Re-Install Windows XP



5hulses
07-10-2005, 12:31 AM
I received a computer from a neighbor which has Windows XP Professional
installed already, but the only problem is that you need a password from the
admin to get into Windows. Someone told me that I just can re-install
Windows XP with my copy (home) and it should solve the password problem.
Today I booted up my computer with the CD in the drive & all it did was go
right to the welcome screen as before. What gives?

Steve N.
07-10-2005, 12:31 AM
5hulses wrote:

> I received a computer from a neighbor which has Windows XP Professional
> installed already, but the only problem is that you need a password from the
> admin to get into Windows.

Your neighbor doesn't know the password? Did they give you any discs,
such as the Windows XP Pro CD or any installed software?

Read here:
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

> Someone told me that I just can re-install
> Windows XP with my copy (home) and it should solve the password problem.

Yeah, that'd do it.

> Today I booted up my computer with the CD in the drive & all it did was go
> right to the welcome screen as before. What gives?

Set the boot device order in BIOS to boot from the CDROM and pay
attention in case it says "Press a key to boot from CDROM".

Be aware that installing an additional instance of the same Windows copy
is a violation of the EULA and you might also run into activation
issues. Read here:

http://www.microscum.com/mmpafaq/

Personally, I'd try to get into the existing installation and evaluate
its health by scanning for viruses and spyware, check for file system
errors, etc. and then decide if the system is too screwed up to bother
cleaning up and whether a clean install is warranted. I'd also stick
with XP Pro, but that's just me because I don't like XP Home much.

Be aware! Others here will recommend that a clean install would be in
order sincce you don't know what that machine may have on it. Still
others will tell you that you must buy a new copy of Windows to install
on it or you will go to hell for being a software pirate.

Steve

T. Waters
07-10-2005, 12:31 AM
5hulses wrote:
> I received a computer from a neighbor which has Windows XP
> Professional installed already, but the only problem is that you need
> a password from the admin to get into Windows. Someone told me that
> I just can re-install Windows XP with my copy (home) and it should
> solve the password problem. Today I booted up my computer with the CD
> in the drive & all it did was go right to the welcome screen as
> before. What gives?

"What gives" is that your computer is looking for its instructions on the
hard drive. There is software on the computer's main circuit board that
tells the computer where to look for "boot" instructions, and you can
(carefully) go into the software and change the instructions so that your
computer will look at the CD-ROM first.
First, you have to determine the brand of motherboard you have.
See this article, since computers vary in the method of accessing the
motherboard.
"Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS"
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

5hulses
07-10-2005, 12:31 AM
Steve,

No, my neighbor doesn't know the password & he didn't give me any discs.
All I have is my CD of Windows XP Home.

"Steve N." wrote:

> 5hulses wrote:
>
> > I received a computer from a neighbor which has Windows XP Professional
> > installed already, but the only problem is that you need a password from the
> > admin to get into Windows.
>
> Your neighbor doesn't know the password? Did they give you any discs,
> such as the Windows XP Pro CD or any installed software?
>
> Read here:
> http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
>
> > Someone told me that I just can re-install
> > Windows XP with my copy (home) and it should solve the password problem.
>
> Yeah, that'd do it.
>
> > Today I booted up my computer with the CD in the drive & all it did was go
> > right to the welcome screen as before. What gives?
>
> Set the boot device order in BIOS to boot from the CDROM and pay
> attention in case it says "Press a key to boot from CDROM".
>
> Be aware that installing an additional instance of the same Windows copy
> is a violation of the EULA and you might also run into activation
> issues. Read here:
>
> http://www.microscum.com/mmpafaq/
>
> Personally, I'd try to get into the existing installation and evaluate
> its health by scanning for viruses and spyware, check for file system
> errors, etc. and then decide if the system is too screwed up to bother
> cleaning up and whether a clean install is warranted. I'd also stick
> with XP Pro, but that's just me because I don't like XP Home much.
>
> Be aware! Others here will recommend that a clean install would be in
> order sincce you don't know what that machine may have on it. Still
> others will tell you that you must buy a new copy of Windows to install
> on it or you will go to hell for being a software pirate.
>
> Steve
>
>

5hulses
07-10-2005, 12:31 AM
Once I figure what kind of motherboard I have, then what?

"T. Waters" wrote:

> 5hulses wrote:
> > I received a computer from a neighbor which has Windows XP
> > Professional installed already, but the only problem is that you need
> > a password from the admin to get into Windows. Someone told me that
> > I just can re-install Windows XP with my copy (home) and it should
> > solve the password problem. Today I booted up my computer with the CD
> > in the drive & all it did was go right to the welcome screen as
> > before. What gives?
>
> "What gives" is that your computer is looking for its instructions on the
> hard drive. There is software on the computer's main circuit board that
> tells the computer where to look for "boot" instructions, and you can
> (carefully) go into the software and change the instructions so that your
> computer will look at the CD-ROM first.
> First, you have to determine the brand of motherboard you have.
> See this article, since computers vary in the method of accessing the
> motherboard.
> "Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS"
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
>
>
>

Skold
07-10-2005, 12:31 AM
Most of the time you dont need the brand of the motherboard to change a
configuration into the BIOS.Press the Delete key when you boot your
computer.This will bring you into the Bios configuration screen,then find the
boot options and make sure your Cd-Rom is set as the first boot device.

"5hulses" wrote:

> Once I figure what kind of motherboard I have, then what?
>
> "T. Waters" wrote:
>
> > 5hulses wrote:
> > > I received a computer from a neighbor which has Windows XP
> > > Professional installed already, but the only problem is that you need
> > > a password from the admin to get into Windows. Someone told me that
> > > I just can re-install Windows XP with my copy (home) and it should
> > > solve the password problem. Today I booted up my computer with the CD
> > > in the drive & all it did was go right to the welcome screen as
> > > before. What gives?
> >
> > "What gives" is that your computer is looking for its instructions on the
> > hard drive. There is software on the computer's main circuit board that
> > tells the computer where to look for "boot" instructions, and you can
> > (carefully) go into the software and change the instructions so that your
> > computer will look at the CD-ROM first.
> > First, you have to determine the brand of motherboard you have.
> > See this article, since computers vary in the method of accessing the
> > motherboard.
> > "Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS"
> > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
> >
> >
> >

Steve N.
07-10-2005, 12:31 AM
5hulses wrote:

> Steve,
>
> No, my neighbor doesn't know the password & he didn't give me any discs.
> All I have is my CD of Windows XP Home.

Then read the rest of what I wrote and visit the links I provided.

Steve

>
> "Steve N." wrote:
>
>
>>5hulses wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I received a computer from a neighbor which has Windows XP Professional
>>>installed already, but the only problem is that you need a password from the
>>>admin to get into Windows.
>>
>>Your neighbor doesn't know the password? Did they give you any discs,
>>such as the Windows XP Pro CD or any installed software?
>>
>>Read here:
>>http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
>>
>>
>>>Someone told me that I just can re-install
>>>Windows XP with my copy (home) and it should solve the password problem.
>>
>>Yeah, that'd do it.
>>
>>
>>>Today I booted up my computer with the CD in the drive & all it did was go
>>>right to the welcome screen as before. What gives?
>>
>>Set the boot device order in BIOS to boot from the CDROM and pay
>>attention in case it says "Press a key to boot from CDROM".
>>
>>Be aware that installing an additional instance of the same Windows copy
>>is a violation of the EULA and you might also run into activation
>>issues. Read here:
>>
>>http://www.microscum.com/mmpafaq/
>>
>>Personally, I'd try to get into the existing installation and evaluate
>>its health by scanning for viruses and spyware, check for file system
>>errors, etc. and then decide if the system is too screwed up to bother
>>cleaning up and whether a clean install is warranted. I'd also stick
>>with XP Pro, but that's just me because I don't like XP Home much.
>>
>>Be aware! Others here will recommend that a clean install would be in
>>order sincce you don't know what that machine may have on it. Still
>>others will tell you that you must buy a new copy of Windows to install
>>on it or you will go to hell for being a software pirate.
>>
>>Steve
>>
>>

T. Waters
07-10-2005, 12:31 AM
Then you go to the link I gave
www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
and find out what that brand of motherboard requires to gain entry into the
BIOS. In the BIOS, you will change the boot order so that the CD-ROM is the
first drive to boot.
Since you cannot boot the computer at all right now due to the password
problem, it's going to be a trick to find out your computer's brand of
motherboard. Is your computer a name-brand of computer?
If so, which brand?

5hulses wrote:
> Once I figure what kind of motherboard I have, then what?
>
> "T. Waters" wrote:
>
>> 5hulses wrote:
>>> I received a computer from a neighbor which has Windows XP
>>> Professional installed already, but the only problem is that you
>>> need a password from the admin to get into Windows. Someone told
>>> me that I just can re-install Windows XP with my copy (home) and it
>>> should solve the password problem. Today I booted up my computer
>>> with the CD in the drive & all it did was go right to the welcome
>>> screen as before. What gives?
>>
>> "What gives" is that your computer is looking for its instructions
>> on the hard drive. There is software on the computer's main circuit
>> board that tells the computer where to look for "boot" instructions,
>> and you can (carefully) go into the software and change the
>> instructions so that your computer will look at the CD-ROM first.
>> First, you have to determine the brand of motherboard you have.
>> See this article, since computers vary in the method of accessing the
>> motherboard.
>> "Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS"
>> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm


Re-Install Windows XP