Solved How to bypass sign in on XP Pro to COMPLETTLY clean drive.

May 17, 2012 at 17:20:35
Specs: Windows XP
Just got a second hand computer that has XP Professional on it. Problem is I can't get into it as I don't know the password. I want to wipe out the system totally and instal XP Home Edition that I have on disc.
I bought a 'Drive Scrubber' by iolo in the hopes it would just wipe out everything. Again though, can't get past the sign in part.
So then, how do I resolve this issue?

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May 17, 2012 at 19:19:11
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You didn't need to buy software to "scrub the drive". Everything is done with the XP disc. Double check the boot order settings in the BIOS. Make sure the CD/DVD drive is listed before the HDD. If it's not, change the settings, save & exit. Then boot off the XP disc, delete all current partitioning, create at least 2 new partitions (one for Windows, one for data storage), format using NTFS (full), then install XP. Make sure you have all the necessary drivers ready in advance (chipset, video, sound, network, etc). If your disc doesn't include SP3, download it from the Miscrosoft website & install it right away. And install one of the free lightweight anti-virus programs such as AVG, AVAST, or Microsoft Security Essentials. Do NOT install McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro or any other of the bloated AV hogwares.

If you have a SATA HDD, there are numerous other steps that will need to be taken because the HDD will NOT be recognized.

BTW, clearing the password is very simple, maybe you should try that 1st?

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May 18, 2012 at 00:47:54
Is it a windows password or bios password?

Bios password just remove the cmos battery for a couple of minutes then put back in.

Windows password use hirens boot 15.1 to remove the password. you can download it off the internet just google it. you can find instructions off the internet of how to use it.

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May 18, 2012 at 07:52:40
Removing the battery on a laptop isn't going to wipe the BIOS password.

And there is no need to use Hiren's boot CD to remove the Windows Password. You boot to the Windows CD as ridder said and recreate the partitions.

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