I just started for a new company and they gave me someones old laptop. whoever had it last obtained alot of spyware, and setup things wacky. I've been trying to reformat the hard drive, so i can re-install XP. Problem is, i dont have the administrator password. So i logged into safe mode, changed ALL ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT passwords and deleted every other account to avoid confusion. So now i have two administrator account passwords, the original, and one i created. I tried deleting the original with the one i created to no avail, just freezes everytime.
I've tried using windows recovery to re-format, however everytime i select which windows to reformat i get asked for an administrator password. Even though ALL ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNTS have my password as a password, this still does not work in windows recovery. Does anyone know any way to get around this password, or format without using windows recovery. (Standard cmd format c:, doesnt work because "volume is in use")
My head hurts. Please help.
EDIT: As a sidenote, i noticed when trying to log in as "Administrator" at the windows login, it wont let me stating "Account restriction".
Edited by Ruthian, 31 May 2005 - 08:58 AM.