The Machinr an elderly Evesham with XP home upgraded to XP Pro SP2 The owner report to me that it was misbehaving in various ways ,some of which I have been able to resolve. One Windows failure keeps presenting-a warning words something like - Windows failed to synchronize...... Tried - Run -SFC scannow- and a quick flash on screen -then back to desktop - no action
It was then I put in a Windows disk and tried for F2 repair function. Got the dos window asking for which Windows - pressed 1- Then asked for Administrators pass word. Here is that stumble The owner knew of no such word - never been asked for it- does not use passwords in anything else - except for internet. So I tried his name as in the 'about' Window no joy, and various other guesses failed.
So I wondered would this password have been accorded to the machine/system by the builder If so what could it be? - Evesham are no longer with us to ask. Is there a workaround?
on win xp there is a standard administrator account user name administrator and the password at default is always set admin in my experience, as for removal of passwords i use Hirens Boot CD but you would have to check with the owner before using it.
I've read some BIOS manufacturers have a catch all backdoor password for this very reason. I've just googled it and found a couple of sites which list some, you could try that. The motherboard manual should also tell you how to bypass the password or reset it using a jumper or dip switch.
Thanx VoG- not into buying stuff for this operation especially as he one of those that sits over my shoulder chatting and suggests things-you know! So that concentration is lost and a key press opportunity zips by - again. He wont even go make a cuppa Grrrr. Going to try a few other things Essentially all I want to do is to run Xp repair. When the XP disc is run you get two opportunities 1st asks for the repair Floppy. Havrnt got one so let it run on and you get repair press F2- this is when the DOS screen comes up and wants the administrators. So hopefully the floppy way wont ask for that- So I am going to try to make one. here is hoping