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    Babs40

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    There is a problem with my PC using XP, so I need to do a system recovery. However, it requires a password, and I don't have one. When I first purchased the computer, I just hit "enter" instead of assigning a password. How can I obtain one?

    Thanks!
     
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    first try booting into safe mode

    if password still required just tab through the password and hit enter

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    second if above does not work do system restore not recovery to a point where you were fine, then run some scans

    Download, install, update and do full scan with these free malware detection programs:

    Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free
    SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

    Remove all found, reboot, and run again until scans run clean, these can be removed afterwards if you so choose. Run scans one at a time, please.
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    https://www.google.com/#q=xp+suddenly+asking+for+password

    above is google search page with lots of hits for the same issue.
     
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    Thank you so much for all your excellent suggestions. At this time, when I boot my computer up (standard or safe mode), if it boots up at all, it freezes and the mouse nor keyboard work, so I can't do anything with it. This is the only computer with XP on it, so I'll have to try to find someone with XP to make a bootable CD. I guess my option is to buy an XP CD from HP. I had previously run PC Doctor, Spybot S&R, and Malwarebytes before it shut down altogether, and no problem was found. I tried booting with PC Doctor, but when it got to the point that I had to type something in, I couldn't, because there was no response from the keyboard. The keyboard and mouse are new, so those aren't the problem.

    Thanks, again, and I will continue to try to work with it.

    By the way, the service tech with RegCure Pro told me that I had serious problems with this PC, since there were many warnings and errors in my Event Viewer. I notice that this is true on my laptop, too. Should I do anything about these? Delete them? Or, just leave them alone?
     
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    any error should be researched, you may have a failing drive, I can give instructions to burn a cd with Hiren's boot cd which you can make from a working pc, this may at least give you a chance to copy your data you want saved. If Hiren's will not boot then you may be sure that you have some hardware problems.

    Courtesy of Jose Ibarra
    Make yourself a Hiren's Boot CD which you can download from here:

    http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/

    The ZIP file is large, so the download will probably take a little while to complete bit it is worth it. Then unzip the download to extract the Hirens.BootCD.ISO file that will be used to create your new bootable CD.

    Creating a bootable CD from a .ISO file is not the same as just copying the .ISO file to a blank CD. You have to use software that understands how to burn a .ISO file to a CD to create a bootable CD.

    In the Hiren's ZIP file are the BurnToCD.cmd file that you can double click to launch it, but I have never used it and prefer to use ImgBurn.

    If you need a free and easy CD burning software package, here is a popular free program:

    http://www.imgburn.com/

    When installing ImgBurn, DO NOT install anything from UniBlue or the Ask toolbar (never install the ASK toolbar for anything).

    Here are some instructions for ImgBurn:

    http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showtopic=61

    It would be a good idea to test your new bootable CD on a computer that is working.

    You may need to adjust the computer BIOS settings to use the CD ROM drive as the first boot device instead of the hard disk.

    These adjustments are made before Windows tries to load. If you miss it, you will have to reboot the system again.

    When booting on the Hiren's CD you will see a menu of options. Choose the Mini XP option. Then it will appear that Windows is being loaded and you will be presented with a desktop that has the look and feel of the Windows Explorer interface you are already used to using.

    One way to check the disk for errors is to open My Computer and right click your afflicted drive and choose Properties, Tools, Error-checking, Check Now... put a check mark in both the boxes and then Start.

    Sometimes that doesn't work, so you can also click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    cmd

    Click OK to open a Command Prompt window and enter the following command (assuming XP is installed on your C drive)

    chkdsk c: /r

    This disk checking can take a long time (perhaps several to many hours) depending on the size of the volume, the amount of data on the volume and what the disk checking finds to do.
    Let chkdsk finish and correct any problems it might find.

    Depending on the the speed of your system, the size of the volume, the amount of data on the volume and what chkdsk finds to do, it may take a long time for chkdsk with error correction to complete (several to many hours) or it may appear to be 'stuck'. Be patient. If the HDD light is still flashing, chkdsk is doing something so don't interrupt it. It will finish eventually one way or the other. Keep an eye on the percentage amount to be sure it is still making progress. It may even appear to go backwards sometimes.

    You may have to run the chkdsk c: /r more than once.
     
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    Am I able to use a computer with Win 7 to make a bootable CD for my computer with XP Pro on it?

    I tried creating one with IMGBURN, but it was not successful. I'm sure it's the "operator." I'll try again.
     
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