Microsoft XP Dell boot up password

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snowman15 - Jan 22, 2009 at 12:01 PM
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- May 17, 2009 at 03:19 PM
Hello,

Ok hopefully someone could help me out. I recently placedwhen the computer boots up, i need to place a security password to enusre i want the computer to boot up in the main set up in the boot up part of my computer, a password to login to it before the computer even boots up. I have forgotten that password and have tried everything i could have placed in it. now i try to hit F2 or F12 and it doe not work at all to get into even the boot up menus. Can someone please help me and explain to me a way to change it and get into the computer?

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Jan 22, 2009 at 05:40 PM
If this is a desktop PC - you have easy access to the CMOS button battery. Take it out for one minute and then replace it. The password will erased.
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wat and where is the CMOS button?
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There is a small button style battery that powers the CMOS functions on the PC - things like date and time and the memory of the hardware devices that are attached to the PC. The battery is located on the motherboard - mounted either vertically or horizontally to the board. Removing this battery, for 30 secs to a minute, will normally erase the CMOS memory. If you have used a boot-up password that is CMOS (or BIOS) based - removing the battery will delete the password.
Please note that some laptops have password protection that is NOT CMOS memory based and can't be reset by this method. Also many if not most laptops have the button battery buried deeply in the case and can be hard to remove.
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