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#1 pcvictim

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 11:38 PM

I really dont know if I ever used a password or gave one...I just installed sp3 from an undate from microsoft and now I have a logon screen which I never had before....I have never used a password to logon and now with the new screen it wants one and I dont have one so the computer just sits there waiting on me...it wont let me do anything ...does anyone have the answer to this one...thanks in advance

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 11:39 PM

Have you tried just leaving it blank and hitting enter or ok, or whatever the prompt is?

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:40 AM

yes I have tried that a few times

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 01:01 AM

The only other possibility I can think of, if you never set one up, is just using admin, or 1. Those are the ones that shops sometimes use when setting a computer up.

If those do not work, I have no idea, sorry

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 07:35 AM

It does another odd thing..if you try a password and it is not the one a black screen comes up with a box in the middle saying the system cannot log you on now because the domain (my computer name) is not available...


I have tried all that you have said and it is still a no go..thanks

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 04:08 PM

I guess what I will have to do is install the xp pro disk and make a clean install....I just hate loosing all my music and carpentry plans from sketchup for the kitchen...thanks to all for trying

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 05:42 PM

Did you boot into Safe Mode and login as administrator? Then you can change the password and reboot into norm mode

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 09:20 PM

intrinsic....thank you for the reply and yes I have been in the safe mode and yes I did try to log into administrator but it would not let me...I have no password but I tried a few anyway and also just clicking enter on empty box

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 10:00 PM

For the record,
It is against forum policy to provide any help or information to by pass or circumvent any security.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 12:59 AM

@fairjoeblue...sorry I didnt know.........please close this thread for me....thank you

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 10:05 AM

could you help me with a clean install then....I cannot do an install either ...I did an f8 to death and didnt help...thanks

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 10:23 AM

Turn the unit on and put the XP disk in the drive.
Leave the disk in the drive and restart the unit,
Watch the screen for a message that says "Press any key to boot from CD,
Press a key on the keyboard,
Wait while it goes through starting from the disk,
[You may have to press F8 during startup to accept the EULA]
When you get to the screen with the box that shows the current version of XP installed press "D" on the keyboard,
Press "Enter"
Press "L"
You now should have a screen asking what file system you want to format to, NTFS should be selected by default,
Press enter,
The disk will be formatted and the installation will automatically begin when the format is finished,
During the installation the computer will restart DO NOT press a key to boot from the CD again !
At that point the unit will boot from the hard drive and continue the installation.
After awhile you will be asked to "name" your computer,
I suggest naming it the same as the main user ID.
[Example, I have an XP unit named "testbox" the user name is also "testbox"
You will be asked if you want to turn on automatic updates, select NO or Not now,
You will be asked if you want to setup a network connection, click on skip,
You will be asked to enter a user name and password,
Enter the same name you used for the unit ,
Only enter a password if you want to have to log on every time XP starts,
[If you have more then one user you can enter passwords later]
Follow the prompts to finish.
When you get to the desktop the only icon showing will be the recycle bin
Click on the "Tour XP balloon [or icon in the taskbar by the clock] and click "Cancel"
Go to Start>Control Panel,
Double click "Taskbar and Start Menu"
Click on the "Start Menu" tab
Put a dot in the circle by "Classic Start Menu"
[That will put the icons on the desktop]
Click OK
Double click on "Folder Options"
Click on the "View" tab
Go down the list until you find "Show hidden files and folders"
[for future use]
put a dot in the circle by it
Click OK
Close the Control Panel
Double click on "My Computer"
Right click on the "C:" drive
Left click on "Properties"
Click on the "Tools" tab
Click on "Defragment Now"
Defrag the drive
When you are done start installing your other programs and applications
[Defrag again when finished]
When they are installed if you have the "activate XP" notice do the activation,
When you have gotten this far either go to Windows Update and do the updates or go to "My Computer" and right click on it
Left click on "Properties"
When the box opens click on the "Automatic Updates" tab
Put a dot in the circle next to "Automaic [Recommended]
Click OK.
In order for the Automatic Updates to begin right away turn the unit completely off then restart it.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 11:42 AM

Hi thanks for the reply...the computer will not even boot to the point it asks for me to click a key to start...the computer is locked...it ignors the reboot cd and goes to the logon box everytime.....if I buy a new harddrive will all this go away and make it work...thanks

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 12:38 PM

you need to go in the BIOS setup, locate the boot options, & set it top boot from the CD drive first.

If the BIOS setup is password protected & you don't know the password the unit is pretty much a paper weight.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 01:14 PM

a paperweight I dont need but a light fishing anchor maybe...thank you for all your help...I got a new harddrive and clean installed with the help of your above post and all is well so far..thanks again




you may close this thread if you like

Edited by pcvictim, 27 May 2009 - 08:57 PM.





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