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Win2k Pro - Fresh Install - Unable to Logon

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by El Chupacabra, Dec 23, 2006.

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  1. El Chupacabra

    El Chupacabra Thread Starter

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    ... and there I sat feeling as though I had never installed an OS before. :eek:

    Hopefully, one of you brainiacs can help. I just frankensteined together a machine for my buddy's printing business. He provided his own (legal) copy of Win2K Professional. I had a real hard time getting Windows installed on this machine (probably due to the integrity of the install CD). I finally got it up and running to the point where I was able to set the clock and region, etc... But, upon reboot, I got the logon screen. When I installed windows, I did not set a user name and password. However, no matter what I type in (including leaving these fields blank) it will not let me log in. I have never experienced this with a fresh install before and I am at quite a loss as how to resolve this problem. I checked the install CD for the file WINNT.SIF (not sure if this file would exist on a Win2K slipstreamed CD) but could not find it. The only .SIF file I could find was TXTSETUP.SIF which did not seem to contain a default password for an unattended installation. Not sure what I missed here but hopefully someone out there will have the answer.

    Chupacabra
     
  2. bearone2

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    someone has got to be entered during the setup.

    i do w2k/xp/98se and the ony entry i make on the install is my name/no password and don't have a logon screen in 2k/xp and go right to the desktop.

    i'd suggest doing a reinstall, following the prompts, removing, then creating partitions, formatting ntfs and going thru the install.

    2k is real picky about hardware where 98se/xp are a little forgiving.
    if 2k doesn't pickup the nic ard during the hardware phase you'll need an install cd with the inf. file and it still may not wotrk.

    good luck.
     
  3. El Chupacabra

    El Chupacabra Thread Starter

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    Ahaaaaa! I figured it out. The first time you logon to Win2k, you need to enter a user name of "Administrator" without the quotes (I only tried "admin"). Any other time you forget your user name and/or password, you can logon as the Administrator (unless you set and forgot password for that account, too). I guess the memory bandit has struck again on this one.

    Thanks anyway,
    Chupacabra

    :)
     
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