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WE were given a computer and cant get into it HELPPPPPPPPPPP

by boldbabe / March 20, 2006 3:34 AM PST

OK, we were given a computer by a local thrift shop to use for our local church as a back up computer. Its a Microsoft NT technolgy 300PL. WE have no passcode to it what so ever. It pulls up the main log in at start and I dont know how to bypass it.It has their name of course but we dont knw the password so we cant get in. Any body have any advice or should i just trash the computer? Id luv to be able to keep it, we really neeed it for the youth services. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Wipe and start over?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2006 4:37 AM PST

Just put your 2000 CD in and install it as new.

Whatever is on the hard disk is likely to be nothing of interest.


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thats one of the problems
by boldbabe / March 20, 2006 6:49 AM PST
In reply to: Wipe and start over?

Since it was donated to us, there is no disk.. So my best bet is just to give up huh?Im so aggravated. TY for the advice. If u can come up with anything else, id be much appreciatative. TY

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Sorry to hear that. What OS CD do you have?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2006 6:57 AM PST

If you read the forum policies, we walk the narrow line.

What OS CD can you install?


PS. Breaking into that old 2000 install is full of surprises. Including one that you'll need the 2000 OS CD to fix the OS.

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os cd?
by boldbabe / March 20, 2006 7:13 AM PST

Ok, I have yo admitt, im kinda dumb on that one. I guess i will just donate the computer back to the thrift shop. It was donated to us, so Im not losing anything. it didnt come with anything except its tower. I had an old 15 inch monitor, and that about it. But God will provide me with something. Ty for all the help.. I appreciate it. I dont wont to do anything illegal, so ill just donate it back and maybe someone can figure it out. Im glad i found this place. Most stuff i can do, once i can get the door open , but never had one locked like that. I guess thats why it was given to the thrift shop. The computer im using now is a old compaque i bought from the same thrift shop a few years back, which I was lucky and someone had donated all the disk, so I wiped it out and installed new drivers and taaaaaaaaa daaaaaaa! TY and may god bless u.

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OS = short for Operating System.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2006 7:54 AM PST
In reply to: os cd?

Windows 2000 and in fact of these Windows versions don't run long until you need that CD. If this is a freebie, why not dive in and try Linux?


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yes a freebie
by boldbabe / March 20, 2006 11:58 PM PST

It was given to our church by a local thrift shop, I guess im gonnna give it back, I cant fix it , so it does us no good.

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So why not get...
by Edward ODaniel / March 23, 2006 6:10 AM PST
In reply to: yes a freebie

yourself a copy of Windows 2000 for yourself and use it and its license on the computer y'all were given?

It would still be a good deal if you have need for the computer.

Ebay sometimes sells Windows 2000 (or other inexpensive older versions of Windows) pretty cheap. Here is a link if you are quick:

or Windows 98 SE

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Will it let me over ride it like that?
by boldbabe / April 7, 2006 8:08 PM PDT
In reply to: So why not get...

Can u do that? Becaus ei gave it back to the thrift shop and they still have it. But thi stime I would buy it back from them. They are only asking $25.00 for it, and it sure would help out. It can be used for the ministries.

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You don't 'override' anything, you...
by Edward ODaniel / April 8, 2006 7:43 AM PDT

simply perform a fresh installation of the OS providing your own passwords and creating your own user accounts.

Then, to keep costs down you go to and download OpenOffice and install it on the computer to have a full set of business software (Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation Program, Database, and even a drawing application --- all pretty much compatible with Microsoft Office).

If you aren't going to be using the computer on the Web, you could also go with NT 4 (what Windows 2000 derived from) which you could get much cheaper.

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No disk man.
by jrdani / April 21, 2006 6:39 PM PDT

thats one of the problems
Since it was donated to us, there is no disk.. So my best bet is just to give up huh?Im so aggravated. TY for the advice. If u can come up with anything else, id be much appreciatative. TY
The machine does not have a disk.What disk he is talking about, the hard disk or the OS disk?

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No Windows 2000 CD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 22, 2006 12:14 AM PDT
In reply to: No disk man.

Without the CD, it's like a flat tire, no spare and no repair kit.


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What you get for free
by Chiatzu / April 7, 2006 8:39 PM PDT

They gave you a computer and OS with no way to use it? This is like giving someone a car with no keys. Anyway, do you want to be using a computer with an OS and software that someone else has used and possibly tampered with? Who knows what is on the hard drive. Oh, possibly things like trojans, viruses, or rootkits. Maybe nothing like that, but who would live so dangerously.

You should somehow get a fresh licensed copy of current Windows XP or 2000 if it is cheaper, since you'll need frequent security updates and bug fixes if you/other group plan to use it for the Internet. Then it will be an actual personal computer, instead of someone else's.

If you really, really just have to access that came-with-the-computer password protected account for whatever reason, there are numerous free and commercial password restore utilities found with Google. I used one to change a forgotten 2K password on a computer I rarely used.

My advice is take the free computer and wipe the hard drive and install your own OS and software.

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