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: http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/passwpwl.htm
For more complete information, including how to prevent Windows 95 from asking for a password at all, visit http://support.microsoft.com
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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on January 9, 2003