How to disable former owner's windows login

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 iDmatt -
Hello,

I have hooked up my new to me PC and Windows is requiring the former owner's password. There is no way to contact them but I need to use the operating system on this. I can't reformat the hard drive until I login and I need to maintain Windows OS because I do not have windows CDs. Please assist?

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Try logging in as the Administrator. It is very common for uninformed Windows users to not set the administrator password. Follow these instructions to log in as administrator.

XP Home: Press F8 Repeatedly on startup an select Safe Mode. Then login as administrator.

XP Pro: press CTRL + ALT + DEL twice at the Welcome Screen

Once you have logged in create your own user or delete the existing one.

Cheers,
Unemployed techie