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Win XP bootup shows Admin but I don't know password

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May 10, 2011 1:59:52 PM

We have a donated tablet pc (Acer) that displays Win XP startup, with Admin as user name, then the password "box" but I don't know the password. I've tried Ctrl-Alt-Del, and even F8 to get to Safe Mode, and also F12 for setup but it always goes back to the same startup window. I can't even get to the Start/ Ctrl Panel to do any digging around. Therefore, I can't download any reset SW, nor does this tablet have an optical drive. Any suggestions?

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May 17, 2011 2:01:10 PM

try pressing [f2], [delete], or [ctrl+alt+esc] on reboot. its best to hold the key down as soon as the computer starts up so you dont miss it.
one of these should hopefully get you into the bios.

edit: Wouldnt it be nice if all the manufacturers used the same button?
May 17, 2011 2:02:56 PM

No, and my personal OS is Mac. I'm just trying to do this to see if it is worthwhile to not recycle this donation.
May 18, 2011 12:03:02 AM

i guess i wasn't clear, sorry
you have to boot to that program. Restart the pc, and @ some point you should be able to either go into the BIOS, or select where to boot to. At that point, boot to the thumb drive/cd that has that installed