|O well, since Richard59 posted that, I might as well post the rest of what I originally had in response 3 before I removed it. |
It's understandable that a legitimate user may forget a password to access the bios Setup if they rarely have used it. but it's extremely unlikely he or she would forget a system access password that had to be entered every time they used the computer. .
Most desktop computers can easily have any passwords removed (when the AC power has been removed to the computer),
- by removing the mboard (Cmos) battery for a short time then installing it again so the + on the top of the battery shows when it's been installed
- or - by moving the Clear Cmos jumper on the mboard to it's "clear" position, then moving it back to the "normal" or run" position
In both cases, when you boot the computer after that you will see a line "Cmos Checksum Error" or similar while booting - you must go into the bios Setup and change at least the date and time from their bios defaults to the current ones., Save bios settings.
You may also have to change other default settings if the operating system doesn't load with default bios settings.
- or a few mboards have a Clear Passwords jumper - moving that to it's "clear" position, then moving it back to the "normal" position, will remove the passwords without setting other bios Setup settings to defaults.