Re: User ID & Password
From: Roger Abell [MVP] (mvpNoSpam_at_asu.edu)
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 22:37:18 -0700
OK, for full disclosure sake, there are ways to get into a
Windows 2000 system by setting the admin account password
to a known value. I would recommend that you build a system
that is refresh and know clean instead however.
To install, you need the CD and the license key (which is often
on a label on the machine if the OS shipped with the machine)
or on the CD holder.
Installing is pretty much a process of booting from the CD
and then reading and following the prompting.
Now, as it sounds like you have never done this it might be
a good idea to ask for some guidance before doing this, either
by a Google search on installing Windows 2000 or by checking
in a newsgroup for setup or general discussion. It is pretty
straight-forward, but with Windows 2000 you may want to
do some planning first since you will need to do quite a bit
of OS security patching. On good way is to see if you can
get a copy of the latest Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 and
the post-Service Pack 4 Update Rollup, and also a copy of
a firewall product, and have these on a CD ready to apply
right after the OS is installed, but before you have connected
to the network. etc..
If you want to just set the password and take it from there see
the first (ntpasswd) free tool link listed in
"chevytrk826" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>I have the Windows 2000 professional CD, is this the media that you are
> talking about? If so do I install the CD in the CD ROM and restart the
> computer to format and reinstall and if so will it guide me thru like the
> other Windows OS's? Thanks
> "Roger Abell [MVP]" wrote:
>> If you have legal rights to the OS installed then they were
>> supposed to transfer the media with the machine.
>> The best thing to do is to use this media to do a format
>> and new install so that you end up with a system that is
>> fresh, as there is no telling its current config or condition.
>> "chevytrk826" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> > I was given a computer that belonged to a company and it has Windows
>> > 2000
>> > Professional O/S. My question is how can I get rid of everything on
>> > the
>> > computer except the O/S? I would like to keep the same O/S on it but
>> > every
>> > time I turn on the machine it asks for a user ID and password and I
>> > can't
>> > get
>> > any further. Is there a way to use this computer as a home computer?
>> > Thank
>> > you in advance.