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Tony Ramm
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:21 pm:   

A friend at work was given an old computer (486)running windows 3.1. His wife accidently enabled the password when the computer is first turned on during power up.
Does anyone know how to get around the password or change it? The people they got the computer from do not know the password either.
Any help would be appreciated.
Ian Cowan
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:21 pm:   

If you have the manual for the motherboard, set the jumpers to clear the EEPROM, boot it up, then shut it down, and change the jumper back to its normal setting. *Poof*, no more password.
Andy Flesner
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:21 pm:   

Find someone that knows how to hack into BIOS(like me!). Then you try to get into DOS and format c: Then, you re-install windows. Unless you know what you're doing, then you can delete the *pwl files. Just go into Find Folders or Files in Settings in the windows start menu. And search for *.pwl Delete ALL of them.
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:21 pm:   

find the file for the passwords. It will end in " .pwl" . You can use the command "find *.pwl" without the quote marks. Delete the pwl files.
to the above
Posted on Monday, March 13, 2000 - 6:46 am:   


This board is here to help everyone, not just the ones posting the question. There certainly are nicer ways to point out someones mistakes than foul language and name calling. Often questions are hastily read and some details missed. They are normally, politely corrected, which in turn usually results in a thank you from the initial person responding. Learning from our mistakes is often most productive. Maybe you know and I know, but where was "BIOS password" mentioned? Their responses actually offered more effort than yours...unless you just forgot to advise of a possible solution for Tony. After all, helping really is our initiative. I would have responded by email, but you also forgot your name and email for any response. Please be considerate of others when sharing your advice.

(EDITED) 3.1 does not have a START button ie andy
nor .pwl files both of u
and andy
u cannot hack into bios
nor can FORMATTING C: get rid of a BIOS password
get a clue before you advise ppl
you (EDITED).
Posted on Monday, March 13, 2000 - 11:04 pm:   

Many motherboards are different. Some tougher than others. a few possibilities to try:

-if the BIOS is AMI, try ami as the password.

-if there is any indication on the board of a reset jumper..(usually 3 or 4 pins) move the jumper over, reboot. If it works or not, then move the jumper back to it's original position.

-change your hardware configuration and create an error. Try removing the keyboard...removing the memory...etc. Hopefully it will ask if you want to run setup...say yes.

-pull the battery out...wait about 10 minutes, or even longer if you have something to go do. Put it back in and try again. You can also try shorting the battery connectors together.

-last but not a search for the program KillCMOS. I am yet to see it fail. However, this will only work if you can boot up past POST. If so, try this first, you will succeed.

Hope this helps anyone who is legitimately needing to bypass the BIOS password.
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2001 - 6:55 pm:   

I have gone through the bios password issue described above twice with different computers.Both times the I removed the battery and it didn't work.The first computer AMI worked,the second time I searched through the internet using searches like "Bios Crack",etc.And in twenty minutes of doing this I had a 34 kb dos program that generated the password I needed.Do the above and you'll have it in no time.
Sean Murray-Smith
Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2002 - 7:15 pm:   

I have a programme called bios (preceded by an inverted "bang") which works a treat. It's DOS based and is 47K long. Please advise and I shall email it to you.
Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2002 - 9:41 pm:   

BIOS passwords are located on the bios chip. No matter what you do to the hard drive the password will not go away. Here is a link with step by step instructions on what to do to try and get passed the bios password:,24330,3339616,00.html
Big Guy
Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2004 - 1:20 pm:   

I have had to pull the MOBO battery and leave it out for an extended period of time. After so long, put it back in and boot up the machine to see if the password is gone.
Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 - 2:40 pm:   

you guysforget that if he can not get past the bios, how is he supposed to run a dos program unless he already has it installed.

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