How to reinstall Windows on Admin protected computer?
I just started a new job as a System Administrator. I am the IT Dept. The computer in my office has the administrator password set. No one knows the admin password. I cannot even reinstall XP because that is password protected too. Any suggestions on how to gain access to this computer.
Asked By: SwazooGuy - 6/18/2007
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There shouldn't be any password protection on reinstalling from the Installation or Recovery CDs. Try booting directly from the CDs rather than trying to go through Windows itself. You may have to go into the BIOS and set it to boot from CD.
Answered By: The Phlebob - 6/18/2007
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I forgot the administrator's password http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm
Answered By: bsod - 6/18/2007
You might end up having to format the drive and reload it if you can't find the admin password.
Answered By: Joe M - 6/18/2007
hmm...start in safe mode & go to user accounts & remove or change any passwords on the admin account..
Answered By: scarecrowbones - 6/18/2007
Remove the CMOS battery, and this will reset the BIOS password. You should then be able to boot directly from a CD, and re-install a new OS.
Answered By: Dave L - 6/18/2007
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