windows 2000 pro won't boot

October 1, 2012 at 23:16:55
Specs: Windows 7
When i turn on my pc it wont boot windows 2000 but asks for a password. cant use f12 or f2. f8 wont work either...it just keeps asking for a password i dont have. bought pc at pawnshop so dont have disks or password. is there anything i can do

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#1
October 2, 2012 at 03:07:17
Sorry, we cannot help where a password is required.

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#2
October 2, 2012 at 07:15:10
You can buy an operating system and install it.

If it's an older computer and the hardware won't support Windows 7, then I would look online (ebay or something like that maybe) for a copy of XP.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#3
October 2, 2012 at 15:00:40
Install a version of Linux on it instead.

Have you tried to boot into Windows safe mode by tapping F8 at start up. If asked for a password there try hitting the enter key.


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#4
October 6, 2012 at 21:14:50

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#5
October 10, 2012 at 11:54:55
Consider taking it back to the pawn shop? Any help from them like a refund or exchange?

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#6
August 10, 2013 at 09:45:16
If it's attempting to log into a specific account name you might try logging in under Administrator, and see if you can change password on other account from there. If not and the system can handle it the system can handle try a Live Ubuntu CD and the chntpw utility:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1436...

Here's the utility's homepage:

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

Looks like if they have a bootdisk...might be handy.

It works, I've used it on a friends PC. He forgot his XP password.

Just read that link most modern Ubuntu or Ubuntu-based distros will automatically mount drives in the PC.

Here's the utility's homepage:
http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

Looks like they have a boot CD or a bootable USB option.

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#7
August 10, 2013 at 09:58:48
If you are not able to get past the BIOS to just load Windows 2000 due to a BIOS/HDD password, take it back to the pawn shop. If you can get Windows 2000 to load to a login screen, administrator can definitely be reset.

www.standby-it.com


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#8
August 10, 2013 at 10:03:02
jpag3074, I'm glad you mentioned BIOS passwords was just about to add that to my post. Also, if you can take battery off motherboard for a couple of days, that will reset it too.

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#9
August 10, 2013 at 12:53:25
Steven

You don't need to wait more than 20 seconds at most to clear the CMOS, which clears BIOS passwords on a desktop. This does not work on laptops.


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#10
August 10, 2013 at 15:51:18
20 seconds isn't always long enough:

http://www.askvg.com/how-to-reset-r...

I literally had a mobo that did not clear after a day.


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#11
August 11, 2013 at 13:43:50
Steven W

Just use the clr CMOS jumper or remove the CMOS battery and depress the start button. That will discharge any residual charge in the power supply capacitors. No need to wait hours or days.


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