Help bypassing a ctrl alt delete password

  SonnyB 08:47 08 Oct 06

I have inherited a machine with a windows password set.
I want to format the hard drive so I just need to get into the machine. I can start in safe mode but it still asks for a p/word.
Can I format from the bios as I can get into this?
If not can ctrl alt delete be bypassed?

  Graham. 08:52 08 Oct 06
  Diodorus Siculus 08:53 08 Oct 06

Boot with the XP CD and take it from there; you can format the drive and install Windows as you wish.

  SonnyB 11:30 08 Oct 06

Many thanks, I will give it a go very shortly.

  SonnyB 16:45 08 Oct 06

Exactly how do I select the cd (optical) as the drive to boot from?
I have tried to do this from ther bios boot screen but I am not sure if I am selecting it correctly as there is still a '+' mark next to 'hard drive' even though I highlight 'optical'. And once booted I still end up at the ctrl alt delete screen.
Is there some sort of confirmation of boot device I have missed?

  Diodorus Siculus 17:01 08 Oct 06

Within the BIOS there should be an option for choosing the order of boot disks; ide 1 / 2 etc or optical drive 1 etc.

Choose an optical drive first of all.

  Diodorus Siculus 17:03 08 Oct 06

click here

for an example

  Fingees 17:23 08 Oct 06

It;s sometimes in the bios under advanced settings/boot sequence.

Highlight boot sequence press return and selest cd as first boot device.

  SonnyB 17:29 08 Oct 06

Many thanks all, it seems to be working so far!

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