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Need Help Reverting Back to XP/Factory Settings

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by onlyslightlytech, Feb 18, 2010.

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  1. onlyslightlytech

    onlyslightlytech Thread Starter

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    I browsed the forums before deciding to ask my question and didn't find anything that fully addressed my problem.

    My uncle installed Windows 7 onto my computer, creating a Windows.old file. It had Windows XP before, as the factory installed OS (no disc). I am now trying to revert back to Windows XP (why is not important). However, I am having some issues:

    1) When I boot and select "Earlier Version of Windows" as the OS to start with, I am taken to a screen that requires I enter an admin password. The problem is that we do not have an admin password for Windows XP. As far as I know, one never existed. I was never prompted to enter one when starting the comp, and my husband is the one who set it up and he said he never had one.

    2) When I attempt to do a factory settings restore through Windows 7 by pressing F8, I am asked to locate a system image. I don't know what that means really, except that it's a copy of the existing comp info and am not sure if the Windows.old folder is what I'm looking for. If so, that's another problem because it won't accept Windows.old.

    3) I do not have any recovery points beyond, like, yesterday. Apparently my uncle set it so that older recovery points are deleted to make room for new ones. Awesome.
     
  2. Freemorrison

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    Welcome to TSG
    Have you tried just hitting the "Enter" tab when asked for the password?
     
  3. Megabite

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    So when you start up you have 2 choices W7 and earlier version of Windows........so you have installed the W7 on the same drive as XP was......and when you try the earlier one it asks you for a password.......have you tried pressing Enter key without a password entered?

    I don't know if there is a recovery partition on that model but you can see by pressing Ctrl+F11 on startup
     
  4. onlyslightlytech

    onlyslightlytech Thread Starter

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    I've tried just 'enter' and it says "invalid password".

    I have also tried looking up the partitions so as to disable/erase the W7 partition leaving only WXP, but it doesn't display either OS. I go in through the control panel, but now I can't remember the steps after that.
     
  5. onlyslightlytech

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    Oh, and when I hit Ctrl+F11 it goes to a boot screen where I can select which operating system to start with, either W7 or "earlier version of windows (which is XP). That's how I end up at the screen asking for an admin password.
     
  6. Megabite

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    I wouldn't try deleting W7 as then you will most likely still not get into XP......and have no accessible operating System

    I think you might need a XP disc to maybe help you.
     
  7. onlyslightlytech

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    I'm sorry, when I hit ctrl+F11 it takes me to the bios setup utility. But I don't think it's possible to recover/restore from that screen, is it?
     
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    How do I acquire a disk for an Operating system that was pre-installed on a comp that is well over 5 years old (and purchased used, so probably closer to 6-7 years) and didn't come with a disk?
     
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    I think I may like the Ubuntu OS. Does it completely replace all existing operating systems when installed? That's what I'm looking for. Just ONE OS.
     
  11. Tadtheo

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    Yes, unless you re-partition the hard drive, you will wipe the entire drive.
    Keep in mind all drivers, and not all programs will be compatible with Linux, I learnt that the hard way. Be very careful when making your decision.
     
  12. antech

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    Try presing Ctl + Alt + Delete Twice when it asks you for a passsword .Try accessing another account and /or you would consider cracking the windows password.
    Search Google for:
    How to crack Windows Password?
     
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