finding the administrator's password

Compaq Hp compaq 15.6
August 10, 2011 at 02:49:26
Specs: Windows 7
I recently updated my windows xp to windows 7 home premium which doesn't seem to be going well for me (it is not compatible with my netgear wireless network or my epson printer/scanner) i therefore want to change my computer settings back to it's original windows xp format, however, in start up mode i am asked to enter the 'administrator's password' before i can change back to old windows.
can someone help me find this password?
or alternately, give me information on how to connect my printer and wireless network to the windows 7 settings.
THANKS

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#1
August 10, 2011 at 03:54:04
Connecting to your wireless network just requires that you have the correct driver installed for your network adapter, nothing to do with the netgear router (apart from needing the wireless security key) - check in Control Panel/Device Manager and make sure there are no exclamation marks against any items, or any 'unknown items' - these will require the drivers to be installed/corrected.

For the printer, if Windows doesn't recognise it automatically then go to the Epson web site, look under 'support and put in the exact model number of your printer to see if Win7 drivers are available.

There's no easy way around the password issue - if you never entered one it could be blank so try just pressing the Enter key at that point.

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#2
August 10, 2011 at 05:15:27
you may be able to use vista drivers to get your current installation working however i strongly recommend a full reinstall
upgrades from xp are inherently bad.

i suggest that you do a full install of the win 7 package, hit the advanced install and format your C; drive, this will wipe your old installation giving you a clean slate.

once your win 7 is installed, install win 7 or vista drivers for your printer and wifi card, usually if there is no win 7 driver available then vista drivers will work.
as for returning to your win xp, if you have a xp dvd, run as a normal install format the drive and reinstall, if its by using a factory restore from a hidden partition, follow the instructions, if you are trying to do a factory reinstall and its asking for a password..before you can run that, you maybe out of luck, although a call to the manufacturer may get you code to clear that password, its a long call and you will have prove ownership.
Use the following steps to perform a recovery from the hard drive :
Backup files from the My Documents folder and from other folders you may have created.
Disconnect all connected devices (such as the Personal Media Drive, USB drives, printer, and fax), remove media from drives, and remove any recently added internal hardware. Do not disconnect the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and power cord.
Turn on the computer.
Just after the first screen appears (the logo screen), press the F10 key repeatedly until a recovery menu appears.

Select one of the following procedures, depending on which recovery type you want to perform:
To perform a standard system recovery, click Next , and then click Yes .
To perform a destructive recovery, click Advanced , (select Destructive Recovery ) and then click Next .
CAUTION: A destructive recovery will format the hard drive. This will delete all the information on the hard drive and reinstall Windows XP and the original software that came with the computer .

Read and respond to each window and screen that appears.
After the System Recovery is complete, the computer restarts and continues into Windows setup. Complete the setup screens and wait until the computer finishes the setup.
NOTE: It may take a long time to complete Windows setup. This time varies and may take over several hours, depending on the amount of files that were stored in the user account folders (for example, My Documents and the Desktop).

Before using your computer, update and protect your computer. For more information, refer to Things To Do After Performing a System Recovery in Windows XP .
Reinstall applications that you added after purchasing the PC, and any files you need from backup.

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but cant help myself....


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#3
August 10, 2011 at 07:50:10
I pressed f10 repeatedly after the logo screen but i am led to a screen reading:
Edit Windows boot options for: Windows 7
path: /windows/system32/winload.exe
partition:2
hard disk: 1549f232
[ /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN

is there any other way for me to do a full, destructive recovery?
Thanksss


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#4
August 10, 2011 at 08:09:06
i am asked to enter the 'administrator's password' before i can change back to old windows.

Did you try leaving the password blank? If you didn't put one in, try that.

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#5
August 10, 2011 at 08:14:16
Yeah i just pressed enter, but each time i was informed that i had entered an invalid password and on the 3rd go it asks me to restart the pc.

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August 10, 2011 at 08:18:14

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#7
August 10, 2011 at 08:25:37
Its an actual pc not a laptop, and i brought it new yes, but a few years ago now.

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#8
August 10, 2011 at 08:30:46
well katie, whoever installed windows 7 obviously made up a bios password...I'm looking at your post and I think there may have been problems with the windows 7 installation...win 7 does not cause a problem with netgear routers and also the printer scanner could be run as an administrator in compatibility mode...I know, because all my win 98 & xp progs run on my win 7 PC

Also, you had to have a fresh win 7 installed, because XP cannot be upgraded to 7. So, unless you have an XP installation disc, it will not be possible to revert back. I would suggest staying with win 7 as it will have support for many yrs to come.

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#9
August 10, 2011 at 16:17:06
I can't see how one could go back to XP after they have installed Windows 7. Pretty sure XP is lost. You'd have to recover it by using the original disks or partition.

Ultimate boot cd can remove some bios passwords.

We may be able to fix the driver deal or you can lookup your stuff a this site.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/co...

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#10
August 10, 2011 at 16:58:00
Katie, you have W7 on partition 2, which means XP is probably on partition 1, so you should be able to get to it.

Have a look in your bios boot options & see if you get a choice of which partition is default.

Also, toggling F8 during boot, may give you the option to start in XP.

Here is extra info that may help.

How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://download.cnet.com/EasyBCD/30...
http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
How to Use the BCDEDIT Command Line Tool
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...


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#11
August 10, 2011 at 17:21:27
One thing I forgot, when toggling F8, if you get to the Safe mode etc options, you have toggled to late & you have gone passed the dual boot selection ( if it is available )

Also, when you get all that stuff after pressing the F10 key, have you tried pressing > Enter.


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#12
August 10, 2011 at 19:45:02
It means the recovery or hidden Windows 7 is the other partition not the xp install to me.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#13
August 11, 2011 at 04:43:52
when the computer first starts up, i am given three options of how i would like to start the pc:
1. is to start windows with an older version (which i presume its suggesting XP)
2. is to start windows with win7
and 3. is to start in recovery mode

windows 7 opens fine but the other 2 options lead me to entering the administrators password which i do not have. so i'm really just trying to find this password to get me back on the right track.


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#14
August 11, 2011 at 04:53:06
"1. is to start windows with an older version (which i presume its suggesting XP"
Just hit Enter.

"and 3. is to start in recovery mode"
Don't touch.


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#15
August 11, 2011 at 04:55:56
even when i select "start with an earlier version of windows" it asks for the administrators password. where can i find this??

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#16
August 11, 2011 at 05:00:00
i have selected the earlier version of windows which now asks "which windows installation would you like to log onto"

1: D:\I386
2: D:\MiniNT
3: C:\Windows

I'm guessing i should select Windows C drive, but this is when it asks me for the password, 3 times (which are all entered as incorrect even when i just hit enter each time) then starts my computer with windows 7.
argggghhhhrioabhvornipbugtrup##!


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#17
August 11, 2011 at 05:12:58
Recovery mode is a full destructive install of your original OS, it will delete your initial instalation, and reinstall your system to the day it was bought.

i assume that you installed win 7 from a dvd or download.

try downloading EacyBCD, its free, follow the instructions to check your OS's and you may be able to set your machine to boot your win xp, its very easy to use.

if you can give the full model of your pc maybe we can point you too the correct drivers.

finally you may follow the instructions for recovery mode.

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but cant help myself....


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#18
August 11, 2011 at 05:17:22
Open windows explorer in W7 & you will be able to tell us what drive it is.

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#19
August 11, 2011 at 05:35:39
i cannot download the suggested program as i don't have any internet connection, (one of the reasons i want to revert back to xp)

Processor: AMD Athlon (tm) 64 Processor 3200+ 2.00 GHz
Installed Memory (RAM): 512 MB (447 MB usable)
System Type: 32-bit Operating System

is this any help? :S


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#20
August 11, 2011 at 05:40:40
"(one of the reasons i want to revert back to xp)"

We still need to know what drive letter W7 is using.


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#21
August 11, 2011 at 05:46:56
PRESARIO (C:)

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#22
August 11, 2011 at 05:53:45
"PRESARIO (C:)"
Ok, that should have your W7 desktop & anything else you can recognize in Windows Explorer.

Is there another hard drive listed in Windows Explorer showing files that you recognize from your XP install?


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#23
August 11, 2011 at 05:59:18
The PRESARIO (C:) drive is the only one listed containing folders. It includes a folder named "Windows.old" which holds old files and programs from my windows XP.

There is also another drive: PERSARIO-RP (D:) but this only contains a RECOVERY folder which is empty.

other than that, there is nothing.


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#24
August 11, 2011 at 06:04:53
This is getting very complicated, once we can get XP booting, I know how to remove W7.

How did you install W7, give me your instructions or point me to where you got them from. ( for example a web site )


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#25
August 11, 2011 at 06:15:08
I've been googling like crazy, here is how to revert to XP.

Make sure you get all your important info from Windows.old just in case you make a mistake.

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971760


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#26
August 11, 2011 at 06:40:19
Everything was going well up until step 2: i did not receive an install disk as i downloaded mine from microsoft.
is there an alternate way to do this if win7 has been downloaded?
thank you so much by the way!

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#27
August 11, 2011 at 06:44:54
"downloaded mine from microsoft"
Downloaded what & if you mean w7, was it a beta version?

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#28
August 11, 2011 at 06:47:06
Yeah i do mean windows7 and it was Windows 7 home premium.

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#29
August 11, 2011 at 06:54:33
"Windows 7 home premium"
Ok, burn it to a cd.

Shall have to leave you to do the googling now, did'nt get to bed until 2.10am last night & it is nearly 10.00pm here in Western Australia & I am very tired.

Will catch up tomorrow, let us know how it goes.


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