How to remove the password before Windows XP Pro boots

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Windows XP Professional
There is this laptop that prompts for a password before XP boots. I am seeking a way that this password can be removed. its quite irritating and since the password was set by someone else it is a cumbersome password to remember. Thanks in advance.

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Check your Bios
Their might be an option there

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  • Pressler2904
    If the password is being presented by the BIOS, there are a couple of different places it might be set: In the BIOS, the hard drive might be password protected (password at boot). It is also possible, especially on new(er) notebooks that you could be seeing a TPM module password: if you input an incorrect password, does the "wait time" (the elapsed time before you are presented with the password entry screen again) increase substantially between attempts (i.e.: 15 seconds between attempt 1 and 2; 30 seconds between 2 and 3, 90 seconds between 3 and 4, etc...)? If this is the case, the TPM chip will need to be disabled and (most likely) most of the data the notebook contains will be lost. The TPM password issue described above is substantially replicated by certain third party security / drive encryption products such as Safeguard Easy, with the exception that without the failsafe password or access the the SGE server, you will never be able to access the HDD once the password resets or if it is forgotten...
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Check out this Step-by-Step Guide on password hacking I wrote as well.
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  • Koohiisan
    Kevin, Looks like your article has been moved/eaten/etc...!
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Hmmmm - the link works for me. Anyone else having issues?
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  • Koohiisan
    I should have been more specific, sorry. The first page shows up for me, but when I attempted to navigate to any further pages I get a generic 'page not found' message. It sounded really interesting too! :(
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  • Kevin Beaver
    OK, thanks to Google, I found the correct links. I'll ask my editor at SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com to update them but here are the direct links in the meantime: Step 1: Guess BIOS passwords yourself Step 2: Fiddle with the hardware Step 3: Crack them with software Step 4: Managing the BIOS password
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  • XMac
    I believe you are talking about a bios password. If so, open setup when the computer starts to boot .. it could be delete, F2 or something else. Most often the key needed is displayed on the screen as the computer starts. Go to the password section and change password to something else or make it blank.
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