Really need help with Dell laptop password

July 19, 2013 at 22:35:47
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Dell laptop with Windows Vista, it is password protected and I don't remember the password at all. I don't have any discs that came with it either. Is there any way to reset the password or "break into" with out the discs? Any and all suggestions will help. Thanks so much in advance.

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#1
July 19, 2013 at 23:09:38
Hi sward32,

For Windows XP system, restart the system into safe mode by tapping F8 on Dell logo. Sign in to the administrator account and reset the password.

If the administrator account is not working, you may try resetting the system to factory settings using the link mentioned below:

If the PC Restore does not work, try re-installing the operating system using the disk that came with the system. Please refer to the link mentioned below:

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell

edited by moderator: Deleted Dubious links


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#2
July 19, 2013 at 23:14:04
It depends on which password you mean. If it's the regular windows password you may be able to get in on the administrator account. I've never tried it with Vista but with XP the administrator account isn't password protected unless the user has deliberately added one. So you can use F8 and choose 'safe mode' and log on as administrator and go into user accounts and delete the password from the other account.

If it's a bios password or hard drive password you'll probably have to contact Dell and convince them you are the legitimate owner.


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#3
July 19, 2013 at 23:44:19
it is ´╗┐the bios password. And I would honestly buy another brand before I call them. Lol. But thank you DAVEINCAPS.

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#4
July 20, 2013 at 00:46:49
A BIOS password on a laptop is designed to protect it from unauthorized access. There is no easy way to bypass or reset this password. It was meant to be as difficult as possible. If it were otherwise it would nerve no purpose.

Contacting Dell is pretty much your only option.


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#5
July 20, 2013 at 00:47:57
"I would honestly buy another brand before I call them"

Why?


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#6
July 20, 2013 at 05:57:39
I understand that it was made to be difficult but seeing how I have misplaced my disks that it came with, is why I asked for help. And since your not being helpful, you asking me questions is really none of your business. Thanks!: )

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#7
July 20, 2013 at 06:23:52
Thank you. I think that answers my question.

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#8
July 20, 2013 at 06:35:12
sward32, ijack's question is a legitimate one. If you are the legal owner of that laptop then what do you have to fear? If you are not the legal owner then we do not want to help you, even if we could.

Furthermore, the disks will do you no good, even if you had them. They will not reset a BIOS password on a laptop.

DellMan, I would think of all helpers here you would be most concerned about circumventing security passwords. You did not ask what password was the problem before suggesting help.


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#9
July 20, 2013 at 06:37:35
I think that answers my question.

Beyond any doubt.

Even so, all the disks in the world are not going to help circumvent a hard disk password on a laptop. You ether know it or you don't. If you don't, Dell are the only ones that can help you.

Stuart


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#10
July 20, 2013 at 07:19:42
DellManshuS

We get questions daily from people trying to circumvent hard disk passwords on laptops.

As a Dell employee you will know that when this password is set, there are plenty of warning as to the problems that can arise if you forget the password. It is very secure and cannot be reset by normal means. In those circumstances, anyone with any foresight would make a note of the password and not rely on memory or some non existent disk. If the OP had set the password themselves they would know this and would know that a reset disk isnt going to ne of any use.

If you are prepared to help someone circumvent these passwords on request for a laptop that might have been squired from dubious sources there is little anyone can do about it. However, you will not do it via this forum.

No one with any integrity is willing to help someone benefit from someone else's loss.

Stuart


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#11
July 20, 2013 at 17:20:07
Well said... this avenue of help from DellManshuS has long been a matter of concern to me, and its not the first time either.

I wonder whether this is the same laptop mentioned here: http://www.computing.net/answers/wi... if so it would appear the OP has remembered the password!


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#12
July 20, 2013 at 20:36:52
The problem is Omustardo that if you read the thread properly, you will see it has absolutley nothing at all to do with Windows password.

Stuart


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