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How do I get around a forgotten Windows 95 password?


forgot windows log-in. It is an old gateway laptop.

my brother had the computer for a few months


This question was answered on January 9, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I see by your profile, you are using Windows 95, which has no real security to speak of The main reason for a login password under '95 is to call up user settings for each person who uses the PC.

Entering a new username will easily help you access the machine.

Renaming the appropriate .pwl (short for "password list") file will let you choose a new password.

Keep in mind, in resetting, you may possibly lose the password for your dialup A quick call to your ISP ought to help resolve any such issue.

Here's a website that explains the nominal security associated with forgotten passwords in Windows 95:

For more complete information, including how to prevent Windows 95 from asking for a password at all, visit


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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on January 9, 2003