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How to restore Win Xp Pro to factory settings without cd?

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May 2, 2012 3:42:46 AM

i have an ibm think pad i need to know how to bypass the adimistrater password i bought it used
May 2, 2012 6:12:47 AM



Can't be done I'm afraid and as you don't have a CD, you can't revert to factory settings unless IBM ofer you that at the first black sceen you see at startup. If a Function key isn't offered at that stage, there is no factory recovery.

Don't buy a CD on e-Bay - most are fakes and won't pass activation or genuine advantage tests. The laptop has a future though - a Linux operating system is just as good if not better and costs nothing. Download and burn your own bootable CD and you can test that as a LiveCD without installing to test if you like it or not.

A good one for starters is PCLinuxOS and that comes from http://www.pclinuxos.com. A good utility to burn bootable disks is ImgBurn and that's free as well.


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May 2, 2012 7:10:54 PM

The obvious fix here is to ask whoever you bought it from what the password is.
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May 3, 2012 6:15:55 AM


Some sellers may not have hung around long enough to ask the original owner the password. :D 
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May 3, 2012 7:15:30 AM

you could try ibm and see if they can sell you a copy of the restore disk for it
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February 28, 2013 7:22:43 PM

make a copy of kill disk and follow the instructons. it will wip out everything in the puter , a bomb wouldn,t clan it out as good as the kill disk. :bounce:  :bounce: 
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