XP installation cancellation - any idea?

Discussion in 'Windows XP General Discussion' started by Joe, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. Joe


    Aug 31, 2015
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    Well, this is a real mess. OK, I'm pretty lost here, and not exactly certain how I'm going to get out of this mess.

    Basically, a relative got a virus or something, and their password (sam file) was compromised. I decided to take the XP installation CD and reset the password (using makeuseof(dot)com/tag/recover-your-windows-xp-administrator-password-with-the-installation-disk/).

    Basically I kept proceeding until I would find the 'press R to repair' message. Unfortunately, it would seem that never happened. Eventually there was a prompt of a partition to overwrite (I chose the main) and a format option (I chose don't format).

    Once I got to the install screen (labtestproject(dot)com/screenshot/windows_xp/pages/013_install_device.html) I decided to take the CD out, and power down.

    Right now I can think of only one option to save the important documents: take out the hard drive, and scan it for files.

    Any suggestions on how I can exit this installation, and remove the admin password?
    Joe, Aug 31, 2015
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  2. Joe


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    metastasis69, Sep 4, 2015
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