Novell Client Password & Username

By topkat690 ยท 6 replies
Oct 10, 2006
  1. Hi, I just got a dell pc from my brother who got them from a company that is changing out all ther old pc's for newer ones the problem is that the office manager does not know the passwords or usernames to the pc I have which is xp professional. when I boot up the computer it goes to the Novell Client login screen does anyone know how I can get around this and remove it from the computer?

  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    First, you are better off formatting the thing and reinstalling Windows from scratch.
    Second, you have to know at least the password of the local administrator, so see above.
    Third, you probably did not receive any licenses for any additional software installed on the PC (Office for example), so see point 1.
  3. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    No offense mate, but how do we know that you got that pc from someone else? For all we know, you couldve stolen it for data retrieval or something... I don't feel right helping you with this - sorry.


  4. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    Well we'll be kind, and give the benifit of the doubt and assume its all legit etc. since some buisnesses do some spring cleaning and also change out their old tech for new ones as you may know.

    You can try break the novell password by use of some software app but since i don't know much of them i can't help you on that. Second, as Nodsu's presented you, wiping the HDD and starting from scratch is the better and less time consuming then searching for workarounds, at this present moment.
  5. topkat690

    topkat690 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No offenense taken but it is not stolen I have much higher morals than that I also have no problem with formatting the hard drive but I don't have a windows xp disk just the one that came with my newer dell since they only make them for dell computer will it work on any dell?
  6. topkat690

    topkat690 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Can I reformat the drive even though I can't get to windows and can I install xp home over xp professional?
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Yes, boot from the Windows install CD.

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