Solved: Windows XP sp2-lost password, can I do a clean install?

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xfile47

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My neice got home from college and can't use her computer cause she had and admin account and forgot the password. my question is, she has a dell computer, can she use the xp disk that came with it and do a clean install to get by the password? like put it in and boot from the cd and woiuld she have to reformat or just load XP again? Anyway, can she do another install to get by a forgotton password??
 

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Thats what I mean, even though there is a password can you just use there disk and do a clean install it will just by pass everything and then just install windows again?
 
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Yes you can, but it will format and erase all personal data on the computer. If it doesn't matter, then just format and reinstall with the windows CD. If you want to save the personal data, use the link I posted earlier.
 

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Great, I will see what she wants to do I wasnt sure if you could just do a clean install for a password problem, I will see what she wants and thanks, I will close this thread
 
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