bought used PC with pirated Windows XP from salvation army

May 7, 2013 at 11:22:37
Specs: Windows 7
cannot get past startup window asking me for password.hint is cannon!i have a restore disk to put my own operating system on it .also showing is a pirated copy .

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#1
May 7, 2013 at 12:22:51
Is that a BIOS password, ie comes up well before Windows starts?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
May 7, 2013 at 12:51:52
Put the Windows installation disc in, then open up the BIOS and set it to boot from CD before the hard drive.

How old is the computer? If it's since 2005, it likely had a recovery partition on it for easy reinstallation. Though it's possible that partition has since been removed or the previous owner wasn't aware of it when he/she installed the pirated operating system.

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#3
May 7, 2013 at 13:04:48
i was able to get in and delete passwords,but pirated copy shows up , my ram is too low to install my copy windows,will have to update from 190 to 500 to install my copy,i got a dvd rewrite in it is what i want burner .4.00 dollar good deal .thks again for your help.bob

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#4
May 7, 2013 at 13:45:14
Completely wipe the HDD & install Windows from scratch. Make sure to install a version that's compatible with your hardware, especially the memory. At least 512MB is needed for XP but it won't perform all that great, 1GB (or more) would be better. Win7 will run with 1GB but it also won't perform all that great with that amount, 2GB (or more) would be better. If you have less than 512MB, stick with Win9x/ME or possibly Win2000, or try a lightweight Linux distro.

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#5
May 7, 2013 at 21:03:22
Describe the 'pirated copy' message. I'm not sure if that is an actual MS message. It may be a false alert due to malware infection. Try running something like MALWAREBYTES and see what it picks up. Maybe you can avoid a reinstall.

This looks to be their latest free download:

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebyt...

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#6
May 8, 2013 at 12:39:24
Since you purchased it used, you should really start off with a reinstallation after the RAM upgrade.

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#7
May 8, 2013 at 13:02:12
i am trying that! but memory upgrade is neede first!

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#8
May 9, 2013 at 00:02:01
You will need to find out what sort of memory your system can take and what is the maximum that you can install. If you post the make and model of the system then we may be able to help you out with that.

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