my uncle was given a hp pavilion ze4900 and forgot the password is there antway for me to get into it?

i havae tried to reinsatll windows xp but it is still locked is ther any way to get the administrator account or wipe the whole thing with out the password

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RelaxedSoup8 years ago
You could also use OPHCrack, it's a Linux disto used for Windows password recovery.
Aubrey Ava3 years ago

Sure. In your situation you'better to refer to a third-party software. I recommend an easy-to-use program-Windows Password Key. It can guide you to unlock your Windows XP password without losing any data. Please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download Windows Password Key on another accessible PC.

Step 2: Run the downloaded file and install it
Step 3: Burn a Windows XP password reset USB with Windows Password Key.
Step 4: Unlock your password with created disk above.

Yolandas6 years ago
First: Are there still accessible accounts with administrator rights?
The accounts also include the built-in or default admin account in system. If the built-in account still can login computer, we can do as the steps below (take Window 7 laptop as example):

1. Logon laptop from the available account with administrator privileges.
2. Start - Local Users and Groups – lusrmgr.msc(input in the Search box) – ENTER - Local Users and Groups - choose Users.
3. Right click the account needed to reset password, and then select Set Password.
4. Input and confirm the new password.

Second: Is there recovery disk?
Few of us may have the acer password reset disk created before we lost password. That’s to say, we should create this reset disc once we set password for our HP PC. When we forgot acer password, we can take it out and use it help us recover acer laptop password. Now, we can do as following steps to create a password recovery disk (take Windows XP as example):
1. Start - Control Panel - User Accounts – account name locked.
2. Under Related Tasks, click Prevent a forgotten password.
3. Create a password reset disk by following the Forgotten Password Wizard.

Remove HP password with the created disk:

4. Click the username once we enter the Windows logon interface and then press Enter as password box appears.
5. Click “use your password reset disk”. The Password Reset Wizard starts and Next.
6. Insert the password reset disk, and then Next.
7. Type a new password in the Type a new password box and in the confirm box.

Third: Is Windows password rescuer software the most efficient way?

The most saving time and efficient way to recover password is to use professional reset tool. Such as the popular Windows Password Rescuer Advanced, it can keep our data safe and recover password quickly without technique and special knowledge. What’s the more; it can be used for kinds of Windows Version even the Windows Server 2003, 2008 domain password. Just 3 quick steps:
1. Download Windows Password Rescuer from an available PC;
2. Install it and burn the ISO image file to a blank CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive;
3. Remove the lost HP password with the burned CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive.
vitejose7 years ago
Like RelaxedSoup said, you can use OPHCrack. However, this assumes that the computer is running either XP or Vista. OPHCrack offers a free crack that has a large amount of characters supported. If you're running Vista, then you're going to have to pay for the same level that they offer for XP. If you're on 7 or any thing else, you won't be able to use the software. I agree also with lemonie. From what you've described, it does look like it may be possibly a hardware password, such as in BIOS. I would recommend asking the previous owner for the password or going to tech support. Good luck!
syons vitejose6 years ago
Another popular tool,Offline NT Password :
But the problem is you need operate in Dos environment, which is more suitable for PC expert.

However, there is also a plenty of paid software which can help us reset the Windows password by a bootble DVD/CD or USB driver. As those Windows password recovery software with a small ISO image file, you can save a lost of time and space to download such program.These tools can recover windows password quickly and easily, such as Windows Password Rescuer.
Bartboy8 years ago
Press F5 (or F8, it varies by machine) and then move to "safe mode"
Enter account as "Admin", and use no password.
You forgot to say "while booting".  After the boot they don't do what you were expecting.
Haha. oops, I forgot.. :P
lemonie8 years ago
This sounds like a hardware password to annoy people who steal laptops. Your uncle should ask the person who gave it to him for the password (again).
Otherwise go to, or use to search "hp pavilion password"