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Startup password

  1. #1

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Startup password

    Hello all,

    I work in a school with many pcs. One of the students who left last year has a startup password that blocks entry. How can I get past it? I can't reformat because I can't get into the settings (boot from a usb drive).

    Need help



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  2. #2

    Canon City
    Posts : 249
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit

    When you say start up password are you referring to the login password for the desktop? Are you talking about a password prompt after the bios loaded giving you access to the HDD?

    In most cases you will have to reinstall, unless they have a password locking the HDD which may be a challenge.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    The login password for the desktop. I am trying to get in so I can allow for usb booting. Bios is not passworded
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  4. #4

    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    If you have the Windows Recovery disk then you can use it, else download: Macrium WinPE .iso - OneDrive , put it in a USB stick then boot up. On the bottom left corner, you'll see a command prompt icon, use it then follow the next step in the link below:
    Deleted admin account in Win 8.1 update. How to restore?

    EDIT: For usage of net user command to reset user password: How to Use the Net User Command
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  5. #5

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Hello all,
    thank you for your replies. Unfortunately I have buggered the job and need you help once more.
    I got pissed off with trying to do the passwords thing and so I ended up with replacing the hard drives.
    I still can't seem to boot from either a usb or an external Rom drive (they are netbooks so usb is the only internal option I have).
    How do I new install on a fresh blank drive. Every time I interrupt normal startup the drive is shown but can't be booted from,


    Tim (again)
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  6. #6

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Is the boot menu option {in the bios} enabled with an F key to press on restarting to get the boot menu to pop up ?
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