Administrator password /deleting SP2

By domjago
Oct 7, 2007
  1. Hi,

    I've got a couple of problems since purchasing a computer from a university. There is a administrator password that I do not know and I cannot install a fresh copy of Windows XP Professional because of SP2. It states that a newer version of windows is already installed.

    Any help would be great.

    Thanks Dom
  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

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    With regards to your problem, if you can format the hard drive then you will be able to install windows on it :)
  3. domjago

    domjago TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How do I format it? Sorry not very good at these sorts of things!


    I worked out how to do it, though it says that I do not have the rights to Logical Disk Manager. Is there any other way to do this rather than right-click My Computer...manage....disk management?
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    See below for a step by step guide on how to format your hard drive and install Windows.

    You need to do the following.

    Diconnect from the net and don`t reconnect, until you have your firewall software installed.

    1 Restart your computer and go to setup usually by pressing the F2 or delete key.

    2 Once you get into setup look for the boot menu and make sure you set it to boot from cd first followed by your hard drive.

    3 Put the Windows xp disk into your cd drive.

    4 Now save your settings and exit setup.

    5 While your computer is booting you will see a message that says "press any key to boot from cd" press any key.

    6 When the welcome to setup screen appears press enter and then press F8 to accept the Microsoft licence agreement.

    7 You will be prompted to repair an installation press the escape key.

    8 Now select the partition that you want to reformat and press the D key to delete it you will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the partition.

    9 Now press C to create a brand new partition you will be asked what size you want the partition to be in mega bytes. If you just press enter then the partition will be the maximum size that you can have. This is perfectly ok if you don`t want to create multiple partitions.

    10 You will now be asked to format the partition select the ntfs file sytem and do a full format.

    11 Once the format is complete setup will continue.

    Your computer will restart during the remaining setup again you will be asked to press any key to boot from cd DO NOT PRESS ANYTHING and setup will continue. Once the setup is complete and you are back in Windows remove the Windows cd from your cd drive.

    Install your firewall software and reconnect to the net. Install whatever drivers you need, then run Windows updates.

    Finally, install whatever programmes/software you want.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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