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Used computer no admin password

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I do not consider myself to be a techie at all but I didnt think I was an idiot. I bought a computer from my husbands hotel recently, Noone could remember the admin password but I bought it anyway because I was pretty sure that all I had to do was re-install windows on it and it would wipe it clean and I could become the new admin. In my past expieence when I had a system crash or something I would just pop in my disc and reboot and it would automaticly start re-installing. This is not the way it is working out on this computer. It comes up and wants the admin password. It will let u enter as a guest but as we all know that will not let u install any programs. There has to be a way around this right?

Am I really an idiot?
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I am not a mod but I am pretty sure that it is against TOS to help or aid in the circumvention of passwords. But why don't you just reinstall XP? pop the XP disk in reboot, boot from the cd drive, and do a clean install of xp making sure to format the drive first.
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If you have lost or forgotten your password for logging in to a computer running the Windows XP operating system, there are a few different options:

If you created a password reset disk for Windows XP, you can use that disk to reset the password on your account. For more information on how to create and use password reset disks go to the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

How to create and use a password reset disk for a computer that is not a domain member in Windows XP

How to create and use a password reset disk for a computer in a domain in Windows XP

If you don't have a password reset disk, the other option is to log on as the Administrator (or to have the person who is the machine's Administrator log on) and change the password for your user account. For information on how to do this go to the following Mircosoft article:


How to Log On to Windows XP If You Forget Your Password or Your Password Expires.

If you don't know the Administrator password, and don't have a password reset disk, then you will not be able to log on to Windows XP, and will need to reinstall the operating system and recreate any user accounts.

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