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#1 phelin

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 03:03 AM

I just recently got a used comp from a friend who didn't have admin access. I would like to perform a sys recovery but I can't do that either. How can I get around this or get the admin password? It won't even let me access the internet or download/install any programs. The comp is a Compaq EVO N1020v runnign Windows XP Profeesional.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 03:34 AM

If you have the installation disc I would wipe the hdd with a utility like KillDisk and then reinstall the OS. No one here will be able to help you beyond this because of forum rules.


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Posted 31 December 2007 - 04:16 AM

Can I just back up my desktop and install that on my laptop?

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 10:06 AM

I'm not exactly sure what you mean. But, if you mean you want to take an image of the entire desktop hard drive and then copy it to the laptop, it won't work because none of the hardware drivers will match.

You might get lucky in that once you copy the image to the laptop you may be able to boot into Safe Mode, where you could then install the correct drivers. However, assuming you already have a valid license for Windows on your Desktop, you will need to ensure you have a valid license for the Laptop.

Having said all this, it would just be easier to do as dc3 recommended: format the Laptop and reinstall Windows.
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