Remove password

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Dell
Microsoft Windows
Password management
I am starting to take up computer repair and hopefully I will get my A+ ceretification in this field. A friend is going to give me an old Dell computer of hers to work on and she told me that once I get it to remove the Jumper to delete her password. Is this information true or could you steer me in the right direction to get started.

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Sounds like she may have set a BIOS password. You would have to find the manual for the type of motherboard it is to find which jumper to remove.

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If it is the Windows Password, that will not work, no. Typically people do not set BIOS passwords; most are not aware you can or how to do it. The only thing you can do if this is the Windows password is re-install the OS unless she is willing to give you her pw and then you can create a new account and delete hers.
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  • mshen
    Since the friend mentioned a jumper it had to be a BIOS password. But if there is no BIOS password then you don't have to worry, just reinstall the OS.
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  • BPandey
    If its a bios password, then shut down computer and open up CPU and remove the BIOS battery. Now use a small wire to short the circuit by connecting the two ends of wire to the minus and plus end points of battery inserter (the place where battery is inserted ) for 2-3 second. This will remove the password of the bios. Now close CPU and restart. PS.: BIOS battery is flat round battery around 1.5 cm in diameter.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Maybe she could just tell you the password...? ;-) Check out this article I wrote on BIOS password hacking - may have a few more tidbits you can use: http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid192_gci1206494,00.html
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