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I bought a Dell netbook for my youngest about 6 months ago. I got home from work yesterday and found out he changed the password and doesn't remember what he changed it to. :cuss:
Does anyone know how to recover/reset a password on Windows 7? Of course microsoft won't help for obvious reasons and even though the computer is under warranty Dell said no way, we're not helping. Anybody? I mean the kid even changed the admin (me) password.
 

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Try the Control Panel through Safe Mode
 

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You can try one (or all) of these methods. Note : I've never had to use any of them so I can't tell you if they work or not.

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-disc ... round.html

http://www.passwordunlocker.com/knowled ... sword.html

This one will only work if you have another admin account :
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/wind ... s-password

After you've recovered your pw, I would recommend you do this :
http://www.passwordunlocker.com/knowled ... -disk.html

I also recommend you create a user account for your son, so he doesn't use your (admin) account.

Good luck.
 

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I also recommend you create a user account for your son, so he doesn't use your (admin) account.
I don't have any technical knowledge to help you out but I know practical advice when I see it!
 

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Four_Eyes said:
You can try one (or all) of these methods. Note : I've never had to use any of them so I can't tell you if they work or not.

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-disc ... round.html

http://www.passwordunlocker.com/knowled ... sword.html

This one will only work if you have another admin account :
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/wind ... s-password

After you've recovered your pw, I would recommend you do this :
http://www.passwordunlocker.com/knowled ... -disk.html

I also recommend you create a user account for your son, so he doesn't use your (admin) account.

Good luck.
I had two accounts. Me as the admin and my son as a normal user. He changed both. I guess he wanted absolute power.
 

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My sympathy, for the computer dilemma weebee.
Hopefully your son has not, set up passwords in the ' BIOS '.

Anyway, i leave my " BIOS " as factory default.
Personally i find it nerve wracking, to have password enable in the ' Bios '.
Did the password set up, as an experiment a long time ago in that region.

I became nervous and had a panic attack. :worry:
Fortunately the ' bios ' section, allowed me to disable the password access.
 

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Most BIOS passwords can be reset. But you have to be willing to open up your computer. Power it down and physically unplug it. Open the case and locate the CMOS battery. It's the wafer battery the size of a quarter (that's 26 cents Canadian). Remove the battery for at least 5 minutes. Then put it back. Re-assemble the computer case.

Desktop computers are easy, the boards are easily accessible. Laptops are harder, the CMOS battery is usually bried in the case, and you also have to remove the laptop's regular battery pack.

**CAUTION** - Removing the CMOS battery (and laptop batterypack) while the computer is unplugged WILL ERASE the CMOS settings. When you boot up, you'll be prompted to enter information such as hard drive size, system date, memory size, etc. Only use it IF you don't have other options and the computer has basically become a boat anchor.
 

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Thanks all. It cost me 105.00 and proof of ownership to get it fixed. Now I have a password for the admin that nobody knows but me!
 

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I'd write it down and keep it in a safe place. Like your desk at work. Just in case you forget the thing... :shock: ;)
 
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