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Windows XP Logon Help
« on: January 24, 2015, 03:28:47 pm »
 I got an old laptop with Windows XP on it. Gave it to a friend, copied all of their pictures and such onto it. I used the run command to eliminate the thing where it was asking for a username and password at startup (since no password was setup), and I deleted my own user account.

I restart the computer and it's asking for a username and password. I didn't set up a password. It won't let me on. WTF do I do?

Is there a way to just recover the pictures from the laptop's hard drive?  That's all that I'm really concerned with.  The laptop is an old beater.  I got it from NewEgg in 2009 for like five hundred bucks.
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    Re: Windows XP Logon Help
    « Reply #1 on: January 24, 2015, 03:51:26 pm »
    What kind of drive is it?  If it is IDE or SATA something this may help

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    Re: Windows XP Logon Help
    « Reply #2 on: January 24, 2015, 04:36:16 pm »
    You can pull the drive out and hook it to another computer and get the stuff off it. 
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    Re: Windows XP Logon Help
    « Reply #3 on: January 24, 2015, 06:01:05 pm »
    I believe from memory xp had a built in admin account try logging into that via safe mode.
    Otherwise go get a copy of hirens boot disk burn it to a cd and you should be able to reset the password via that.

    Or pull the drive and the data from another machine. But it shouldn't be hard to reset on an older machine from memory.
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    Re: Windows XP Logon Help
    « Reply #4 on: January 24, 2015, 06:48:39 pm »
    I can't even get into Windows right now. 

    Right now, I'm creating a Ubuntu boot USB drive, and from there I'm going to try to change the passwords.  I'm doing all of this from instructions people have sent me. 

    People think I'm a computer guy.  I'm not.  :facepalm
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    Re: Windows XP Logon Help
    « Reply #5 on: January 24, 2015, 07:24:34 pm »
    You won't need to - Ubuntu will be able to read the files and copy them to another USB device.

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    Re: Windows XP Logon Help
    « Reply #6 on: January 24, 2015, 08:41:32 pm »
    It took two hours to create, and the damned Ubuntu flash boot drive didn't install correctly.  Trying something else now. 

    Ugh.  :banghead
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    Re: Windows XP Logon Help
    « Reply #7 on: January 24, 2015, 09:27:30 pm »
    Okay, I got a simple version of Linux (Elementary OS) to boot from a USB drive.  Moving the pictures to a portable hard drive for safe storage while I un-fluff the computer.  I might just install this Linux version on it.  It's very user-friendly, which is really saying something for a Linux build.
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    Re: Windows XP Logon Help
    « Reply #8 on: January 25, 2015, 08:48:24 am »
    Hmm... I usually give Ubuntu and Mint Linux boxes to people who are used to Windows...

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    Re: Windows XP Logon Help
    « Reply #9 on: January 25, 2015, 10:50:43 am »
    Linux mint is a great alternative to xp. I have set it up on a number of non computer people's machines. No complaints so far.

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    Re: Windows XP Logon Help
    « Reply #10 on: September 01, 2017, 05:26:12 pm »
    You won't need to - Ubuntu will be able to read the files and copy them to another USB device.
    Yup, Linux Mint is golden.


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    Re: Windows XP Logon Help
    « Reply #11 on: September 01, 2017, 05:52:01 pm »
    Yup, Linux Mint is golden.



    From 2015;) As I read it I was about to type a message when I realized reading my own message from that time frame I was about to give the same advice;) Either way long dead thread, though Linux mint is a good distro;)

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