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Windows Wants Password I Never Had

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by wingerx5, Feb 23, 2008.

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  1. wingerx5

    wingerx5 Thread Starter

    Mar 26, 2006
    I am building a new system. I have the hardware assembled and it seems to be working fine. My plan was to install the boot disk from my old computer, boot from that and use the Acronis imaging program to copy this partition to my new hard drive. I tried to boot and got a blue screen with the statement that, "a problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer." The screen suggested to check for virus and corrupt hard drives, things I knew were not the problem.

    I then tried inserting the original XP disk (this is a retail copy not an OEM) and booting from there. I then got a screen that looked like it was put out by the BIOS identifying the drives in the computer and the message Warning: System Boot Failed. I had the options press F1 to continue or Delete to enter setup. I tried F1 which eventually led me back to the same screen. I then tried delete. This put me into the BIOS. I set the BIOS to their default setting and when given the option to press setup I did that. This started the Windows disk which loaded a bunch of files and then requested I enter the administrator password. On the screen was a command line C:\windows followed by a blinking square. Inasmuch as I was a single user of the old computer I did not have a password. I tried return, typing blank, typing none, and typing my username and typing administrative. Nothing satisfied the password request. I have no idea where to go from here. I appreciate any help that I can get.

  2. monckywrench


    Nov 28, 2007
    I'd do a format and reinstall. The best Windows install is a fresh one, so when in doubt, wipe it out.
    There are plenty of tutorials on XP clean installs.
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