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Old 06-26-2008, 01:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How To Recover Password? (Dell Computer?)

So my mom got a free computer from her business. It was used one time by a guy that worked there but left a while ago. We hooked it up and soon figured out that we need a password to get on the computer. The username is "Tom", the guy who used it. So what should I do?

It's a Dell Optiplex 320 if that helps. Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is there a way of doing it without spending money?
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Old 06-26-2008, 02:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 06-26-2008, 02:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I can't make a CD of it because I only have access to a laptop.
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Old 06-26-2008, 02:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok, problem solved. All I did was type in 'administrator' as the username and press 'ok'...
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Old 06-26-2008, 02:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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what i always use to do on a windows xp computer was to start the computer up in safe mode, and sign in as the computer administrator. If this is not password protected, go to the control panel and select the user account and remove the password.

F8 or F2 should be safe mode on a dell. I could be wrong so look for it when the pc boots up. Tell me if this works. i havent tried this in a while.
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:33 AM   #8 (permalink)
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F8 is safe mode on Dells.
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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F8 is safe mode on XP. F2 is the bios/setup entry on Dells.

The blank pswd for admin works on XP home but not always Pro
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