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Old 01-28-05, 05:43 PM   #1
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I have a laptop that i royally screwed up. It is the laptop that i lie in bed at night with and post idiotic posts on BF. So i must get it fixed! Well it is actually my wife's laptop from work. It is sort of an extra computer and nobody at MIS knows that she has it. So she really doesn't want to go to MIS and have them tell her......"hey you don't need that, we are going to take it back." So IOW, we can't really consult MIS to get it resolved. (they won't think that she requires 2 computers)

Here is the problem. The computer (Windows 2000 Pro) required me to hit ctrl-alt-delete to log on. That would bring up user jane.doe and a blank password box. I simply clicked ok and 2000 started up. I got tired of that ctrl-alt-delete thing and had a bright idea to just delete the user jane.doe. So next time i fire up the puter, i have to ctrl-alt-delete and then when i click ok on jane.doe, it tells me that the username or password is wrong. Presumeably this is because i was an idiot and deleted that account.

So now what can i do? I don't have Windows 2000 or the system restore Cd's or whatever you want to call them. I don't know the admin password and can't get it because calling MIS to get it will likely mean forfeiting the laptop. The only thing i can think of is installing 98 which i do have. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

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Old 01-28-05, 06:00 PM   #2
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Old 01-28-05, 06:13 PM   #3
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If you haven't already, try administrator as username and leave the password field blank. This is the default. Good luck.
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Is there anything of value you need to retrieve from the computer?

If the blank admin password doesn't work, just do a new install of 98 or whatever ya got.

98 ain't the best OS on the shelf, but what do you care? The thing doesn't even belong to you.

Another option is just downloading & burning a copy of Knoppix linux. It runs right off a cd. Doesn't touch the hard drive.
www.knoppix.org

Try it, you'll like it.
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If you haven't already, try administrator as username and leave the password field blank. This is the default. Good luck.
Tried that. Think they changed it from default.
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Tried that. Think they changed it from default.
As I anticipated. So what's your loss aside from inconvenience?
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As I anticipated. So what's your loss aside from inconvenience?
What do you mean?
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Meaning did you lose any files? software? hard ware? etc.
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If you have access to another computer you can create a CD that will allow you to reset the administrator password for Win2K. Do a Goggle search on "austrumi password" and you will find sites that will allow you to create a Linux boot disk with the necessary utilities to reset the administrator password.
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If you have access to another computer you can create a CD that will allow you to reset the administrator password for Win2K. Do a Goggle search on "austrumi password" and you will find sites that will allow you to create a Linux boot disk with the necessary utilities to reset the administrator password.
If you choose this route, you are risking consequences down the road. You'll have no way of restoring the original admin password. If your wife's co. requests it back & the admin password is changed, prepare for some 'splainin.

Use Knoppix.
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Is there anything of value you need to retrieve from the computer?

If the blank admin password doesn't work, just do a new install of 98 or whatever ya got.

98 ain't the best OS on the shelf, but what do you care? The thing doesn't even belong to you.

Another option is just downloading & burning a copy of Knoppix linux. It runs right off a cd. Doesn't touch the hard drive.
www.knoppix.org

Try it, you'll like it.
There is nothing vital on the computer.
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