how do i reset a dell latitude pentium 2 laptop?

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i found this old ass dell latitude pentium 2 laptop but i cant seem to get past the password screen. the previous owner was my brother in law for work but he doesnt remember cuz it was his boss that had made the password....so since he cant really get ahold of the guy now since he hasnt worked there in a good 5 years, how is it that i go about getting around that password screen?? and if i cant get around that then how do i reformat or reset it?? its reallly realllly annoying.....its not the best, but for basic word processing for school it would suit my purposes. thank you much
ASKED: February 18, 2008  5:09 PM
UPDATED: December 29, 2009  8:39 AM

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which password screen are you talking about? is it the BIOS password screen?? if so you should be able to take out the CMOS battery and wait for about a minute. that will reset the BIOS and wipe the password.

If it is a HD password then I have not seen a way around these. the problem is that the security chip is built into the HD controller board and is not bypassable. But if you can get into the BIOS you might be able to change it from there.

If it is windows password, what version of windows is it?
If it is Windows 2000 or XP you can use ICWT – In Code We Trust. It is a bootable cd that allows you to reset the admin passwords or a password of any other account. Google it to find it on the net.

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  • Energak
    oh, and no i do not have the original boot discs sadly.....otherwise i wouldnt bother asking here,lol.
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  • Energak
    its windows nt...and yes its the admin password after it tells u to use ctrl alt delete to get the password screen
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  • Pressler2904
    I have successfully used several password recovery tools in the past, most notably ERD Commander from Sysinternals (now part or Microsoft). As this is an **expensive** commercial product with much more functionality than you need, it's probably a poor choice for you at this time. John the Ripper is another tool which can be used, as well as both the Linux based UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD) and the BartPE based UBCD4Win (Ultimate Boot CD for Windows) bootable pre-execution environments. Check some of the free products mentioned here: http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm Good luck, and be sure to create an Emergency Recovery Disk set when you finally do gain access...
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