Second Hand Dell Optiplex GX260 computer needs a logon password ...

  Aitchbee 20:37 05 Jun 2013

...I bought it today from a charity shop for a tenner, as I already own a GX260 and thought it might come in handy for spares etc.

Anyway, the computer boots up ok but it is asking for a logon password for the User name 'Administrator' ... which I do not know. [xp pro].

Can I use my 'almost identical' GX260 computer to overcome this password 'hurdle'.

BTW. I have a good backup of my old computer which I may use as a last resort to overwrite the charity shop computer.

Thanks in anticipation.

  Aitchbee 21:23 05 Jun 2013

trippyderek - take out the hard drive and install into an external USB enclosure, the try to copy them over to another computer.

... it's quite a simple procedure as long as you have your wits about you and the right tools [small screw-driver] to hand.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:29 05 Jun 2013

Have you tried just pressing enter?

  Aitchbee 21:37 05 Jun 2013

I've tried that, FruitBat/\o/\

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:51 05 Jun 2013

Windows2k/XP Try this:

1- boot to the windows xp/2000 CD ,

2- press enter to start setup ,

3- press F8 for the license agreement ,

4- when you get the option to repair the current installation press R to do so ,

5- let it run through and for windows XP wait until it reboots and is installing, devices then

press shift F10 to open a command prompt. For windows 2000 wait until it is registering

components then press shift F10 to open a command prompt. ,

6- In windows XP either type in "nusrmgr.cpl" w/o quotation marks at the command prompt and press enter. For windows 2000 type in "control.exe" w/o quotation marks and press enter. This should open up the user accounts applet in XP and the regular control panel in 2000. ,

7- select the users and change or remove their passwords accordingly, apply settings and close the control panel windows and command prompt windows so that just setup is running again. ,

8- let the inplace upgrade finish.

The user should now be able to log in when it finishes and not have to reinstall the programs like in a parallel install.

  Aitchbee 21:53 05 Jun 2013

trippyderek - it is a gadget which allows you to put your laptop harddrive's contents via a usb connector onto another computer so as you can save your music files to another working computer ... it's a very useful gadget to have and costs between £10 and £15.

  Aitchbee 21:55 05 Jun 2013

Fruitbat/\o/\ will give that a go, tomoro. Thanks.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:01 05 Jun 2013


you should really start your own thread on this subject not hijack someone else's thread.

how old is the laptop you need to know whether its a SATA or IDE connection for the drive before you buy the USB enclosure (caddy) they look like this">">this you insert your old drive and connect to a USB port on another machine.

the prices vary but you can pick up a sata to USB

  Aitchbee 09:30 06 Jun 2013

rdave13 and Jock1e - I have just began to try Fruitbat's solution, but there's a slight variation in the order of prompts so I'll not go down that road [for the moment].

rdave13 - will investigate your safemode solution and will get back ASAP.

  Aitchbee 09:54 06 Jun 2013

rdave13 - Still get prompted for an Administrator password at the Log On To Windows in safemode.

Chronos The 2nd - I don't have an XP PRO cd only a genuine XP HOME cd ... but i don't want to do a reinstall just yet.

  Aitchbee 10:26 06 Jun 2013

Chronos the 2nd - thanks for that. it's early days just yet, so I hope there might be another way round [or over] this password ' hurdle ' :o]

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