Deleting Password prompt in Windows XP

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Can you help me delete a system password that has been created? This password prompt appears prior to the system completing the booting up process.  Does not have anything to do with user accounts on the pc. 

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Windows XP

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From your decription of “prior to completing bootup process” and “not … user account” I assume this is the BIOS hardrive access password or potentially an SED (encrypted hard drive) password.

For the BIOS hardrive access password please check with the system or motherboard vendor for how to clear the password if that is possible. You cn see if the system has an administer level password set (which you know) that allows you to access or reset the password.

For encrypted hard drives, you will need to ask the person who set it unless someone set a recovery or second pasword on the encrypted drive.

On newer systems, the ability to recover from a forgotten password is much more difficult if not impossible unless you have also set an admistrative password.

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  • carlosdl
    Comments by Rechil: "If u delete / disable pass , so what is the actual use of it ! If I provide the process, then u must wash off the pass and create a new one, after that some another person asks the same Q. So, what is the value of security. Yes, If u an Administrator and by any coz forgot it, then I think better u also know the process. Best bet is search on net and within a second u may get no of returns."
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  • Koohiisan
    You could try pulling the CMOS battery, if possible. I've seen that reset a password on some older systems. YMMV.
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