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Solved: help needed with old work pc

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Turniphead, Apr 7, 2006.

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  1. Turniphead

    Turniphead Thread Starter

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    Hi

    Can any one help me - I have been given one of my old work PC's for my niece to use. The only problem is when windows starts up it comes up with the ctrl alt del screen and wants a password and wants to log onto my work domain. Is there anyway I can un-network the PC? If any one can help, please put the instructions in simple step by step as I am not very technical

    thanks in advance
     
  2. etaf

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    whats the windows version??
    do you know any of the passwords - if XP or win2K you may have an admin account you can loginto - usually not a domain but the machine name

    any info at all available

    you dont need to be on the company network to login - do you know the username and password its asking for
     
  3. Turniphead

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    It is running Windows XP Professional, I don't know any of the passwords. The user that had it at work has long gone and ideally what I would like to try and do is to format the hdd and start again. But I don't know how to get into the pc to format the hdd
     
  4. etaf

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    do you have a windows XP CD ????
     
  5. JohnWill

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    This isn't really a networking issue, so I moved this to the correct forum.
     
  6. Turniphead

    Turniphead Thread Starter

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    Yes - I have the windows XP Pro disk
     
  7. etaf

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    why not just re-install
    goto the bios and have a look at boot order / boot sequence
    make the CD the 1st to boot

    put the winXP CD in and power up machine
    boot off CD
    reformat the harddrive and re-install
     
  8. JohnWill

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    You could use this program to remove the key from the local administrative account. http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

    Once you do this, you can logon as a local administrator and reconfigure the login to be a workgroup, not a domain login.
     
  9. Turniphead

    Turniphead Thread Starter

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    Hi Guys

    All done - thanks very much for your advice. I really appreciate it.
     
  10. etaf

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    Would you now mark this thread solved - which you have the power to do from your first post.
    goto
    Thread tools>
    Tick - Mark Solved

    Thanks (y)
     
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