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installation cancellation - any ideas?


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#1 Joeso

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 10:52 PM

Well, this is a real mess. OK, I'm pretty lost here, and not exactly certain how I'm going to get out of this mess.
 
Basically, a relative got a virus or something, and their password (sam file) was compromised. I decided to take the XP installation CD and reset the password (using http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/recover-your-windows-xp-administrator-password-with-the-installation-disk/).
 
Basically I kept proceeding until I would find the 'press R to repair' message. Unfortunately, it would seem that never happened. Eventually there was a prompt of a partition to overwrite (I chose the main) and a format option (I chose don't format).
 
Once I got to the install screen (http://www.labtestproject.com/screenshot/windows_xp/pages/013_install_device.html) I decided to take the CD out, and power down.
 
Right now I can think of only one option to save the important documents: take out the hard drive, and scan it for files.
 
Any suggestions on how I can exit this installation, and remove the admin password?


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Posted 30 August 2015 - 11:17 PM

I'm wondering if there is any known method of aborting the 'Installing Windows' installation phase.

Also has the "SAM" file has been overwritten by now? I knew I should have just burned a Linux bootable CD for this.






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