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david_s1977david_s1977 Member Posts: 1
Hello,

I am currently running Win98 on a computer that is dying slowly ... at work (part time at a university), I found a computer being thrown out and asked the Chair of the department if I could take it- he told me that I could- but also told me it is "old" ... this made me laught because it is a spring chicken compared to my home PC. The computer is Dell with WindowsXP.

PLEASE NOTE: I have this computer completely lawfully and there I am not trying to gain access to anything I am not entitled to. I will call the admin people at the university with help as a last resort, but would like to get this fixed on my own (so I do not need to lug it all the way back into work) ... ok I guess a smart person would have thought of that before taking it home in the first place -- I know ... I know :(

OK here is my problem/issue ... when I try to log on, it shows the security window- after cntrl, alt, del it shows a login with 2 options "ok" and "cancel" ... shutown is grey and cannot be clicked for some reason.

At work I have network guest access to one computer (that is still operational), but never had it on this computer. My personal account will not work at login.

I have 2 main questions --

(1) is there a way to bypass this so I can get into windows- without a password? Once I can do this with admin privelages I know how to shut off the login prompt, but I cannot get in at all.
(NOTE: I have tried the password reset boot disk, but for some reason after showing me the credits and loading the first file and starting to load the second I get a "boot failed, switch disks and press any key" command ... not sure how to fix that.

(2) I do not have an interest on being connected to this network- I just want the regular net access that we get from the T1 at my university (I have this connected in my dorm)- in my current system (win98) I can just hit "cancel" at the login screen and I am ok.

Please help me fix this- I just want to use a better system for my home PC use.

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

-David

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  • zibadianzibadian Member Posts: 6,349
    : Hello,
    :
    : I am currently running Win98 on a computer that is dying slowly ...
    : at work (part time at a university), I found a computer being thrown
    : out and asked the Chair of the department if I could take it- he
    : told me that I could- but also told me it is "old" ... this made me
    : laught because it is a spring chicken compared to my home PC. The
    : computer is Dell with WindowsXP.
    :
    : PLEASE NOTE: I have this computer completely lawfully and there I am
    : not trying to gain access to anything I am not entitled to. I will
    : call the admin people at the university with help as a last resort,
    : but would like to get this fixed on my own (so I do not need to lug
    : it all the way back into work) ... ok I guess a smart person would
    : have thought of that before taking it home in the first place -- I
    : know ... I know :(
    :
    : OK here is my problem/issue ... when I try to log on, it shows the
    : security window- after cntrl, alt, del it shows a login with 2
    : options "ok" and "cancel" ... shutown is grey and cannot be clicked
    : for some reason.
    :
    : At work I have network guest access to one computer (that is still
    : operational), but never had it on this computer. My personal
    : account will not work at login.
    :
    : I have 2 main questions --
    :
    : (1) is there a way to bypass this so I can get into windows-
    : without a password? Once I can do this with admin privelages I know
    : how to shut off the login prompt, but I cannot get in at all.
    : (NOTE: I have tried the password reset boot disk, but for some
    : reason after showing me the credits and loading the first file and
    : starting to load the second I get a "boot failed, switch disks and
    : press any key" command ... not sure how to fix that.
    :
    : (2) I do not have an interest on being connected to this network- I
    : just want the regular net access that we get from the T1 at my
    : university (I have this connected in my dorm)- in my current system
    : (win98) I can just hit "cancel" at the login screen and I am ok.
    :
    : Please help me fix this- I just want to use a better system for my
    : home PC use.
    :
    : Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.
    :
    : -David
    :
    I would advice you to reinstall windows. Often company computers run very poorly outside their network. This will also allow you to set your own admin password and have removed all the "junk" from the previous owner.
    If you cannot boot from the CD-ROM, then you need to change the boot-sequence in the bios.
    If the bios is protected by a password, then open up the case. Locate the main power feed into the motherboard (a large white connector with 20+ multicolored cables). Somewhere around that is a green jumber marked "password" (or some abbreviation of that). If you pull that out, then the bios is unlocked.
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