Solved WXP wants password...I haven't set one up!!!

Microsoft Windows 7 professional 64-bit
May 19, 2012 at 21:49:58
Specs: WXP Home, AMD triple core/4gig
I built a new machine to use as my "server" and decided to use WXP Home since I had a licensed copy. I deleted the old partitions, created a new one, and installed WXP Home. After Windows had installed and I had given it the software keys, it looked like it was booting up. It got to the part where it had five blanks text boxes and asked who would be using the machine. I typed "Server" and clicked next. Then it asked for a password. I clicked next without entering anything but got a message that said something like it couldn't validate me on the network. But I wasn't connected to the network yet. When I click "OK" it takes me back to the password screen. I tried typing several things to get me past but to no avail. Suggestions?

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May 20, 2012 at 04:25:11
You cannot use Windows XP as a server, not even as a client to a server. It can only be networked in a peeer to peer network, not a client/server network you are attempting to do.

I cannot remember what the options were for Windows XP but server is something Windows XP Home can .never be a server.

Server is use in the correct context in this case. That is a computer running \ Server Opertaing System like Windows 2003, not just a computer you have called a server.


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May 20, 2012 at 06:08:37
When I say it's going to be a "server", I'm actually just going to load WXP onto the machine and use the shared folder on the home network as common storage for the other computers.

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May 20, 2012 at 07:39:07
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So, perform a system repair or a fresh install and enter Office instead of Server.

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May 20, 2012 at 21:41:54
I ran install again with formatting the hard drive - worked like a charm. Only difficulty was I couldn't get it to recognize my internet connection. Just needed to update drivers using the disk that came with the mobo.

To put a twist on an old saying, "there are very few problems in computing that cannot be solved by formatting - or in this case reformatting - the hard drive."

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