

Anyhow... even if I find the Admin password and make the xp-
pro OS usable I'd still be left with the Home Ed. version
installed. So I think I just complicated matters by having 2 OS
in same partition.

Soooo my solution (correct me if I'm wrong) I'm buying a Dell
XP cd from ebay or amazon for under 10 bucks and wipe out
this PC. And as for my fear of my drivers being lost I'll take
your advice and download them directly from the dell website
(something I didn't know before).

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October 11, 2009 at 13:33:06
P.S. There are different version of these CD's being offered out
there. What's the difference? If I get ANY XP pro OS Dell
CD I'd be able to get all the updates from Microsoft and bring the
PC up to date right?

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October 11, 2009 at 15:57:35
Logonrecovery. Ophcr@ck live. John, old astrumi,

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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October 11, 2009 at 17:35:32
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is able to retrieve the Windows Product Key from an inaccessible Windows install via the botched Windows' registry using the Load Hive option.

Give it a shot!

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October 11, 2009 at 19:01:44
Extract from the C.Net rules

Do not post any questions or answers having to deal with hacking or cracking.

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October 12, 2009 at 08:40:22
Why not just use the Recovery Partition? That's what it's there for.


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