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I forgot my admin password and when computer boots up i cant get in and do not have any other user accounts setup. how can i reset password. I have a Compac NC6220


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Hello there cimaronw_tc_
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\015\012This reply is composited from a couple different draft-stage "Tips & Tricks" articles I'm in the middle of developing. Given your (and so many others) dilemma, I don't have the heart to NOT offer this ad-hoc version in the meantime.
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\015\012You are refering to your Windows password(s), correct?
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\015\012parrotheadpc's solution is a spot-on MECHANICAL method to solve your dilemma. However, just in the case you're a bit skiddish about poking around in there, here's an alternative SOFTWARE method. BOTH will work, it's your call ...
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\015\012RESET PASSWORDS VIA SOFTWARE SOLUTION.
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\015\012There exist several FREEWARE software tools whose sole function is to access/modify Windows operating system (OS) passwords (aka password resetters). They have in common the REQUIREMENT of being run from a WinPE/BartPE/Live based CD booted environment. In other words, the tool CANNOT be run from within the normally booted Windows OS it's going to work on.
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\015\012Moreover, just as there are many password resetters to choose from, there are also many FREEWARE choices of these bootable CD's necessary to "host" them. Most are designed for the purpose of performing system recovery tasks (i.e., fixing troubled PC's and salvaging data). In this case I'm going to recommend "Hiren's Boot CD". Hiren's (and many others) include more than one of these password resetters to choose from. However, my preference and recommendation is for one called "Password Renew" (by sala).
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\015\012NOTE: You having to use this method is truly a blessing in disguise. Your bonus for being prompted by this little password problem of yours, is that you'll be left with an invaluable tool you'll likely be relieved to have many times over in the furture. In fact, you should accomplish the following even if you DON'T NEED to "this time", becuase the BEST time to have a disk such as this, is BEFORE you NEED it.
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\015\012== CREATE YOUR "HIREN'S BOOT CD" ==
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  1. Download "Hiren's Boot CD" (select latest version, then click the download link).\015\012
  2. Extract/unpack/unzip/decompress (<-choose your term, they all mean the same thing) the disk image file "Hiren's.BootCD.#.ISO" located within the archive file "Hirens.BootCD.#.zip" you just downloaded (where # = version).\015\012
  3. Burn this disk image to CD using whichever capable disk image burning software (e.g., Nero, Roxio, etc.) you may have. Don't have one? Then download and install the very capable, yet lightweight FREEWARE "imgBurn", then refer to the following burn instructions.
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\015\012Using imgBurn, burn the extracted disk image "Hiren's.BootCD.#.ISO" to CD/DVD (preferably a CD due to the small file size):
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  1. Insert a blank disk into your disk burning capable CD/DVD drive.\015\012
  2. Launch "imgBurn", then select "Write image file to disc".\015\012
  3. Browse for and select the above "Source" .ISO file.\015\012
  4. Ensure the applicable disk burner drive is selected as "Destination" (because you could have more than one).\015\012
  5. Click the burn icon.\015\012
  6. When burning completes, close "imgBurn".
\015\012Congratulations! You now have a Live system-recovery boot disk ready for use whenever it's needed.
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\015\012TIP: From now on, by making known to tech-helpers you have this CD available, you potentially bust wide-open a whole range of diagnostic/recovery options they/you wouldn't have otherwise.
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\015\012== ADVISORY ==
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\015\012Only you know your level of geek-ability, and the degree to which the following may (or may not) apply to you:
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  • This disk contains many tools that if used carelessly has the potential of inadvertantly causing damage/data-loss to your PC. On the other hand, you need not be fearful of it. \015\012
  • You're best limiting use to only the tool(s) for which you may have need of at the time, paired with a bit of proper homework, and/or under the direction/guidance of someone comfortable in its use. In a nutshell, don't go "wanderlusting" around, rapid-fire clicking things hastily or thoughtlessly. Rather, carefully read all the available introductions, notifications, popups, alerts, and other textual guidances, and you should be just fine.\015\012
  • The benefits of having this disk tremendously outweigh the potential risks. Like so many things in life, know your limitations and have a sober respect for those things which can be potentially dangerous, yet equally essential and pleasing (e.g, electricity, money, love, ***, etc.).\015\012
  • Finally, even if YOU never plan on using this disk, the next tele-tech, personal geek-helper, and even skilled field tech may very well have need of it ... and thank you for it.
\015\012== BOOT FROM YOUR 'HIREN'S BOOT CD' ==
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  1. Ensure the disk is in your CD/DVD drive.\015\012
  2. Reboot system [ensure your BIOS boot-order is configured to boot FIRST from your CD/DVD drive].\015\012
  3. At the "Hiren's Boot CD" menu, select "Start Mini Windows XP".
\015\012== THE MONEY SHOT ... IT'S "PASSWORD RENEW" TIME ==
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  1. Launch (if it isn't already) "BootCDWinTools" located both on the desktop and within the "Start" button menu.\015\012
  2. "Menu" > "Passwords/Keys" > launch "Password Renew"\015\012
  3. Select the target Windows OS.
\015\012As you can see, you have a choice of three actions:
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  1. "Renew existing user password" = Resets/changes the existing password for any chosen account/user.\015\012
  2. "Create new Administrator user" = Creates a new account/user, with administrator priviledges, using whatever name/password you choose to enter.\015\012
  3. "Turn existing user to Administrator" = Gives administrator priviledges to any chosen EXISTING account/user (do NOT choose "Administrator" or "Guest").
\015\012Given your situation, action 1 is appropriate. After you've entered a new password for the "Administrator" user account, click "Install" to execute it.
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\015\012Quit "Password Renew", then reboot (making sure not to boot up from the CD this time).
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\015\012Good luck, and thanks in advance for posting back ...
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  • to let me (and interested others) know how well this helped you,\015\012
  • if you have any further questions,\015\012
  • to provide clarification or feedback.
\015\012Today's the best day of my life ... and NOW you're part of it!
Via-con-Dios and Godspeed -- Geekinator (aka Craig).
I did not find anything related to jumper pins on the motherboard or tabs to be grounded, so you may be fortunate enough to only have to remove the Cmos battery for 45 seconds and then replace. If this does not work, then remove the battery and on the socket where it attaches to the motherboard, ground the two contacts and power the board up, wait one minute like this, and power off the board, reattach the battery and reboot the machine. It may still bring up the password window, if it does just leave blank and hit enter, it should let you in. Here is the link to the factory service manual for your laptop. nake sure to save a copy for yourself. It is free to copy and use.
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\015\012http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00622160/c00622160.pdf
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