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Q: How to unlock a computer

I have Windows XP......and my question is........when i sign on to my computer a window shows up and says.....THIS COMPUTER IS IN USE AND HAS BEEN LOCKED...only YOUR-3E1ECJMPN9 owner or an administrator can unlock this computer. Now i went into Control Panel and went into Owner and changed the Owner name (because it didn't have a name only said Owner) and i changed the password......so this way if it shows up again i can punch those in and it would except......Well it did...but now it keeps coming up as i am in the middle of something....I need to know how to get rid of that box? And, it comes up all the time when the computer goes to sleep on me..and i don't know how to shut that off also....so it won't fall asleep....If there is anyone who can help......please help ......thank you for ur time.

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A: How to unlock a computer

To turn off the password on hybernation right click anywhere on your desktop

To shut off hybernation

Select properties
Click the screensaver tab
Click the power button
In the power schemes taqb, click never to:
turn off monitor.
turn off harddisks.
system standby.
next click the advanced tab

Uncheck the "prompt for a password when computer resumes from standby"

next
Click the hybernate tab

uncheck the enable hbernation tab

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Hi
i have 1 T external Hard that is encrypt by Bitlocker tool .... when in plug in my hard into my computer and enter unlock password it doesn't open it and shows responding error ...i try with the others computers and in shows same error...i have a very very
important files and information in my hard...and i didn't save my recovery password ...please please help me...
Thanks
niusha

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1st of all, im not sure in which topic i have to post this issue,
sorry if im post it in wrong page

Problem:
unlock.exe <-- using this software, its locked all the access, and unable to unlock,

/me if this software run has admin, we can unlock it back,
but, the rite click was disabled,
to repair registry, locked too,
to access C:, locked too...


Its all checked - have to unchacke
WARNING: PLEASE DONT CHECK ALL AND PRESS 'UBAH!'

Translation:
Ubah - Change
Keluar - Exit
Settingan yang diubah - changed settings
Tambah Toolbar - Add Toolbar
Hapus History - clear History
Tidak ada autorun - No Autorun
Jam Taskbar - Taskbar Clock

The Software -
http://navins.biz/temp/unlock.rar

Please Guide me,
Thanx alot...

Greetings.
- NavinS

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Western Digital WD My Passport 2 TB external hard drive
Western Digital's security software allows a password to be set on the external drive, encrypting it. When the drive is connected to a PC, a virtual CD (VCD) partition runs (via autorun) an unlocker utility WD Drive Unlock.exe, that allows password entry.
When I connect the locked drive to a Windows 7 PC (that does not have any WD software installed), the autoun popup appears and I select "Run WD Drive Unlock.exe". At that point, User Account Control (UAC) elevation prompt appears, requiring Administrator
password in order to continue.
WD Drive Unlock then lets me enter password.
Because of UAC elevation, the unlocker can be used only by an Administrator user or by a standard user account who knows the Administrator password.

QUESTION
Is UAC elevation prompt truly necessary?
Is it appearing because Western Digital hasn't coded the unlocker exe correctly, or would any such utility require UAC elevation?

I'd like to find a way that a standard user account can run the unlocker to enter passsword and access the external drive, without having to know the Windows Admin password.

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Hello, My Windows 7 Lenovo computer got a FBI virus  Friday which blocked my computer and asked for $200.00 payment through MoneyPak to unlock computer within 48 hours.  FYI I was able to discover this was a scam and am in process of getting MoneyPak $ returned to me by MoneyPak per support. However I continue to have the computer virus (ransom malware?) which has frozen my computer.  Would anyone be able to help me please remove virus.....some background information:1,) I have tried to start the computer in safe mode.....I get to my password entry screen and with password start-up the computer automatically cuts off.2.) I cannot ESC to exit and need to manually press on/off button to shut down. Thanks for your consideration and help.*Moderator Edit:Moved topic from Windows 7 to the appropriate forum for malware removal. ~ Queen-Evie*

A:Computer Virus FBI warning pay with MoneyPak to unlock computer within 48 hours:

Welcome aboard
 
I'll report this topic to appropriate helpers.
Hold on there...

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Hi
I get this message " this computer is in use and has been locked only in CPQ 95163179221 then my name or administration"...It then asks for password and I just click on ok with no password and I can then continue with my work.
Please help this is a bothersome problem.
Thanks so much
Pat
P.S this seems to come up when my screen saver comes up.
 

A:Need help with UNLOCK COMPUTER

Check to make sure you haven't set your screensaver in the Password mode.
 

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Dear All

As a first time poster, be gentle.

I have Windows XP Pro and I am forever being asked when leaving the computer for 30 minutes or so to " unlock computer" when I have to then enter my password.

To be honest with you I am sick to death of having to do it and have tried to remove it but am not competent enough to do so.

HEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP PLEEEEEEASE
 

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I have this extreme weird problem were my computer locked me out right after I restarted from a Iobit disk and registry defragmentation. When I booted back up it automatically showed me the (The user name or password is incorrect). It's kinda like it thinks I don't have a password so it auto logs me in and then for some reason I don't log in. I'm guessing the problem has something to to with the registry because I don't think defragmentation would cause this. Also I tried the Offline NT password reset program that you need to mount on a disk image and then run the pc with that in but even though the software said that it removed my password it still says I can't log in. I would really appreciate help because I spent a lot of money for a person my age on an expensive pc.

A:How do I unlock my computer?

I think Iobit makes Advanced System Care? I'd generally avoid those type of apps.

Have you attempted a System Restore to a time prior to whenever this began? You may have to boot into safe mode.

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Im using window xp home edition, when i start my comp it shows this diaglog tell me to log in. when i try to sign out it wont let me it says the admin( me ) locked it ! it locked automaticly ! plz help!
 

A:how to unlock the computer?

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I turn on the laptop, screen saver is there with the login in middle of screen. Have tried numerous variations of my password but cannot gain access. What to do now? Nowhere on screen is there a way to reset password.Janet

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On a compaq computer running XP this (see attachment) keeps popping up after awakening from screen saver.
It goes away when ok is clicked and normal operation resumes. Its really just a hassle factor. There never was a password in the first place.

We had a look at this: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=242917 and found that was not the problem.

Any help appreciated.
 

A:Solved: Unlock computer, but computer not locked

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Hi everyone, I have no idea how it happened but after rebooting I have to enter a password to enter my computer. Is there any way I can undo it??

Not really a big deal but annoying. LOL

Thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

A:Solved: How to unlock my computer?

So you know the password and are able to get in but you want it to AutoLogon?

You have Vista Ultimate?
http://itsvista.com/2006/12/itsvista-tip-5-autologin-on-vista/
 

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I am unable to unlock my computer. When i try to enter password it will not let me. Just keeps making that "dink" sound.
 

A:unable to unlock computer

Duplicate post - please keep your replies here.
windows xp
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/1078467-windows-xp.html
 

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I have managed to somehow put a lock my computer. Now, everytime I leave it for just a few minutes I have to enter my password to get back in. How do I disable this feature?? I am using WinXP. Thanks.....
 

A:Lock/Unlock computer

Change power settings to not prompt for a password after resuming from a screen saver or sleep mode.

How does one accidentally put a lock on their own computer that they didn't want there? Usually the Lock / Unlock options appear on company computers for security purposes. That's not the case here, right?
 

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Ok so on my PC, I have one user, that I keep locked all the time. I want to try and make it so that it wakes up at 5:30AM and unlock the computer all on its own. Please help, sorry if this is in the wrong section this is my first post.

A:Trying to automatically unlock computer

can we ask why you would want to do this?

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I have a user who's computer was locked and he was unable to unlock it. The screen to unlock the screen showed fine, but the username and password were greyed out. No function key allowed access to it and the username was not filled in.

The computer is a Acer Travelmate C111-ti. XP SP1.

Anyone have any idea why the unlock screen would not allow access to the computer? The user does have admin rights to the machine.

A reboot allowed back in, but I would like to fix the machine and not just reboot it, in case this happens again.
 

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Can anyone explain why I get this Unlock Computer Message from Windows XP. It says: "The computer is in use and has been locked." How do I delete this?
 

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Has anybody else suffered this scam?
Your screen freezes and a big message appears telling you your computer has been locked because you're guilty of cybercrime, and that you must pay a fine of ?100 to get it unlocked. Needless to say we're innocent.
Ctrl-Alt-Del won't get us out of the locked screen, so we have to switch off the computer, but on rebooting, the lock and message is still there!
I rebooted again, this time in Safe Mode and ran a Sys Restore which got rid of the message and unlocked my computer, and I followed up with AVG and Adaware scans, and my PC seems to be working fine again.
I only mention it to let people know they'll be able to do what I did and use Sys Restore to get out of the scammy lock.
I'm not too PC-savvy so there may be other ways to break the lock that i don't know about besides Sys Restore, I don't know.

A:"Pay to unlock your computer" scam

Sounds like some variant of Ransomware, a form of extortion in which the attacker encrypts a victim's personal information (data files) and then demands money (ransom) in exchange for a decryption key that can be used to retrieve the encrypted files. For more information, please read:Ransomware ?Holds Up? Victims by Sravan GanachariNew GpCode Ransomeware attack by Harry WaldronSometimes using System Restore as a method of recovery works but other times it may not since System Restore was not designed to be a virus or malware removal tool. Whether it will be successful depends on what type of infection you are dealing with, what damage the malware has already caused, whether it disabled System Restore and if not, what is restored during the process. This is what mvps.org has to say:Can I use System Restore to remove virus or malware infection?NO. System Restore was not designed to be a virus or spyware removal tool and should not be depended on.Kaspersky Virus-fighting utilities have several fixes for some types of ransomeware such as: XoristDecryptor (Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Xorist)RectorDecryptor (Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Rector)RannohDecryptor (Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Rannoh)

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My computers : D drive is locked with bitLocker encrypt. But I have forget my password and lost bitLocker recovery disk. Please help me to get the password.

A:Unlock :D drive of my computer

OUCH! Hello jintho Welcome to the Seven Forums!

Post #12 on one thread seen at Help with lost password. has a few password recovery tools if they will work for this.

The usual end result seen when forgetting a password for an encrpted drive however is simply to reformat the drive to see it made available again at the cost of the data on it. The other thread I can point you to however dealt with the same problem of being locked out of your drive once encrpted. Help with Bitlocker

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I just purchased this touchsmart envy laptop yesterday as my old one crashed & I can not remember the password I set to unlock the computer.

A:Computer unlock password

Hi, If you normally sign-on with an email and password, see if you can reset the password via another PC from the Microsoft page on the following link.  https://account.live.com/password/reset Otherwise, there is a general policy on the Forum not to provide methods to bypass Windows log-on passwords, however a local computer shop would be able to do this for you. Another option, if all your personal data etc is backed-up ( or you have nothing you need to save ), would be to reset the notebook to its 'Factory Condition' and then set it up from the beginning ? if you don?t have your Recovery Media, the notebook will have shipped with a Recovery Partition which can be accessed at boot - ie shutdown the notebook, then start tapping away at f11 as soon as you power on. A full guide on this can be found on the following link. http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00006110#!&AbT1%3Fjumpid=hpr_r1002_usen_link1 Regards, DP-K

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Hello,

HELP! HELP! HELP!

My computer has been blocked by "Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section" of the "United States Department of Justice". A message covers my screen like a screensaver, there is no "X" out button or anything.

Here is what the message says:

ATTENTION!!!
Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below.

You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Videos, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright Clause which states.

To unblock the computer, you must pay the fine through MoneyPak of $100.
How do I unlock computer using the MoneyPak?

1. Find a retail location near you.
2. Look for a MoneyPak in the prepaid section. Take it to the cashier and load it with cash $100. A service fee of up to $4.95 will apply.
3. To pay fine, you should enter the digits MoneyPak resulting code in the payment form and press OK.
At the moment I am in safe mode with a network so I'm wondering if this message is true. If it isn't I would like to remove it as soon as possible.

In other forums I have followed your instructions on RogueKiller. Here is my RKreport.txt:

RogueKiller V7.5.4 [06/07/2012] by Tigzy
mail: tigzyRK<at>gmail<dot>com
Feedback: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/files/file/413-roguekiller/
Blog: http://tigzyrk.blogspo... Read more

A:Blocked computer, wants $100 to unlock it

Welcome to the forum, chev65ss!There is a ransomware hijacker masked as US Department of Justice warnings about illegal activities on your computer, but, these are fake warnings. Please do not provide any monetary gain to this scheme!Is it possible for you to boot into the Directory Services Restore Mode?You can do so by restarting the computer.As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears.Select: Directory Services Restore ModeThe computer engages in a few processes, and finally takes you to a type of Safe Mode with Networking mode with capabilities to download programs.Next, please do the following...Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Save to the Desktop.MBAM may make changes to the Registry as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect Registry changes, they may interfere or alert you. Permit them to allow the changes.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.Make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Click: FinishMBAM automatically starts and you are asked to update the program.If an update is found, the program automatically updates itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the Perform Full Scan option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the d... Read more

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So for the past 2-3 weeks I have been noticing a ton of lag in my computer. I will go into detail of my problem after I list my specs:


Code:
Computer Specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33GHz)
Intel DG33FBC Motherboard
500W Power Supply
4x1GB PC26400 Crucial RAM
2x500GB Seagate 7200.10 (1 of these is boot drive)
1x160GB Western Digital
This computer is running Windows XP for almost 2 years now. I have reformatted a few times, but this installation is probably 8 months old. Lately I have been noticing that when I boot up my computer or if I unlock it after its been locked for about an hour (or more) it takes about 5 minutes for it to come back into a working state. When I boot up my computer I will see one item pop up in the taskbar (bottom right) and then I just have an hourglass for about 5 minutes before the other processes start and I begin to see other items in the taskbar.

I have run CCleaner and checked MSConfig for my startup processes and at last count I only have 8 processes running at startup. But this should not effect the "lag" after my computer is unlocked.

Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this?

Thanks in advance.

A:Computer Lags on Startup & After Unlock

when you lock it is it going into hibernate mode

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Dell E5530
 
Occurs in both docked with usb keyboard, and laptop keyboard
Neither Sleep or Hibernate solve problem.
 
The only key that works is the tilde key and the caps lock key
 
Windows up to date
Drivers up to date as far as I can tell
 
Looking for direction
 
Thanks
 

A:Keyboard freezes, cannot unlock computer

 Download and run speccy and minitoolbox.  In minitoolbox check the following boxes: 
List last 10 Event Viewer entries
List installed programs
List user partitions and memory sizes
List minidump files
 
 In Speccy, after it runs click File -> Publish snapshot.  That will give you a link to the results.  Copy & paste that link into your next post here.

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How do you unlock a computer (Win7 Enterprise) that has been locked by the previous user and "Fast User Switching" has been turned off? A little more details:
The desktop reads, "Press Ctrl, Alt, Delete to unlock this computer" and below that its displays the user who is currently logged in and locked the computer. When you do press Ctrl, Alt, Delete to unlock the computer you are presented with an icon of the user account, the user's domain\username and a button labeled "Cancel."
There is also the button in the lower right corner for "Ease of Access."
In this situation, how do you unlock that user account or log that user off?

A:Unlock computer when switch user is turned off?

Welcome!

To unlock the account, you will need to type in the password.

To log on to a different account, click "Cancel".

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Hello,

I would like to know if there is a way to play a sound when the computer is locked and/or unlocked, similar to the way a sound normally plays during log on/log off. There's no obvious way in the Sounds options window.

Thank you

A:Add sound event for Lock/Unlock computer

  
Quote: Originally Posted by sklar


Hello,

I would like to know if there is a way to play a sound when the computer is locked and/or unlocked, similar to the way a sound normally plays during log on/log off. There's no obvious way in the Sounds options window.

Thank you


I know this is an old thread but I too would like to know if this can be done. =/

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I left my laptop (Acer 5003 Aspire) alone for a few minutes. It now has a dialog box showing, saying:

Unlock computer [on the bar at the top of the dialog box]

This computer is in use and has been locked.
Only [COMPUTERNAME]\[Username] or an administrator can unlock this computer.

Username: [Greyed out box with flashing text cursor]
Password: {Greyed out]



[buttons:} _OK_ _Cancel_

The "Cancel" button is greyed out too.

If I try to type in the username box, I get a warning 'ping!', but no text appears. The exceptions to this are if I type one of the function keys, or a capital letter U, I, O, J, K, L, M, or the punctuation & or * or (. In those cases I I do not get a warning 'ping!', but still get no text. I cannot tab to or click in the Password field. The mouse tracks fine. If I click the OK button, I get another dialog box with a big warning X on it, saying:

This computer is in use and has been locked. Only [COMPUTERNAME]\[Username] or an administrator can unlock this computer.

I of course know all the users that are registered on this machine, and their passwords. If this were a desktop, I would pull the power cord out and restart it, in the hope I could log in as normal. Since this is a laptop, and the "Power Off" button is also disabled, and I cannot pull out the power cable, as this will only have it work on the battery. What do you recommend I do?

A:'Unlock computer' fields greyed out (RESOLVED)

Okay. So I did the obvious, I suppose.

I removed the power cable and the battery, and teh laptop turned itself off.

Replaced battery and turned it on again, and it powered up with an ordinary login ,, and let me login as me. So far so good, I'll tell you if I get another problem ....

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Mothers laptop before she passed and cousin actidentlly lock it up.

A:Trouble administrator password to unlock computer

Tif1 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!Hey, I understand ...But, do not despair. If you have access to a working PC and are willing to do a little work you may be able to recover your password, or if that fails, you may be able to reset it.The recovery tool is known as ophcrack and can be found here: http://www.top-password.com/knowledge/recover-windows-10-password-with-ophcrack.htmlThe reset tool is the Trinity Rescue Kit, and can be found here: http://trinityhome.org/Home/index.php?content=TRINITY_RESCUE_KIT_DOWNLOADOnce you have the downloaded file, you have a choice of media to create:1) If you can boot from CD, download and install ImgBurn and use the Write Image to Disk option to create a bootable CD.2) If you can boot from USB, download and install RUFUS and use the option to create a bootable USB stick from the ISO file.Once you have the media created, you can read this post for information on how to use it: https://www.lifewire.com/free-windows-password-recovery-tools-2626179Good Luck

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It's the strangest thing. I have just gone through a complete Hard Drive wipe and then installed XP Pro (used to be Home Edition). I have installed all of my software and updated all of the drivers, all seems well.

Yet my excessively long and complex password (which uses upper and lowercase characters), will not unlock the computer whenever I lock my account (press WinKey+L).

There is no chance that I am mispelling or mistyping my password because I obviously remember it clearly to be able to login in the first place. My first thought was that it was something to do with the keyboard layout setup in the control panel -> regional language options. I was right at first and set the correct configuration, all of the settings are English - United Kingdom, as I want them to be (i got uk keyboard layout). For example, if I hold down shift and then slide my finger across keys 1-0 I will get:
!"£$%^&*()
I also clicked the setting saying the configuration is set across all accounts. So I am pretty darn sure there is nothing wrong to do with the language options.

As a temporary fix I changed my password so it doesn't use upper/lowercase combinations but only includes normal letters.

Please could somebody explain what's could be causing this wierd problem.
 

A:Solved: Password logs me on, but won't unlock computer after WinKey+L

I was under the impression that this website had many members and was very active. I havn't walked into another dead forum website have I?
 

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Hi, we are experiencing this issue lately in our domain and it happens randomly to some of our users where they cannot unlock their computer.


We are sure the user account is not locked in AD and nor password is expired. The user account was successfully used for log in when the computer first turned on but when trying to unlock their computer after locking it, it says "The username or password
is incorrect".  It seems to only happens when the computer is connected to domain network. When we unplug the LAN cable, the computer can be unlocked normally using their account password. But it will happen again when the computer is locked while connected to domain.
We have to unplug the LAN cable again and this will keep happening constantly until we restart or force shutdown the computer. Even after restarting the computer, things will only go normally for a few times until it then showing the same behavior again.
Our active directory is using windows 2012 R2 server and never had any of this issue before. Can anyone please help us? Many thanks in advance.

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I have 10 new Win7(64)Pro Dell Optiplex980

8 of 10 are having this issue

Network w/ SBS2k3 Domain Policy requires (for pci compliance) to force all workstations to lock if inactive for 10 minutes.

When a user returns to their pc, the press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to provide their login creds. Upon doing so correctly, the screen goes black, and appears to be completely unresponsive... The only option is the hard boot the device...

In some cases if we elect to lock manually (rather that wait 10 min) login from this seems to work most of the time, but in some cases I end up with the same result described above...

One other note, is that I have yet to experience any of the other issues I've read through on this forum (thank god) meaning, I have not loggon problems on any of my machines unless unlocking a pc that has a user already logged in... FYI, if I switch users, I've had a 100% success loggin in doing this, It only seems to affect a user that is unlocking the machine that is currently logged in...

All 10 were configured out of the box with Dell setup, all fully updated, all configured the same way... We've disabled all identifyable power management settings (win/bios), disabled hibernation (powercfg -h off). In short all 10 machines are identical... The weird part is that 2 of the machines have never had a problem with any of this...

It seems like once locked, the machines don't want to unlock. ps: on rare instances the pc did unlock but it took 3-10 minutes, in m... Read more

A:Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock Computer > Login > Black Sreen

I'd suggest 2 things:
- update all drivers to the manufacturer's latest version (not Dell, but the actual manufacturer of each device). If they have ATI graphics, install the Drivers Only drivers - not the Catalyst Control Center
- once all device drivers are installed, then get all Windows Updates. Carefully review the optional/additional one's to see what they are before installing them.

Beyond that, I'd take one of the systems and see if the issue occurs without the group policy settings.
Ruling out the group policy is probably the most important thing at this point.

Fixing the KSOD (Black Screen of Death) is very difficult, very time consuming, and usually unsuccessful. In the past (at work) we've tried to fix them. We've spent weeks (literally!) and weren't able to fix them. So we don't even try to fix them any longer- we just ask the customer about a backup and then reinstall Windows.

Once you've ruled out the Group Policy settings, then the problem becomes one of fixing the individual systems - and then you can decide to either try and fix then or simply wipe and reinstall Windows.

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It's the strangest thing. I have just gone through a complete Hard Drive wipe and then installed XP Pro (used to be Home Edition). I have installed all of my software and updated all of the drivers, all seems well.
Yet my excessively long and complex password (which uses upper and lowercase characters), will not unlock the computer whenever I lock my account (press WinKey+L).
There is no chance that I am mispelling or mistyping my password because I obviously remember it clearly to be able to login in the first place. My first thought was that it was something to do with the keyboard layout setup in the control panel -> regional language options. I was right at first and set the correct configuration, all of the settings are English - United Kingdom, as I want them to be (i got uk keyboard layout). For example, if I hold down shift and then slide my finger across keys 1-0 I will get:
!"£$%^&*()

I also clicked the setting saying the configuration is set across all accounts. So I am pretty darn sure there is nothing wrong to do with the language options.

As a temporary fix I changed my password so it doesn't use upper/lowercase combinations but only includes normal letters.
Please could somebody explain what's could be causing this wierd problem.
 

A:Solved: Password logs me on, but won't unlock computer after WinKey+L

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does anyone know or can anyone help me out on how to use software to flash and unlock phones and frp bypass or unlock please i am very knew at this and trying to learn how to plus i bought a new phone that is locked cause the gmail account was not erased
before it was reset

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Whenever I press Win-L, it locks to my welcome screen and stays locked like that, even if my screensaver comes up. But when my computer automatically locks after 5 min. it goes to the "Unlock this Computer" dialog box.

Is there anyway to change the auto-lock to my welcome screen?
 

A:Win-L locks to Welcome Screen, but auto-lock goes to "Unlock this Computer"

Bump!
 

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http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=242917. This will explain it all. I have did what it says to do but nothing works. I am the only one who uses my computer at home and I don't have it locked. When the message shows it will let me click ok without putting my administrater password, (which I have no idea what it is anyway!) I have tried to change screensavers and all (my official screensaver is my pictures slideshow) but I have no clue at what to do! Can someone help me with this problem? I have windows xp pro. And I can't figure out how it did all this!
Thanks for reading, Harley Babe

A:Administrator Unable to Unlock a "Locked" Computer

That you can click okay without entering a password and have it work just means that you do not have a password on your account.
As they say, the problem is caused by a bad screensaver.
You need to remove that one.
Have you tried changing the screensaver to none and then change all settings to always on ?
Did you do the registry edit microsoft tells you to do there?
What about boot to safe mode and change the screensaver?

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At work I constantly run into an issue of someone who has logged into a computer and instead of logging out they just left it on and walked away causing the computer to lock or manually locking it themself. Some terminals will have a button which says "Other Credentials" while sometimes that button is unavailable. Why is this and how do I fix it so I don't have to kill the power every time a computer is locked? I've searched everywhere and there have been other people asking this question and the answer is, "log in as administrator and unlock the computer." How do I log in as administrator if I can't even get somewhere to enter an account name?

It's driving me nuts.

Mike

A:How do I unlock a computer with no "Other Credentials" button?

Mike, you'll have to ask the "how come?"question to those who are the Administrators of the computers and those who own the network Domain...

If the "user" connected to the Domain doesn't log out, then you're faced with telling them what they need to do.

If you're the Domain's IT, then you need to have a "dialog" with owner's permission to accomplish your 'job'.

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I have a password on my windows user account. Whenever I leave my computer, I "lock" my computer ('windows key' + L). The "unlock computer" dialog by default centers itself on the screen, but I have been wondering for a while now if there is something I can change in the registry (or something) that will let me decide where that window will appear when I lock my computer. As of now, because of the background I have set, I'd like it to appear near the top-right corner.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
-Wes
 

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Q: Unlock

I have an ibm laptop, and it is locked.
I would like to know how i can unlock it?

A:Unlock

if it is bios locked only ibm can tell you and they will need you to prove ownership first

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My number will not unlock on the number pad, they work well with number above the letter, I have hit the unlock too many times and it will not unlock, can you help?

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Q: Unlock

How can I unlock the hard drive
 

A:Unlock

Hi, and welcome to TSG.

That would depend on the details and specifics about the hardware, operating system, and how the drive was locked; none of which you have shared with us.
 

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Q: unlock

when my computer first comes on there is a box in the middle of the screen that says locked and i press on that then I can use it how do i get rid of that box so i can turn it on and it goes straight onto windows I have vista thanks
 

A:unlock

Take a look here.
 

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I spilled something on mouse the other day and as a result I cannot right-click. Instead, I press shift and click. For some reason, lately, I have not been able to do this. I also notice that the function key is not doing anything and the F1-12 buttons work without it, as if the Fn is locked. Does anyone know how to change this back? I can't right click at all anymore and its kind of annoying.
 

A:How to unlock Fn key?

A 5 button mouse costs around $15. What's your excuse for trying to fix it? Just replace it.
 

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Well I never thought I would be here. I was doing regular check-up on all computers when the
wife gave me her Dell Inspiron Mini, forgot the password I was told this problem is new to me./ No clue
Dell Inspiron Mini  OS XP
What do I do

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anybody knows how can i unlock my pc if i don't have the password.

A:unlock my pc

Is it when you start the computer or when you login. Here is the login password reset.

Reset User Account Password

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I have an Inspiron 2650 and the Fn key is locked.....my cat sat on the keyboard.I have tried everything I can think of to unlock but to no avail.  I have to use the Fn key for all keys that have both characters/numbers or letter/numbers.  Anyone know how to unlock?? There are 3 indicator lights at the top of the keyboard....1 is CAPS lock, 1 is  NUMS lock and the third is what is lit and apparently controls this function but I have no idea what it is called.   Sorry if I am not explaining myself properly.   Thanks.  

A:Unlock Fn Key

hold down the fn key and tap f12. (or scroll lock if it isn't f12)

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Hey guys, i'm currently running a system with a p4p800 se m/b and a p4 2.4Ghz proc. with 1.5gb of ddr 400 ram 2 X 512mb and 2 X 256mb. The problem i'm having is that, my bios sets my fsb at 133 and my ram speed to 266mhz, what i'd like to know is if there is a custom bios or something that can help me unlock the multiplier. I have overclocked my processor to 3.2Ghz and it's running cooler with my cpu cooler but that only pushes my ram to 333mhz. Can you help me?
 

A:P4 Cpu unlock?

P4s are multi locked. There are hardware hacks to unlock however I never recommend doing so.

If it is just that your ram speed increases and you do not want it to, just use a lower divider or ram speed. When you raise the fsb, it is back to where it should be.
 

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Q: unlock

my computer had a system recovery and i want to find out how to get all my stuff back from my hard drive disc D but it has a lock on it and it doesnt let me open it what do i do

A:unlock

what is the exact error message you're getting?

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