Hi, so I have an old(er) laptop which is running XP professional, however it has a password which I do not know. I have tried reinstalling windows but the system won't boot from a disc.
I enter the boot menu, select the drive but the 'press any key to boot from disc' screen doesn't appear and the previous windows begins to load up. I have also tried orphcrack with no luck. Any suggestions?
I not sure you'll get "press any key to boot from disc" - I believe that was a more recent introduction and/or to do with the set-up on the CD/DVD disc itself (maybe in conjunction with BIOS). I certainly don't recall seeing it on older systems.
If you have set-up the BIOS to boot from CD/DVD first, it should just go straight in there. However, I have come across a situation recently with very old PC (17 years old) where, I believe, the CMOS battery had died and changes to the BIOS appeared to be saved, but were lost on the next boot. In my case I could not change the CMOS battery as it was not a standard set-up.
Thanks for that. I was already aware that, ultimately, the battery could be changed, but as it was soldered to the mobo was not worth the hassle (by saying "not a standard set-up" I meant not the common or garden button cell). Anyways, gone to the dump a while ago. It was my accountant's PC and he was desperate to get it working as it had a built in floppy drive (he still keeps all his clients records on floppies........please don't ask) and being a Luddite and a tightwad he wanted to keep it working and I was trying to help him out.
Interestingly it had a 5.25 inch 4GB hard disk. Never come across one of them before. Heavy great thing it was.