Clean used Computer bought from thrift store

Dell Dell desktop optiplex gx1 pii 350 6...
December 7, 2009 at 10:48:17
Specs: Windows 98
We had gotten a computer from a thrift store, and it was previously used by a school. We can get to the main screen but we cannot get into any programs except for he internet explorer. i was wondering if there was a way to reset the whole computer so that we can access everything on the computer. when we try to do anytning it says that there is no domain computer to connect to so there may be many programs that are not accessable.

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#1
December 7, 2009 at 11:05:13
I would suggest doing a fresh install of the operating system but I bet there were no such disks sold with the machine. Most likely whatever programs the school might have put in would not be of any real use to you anyway. Is there a recovery patition?


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#2
December 7, 2009 at 11:53:02
Ctrl-F11 at boot should get you into the Recovery partition.

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#3
December 7, 2009 at 13:02:39
Gain Administrator password or just reset it.

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#4
December 7, 2009 at 16:38:40
will a 10 year old machine with windows 98, have a recovery partition? 98 cd's are fairly cheap. What do you plan on using it for? internet and office stuff?

larry


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#5
December 7, 2009 at 18:21:41
Win 98 could not connect to a domain. Must be 2000 or above.

To be more exact on my other post. You need to log on as a local administrator. Then change the system back to a workstation. Since you don't have the user if changed or the password you would need to do a password reset or use Ophc$ak live to try to recover password. See also loginrecovery.

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#6
December 7, 2009 at 19:24:45
i plan on using the computer for the internet and record keeping

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#7
December 7, 2009 at 19:34:29
Might consider trying linux. Maybe linux Mint 8. It runs from a cd so you can try it before you install it. It will run slow from a cd though.

Go to loginrecovery and get the floppy. In a few days or hours you will have the accounts and passwords sent by email for free.

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#8
December 7, 2009 at 21:16:10
A P-II 350 with 64 meg would have originally come with 98. And as far as I know 9X has no native admistrative rights to worry about:

http://www.playtool.com/pages/admin...

But I have run across instances where apparent third party software has added them to 98. It has the affect of locking out various commands. Either that or the registry has been edited to disallow them. Not sure which.

As already mentioned, you should just do a fresh install. The computer is new to you. You don't need all the junk from the previous owner.

I always recommend pulling the product key from the registry before formatting. Check my # 13 here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

However since it's from Dell it's probably OEM and there may be a 98 COA sticker on the case with a key you can use.

Anyway, once you have a valid key you can borrow a 98 cd from someone, and do the install using your key.

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#9
December 7, 2009 at 22:11:55
One thing you can try first. Open CONTROL PANEL--NETWORK (assuming it lets you) and under 'primary network logon' make sure it says 'microsoft family logon' or 'windows logon' and not 'client for microsoft networks'.

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#10
December 8, 2009 at 13:14:36
"it says that there is no domain computer to connect"

I still doubt any Win98 could say that.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#11
December 8, 2009 at 17:02:18
On start up the computer says "cannot connect to domain computer" and please remember i had bought the computer from a thrift store, and it once had belonged to a school, so this one computer was one of many that had been connected to one computer. So it wont let me into any applications because of that.

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#12
December 8, 2009 at 17:38:49
Not even control panel?

But settle this, is it windows 98 for sure, or something else?

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#13
December 8, 2009 at 18:53:33
Try the escape key at that screen. If 98 it should go on.

I think we could agree that knowing any more info might help. Do you see any information that might lead us to what version of OS it might be.

If Windows NT or above you can run loginrecovery.com floppy.

There is almost no security on Win98 so that should be easy to bypass.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#14
December 9, 2009 at 12:04:33
on the modem it says Dell Optiplex GX1
Intel inside Pentium II
Designed for Microsoft Wintows NT/ Windows 98

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#15
December 9, 2009 at 12:17:21
But when you start it up before you get the error it should show a windows splash screen. Does the splash screen say 98 or NT? Is there a COA sticker on the side of the case? Does it say 'windows 98' or 'windows NT'?

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#16
December 9, 2009 at 12:37:13
WINDOWS 98

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#17
December 9, 2009 at 12:48:04
after it asks for a password, i just click ok, or exit. then a message box pops up that says "No domain server was availabe to validate your password. You may not be able to gain access to some network resources."

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#18
December 9, 2009 at 13:42:56
Can you ever get to the 98 desktop? If so you can try going to control panel--network and changing the login.

But even if you can, if it was me I'd just reformat and do a fresh install.

You might also try booting to safe mode and see if you get any farther. Start up the computer and before the OS starts to load, start tapping F8. A boot menu should come up. Choose 'safe mode' and see where that gets you.

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#19
December 9, 2009 at 14:41:32
Why not use the Recovery Partition?

LIR


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#20
December 9, 2009 at 16:00:40
I'm not sure but I don't think anything that old had a recovery partition. Usually it was a recovery disk or nothing at all.

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#21
December 9, 2009 at 17:56:25
ive tried the recovery disk, and still nothing changes, and tapping F8 dosent help either. I think ill just have to get a new computer.

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#22
December 9, 2009 at 18:30:30
If it is the correct recovery disk and you're using it properly it should work. "Nothing changes" doesn't help much. Are you booting from the recovery CD?

I know it's an old P-II but if the recovery disk is bad or the wrong one, a 98 disk would be cheaper than a new computer.

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