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XP clean install problem

by ibl3 / January 20, 2010 4:42 PM PST


I am reinstalling XP on my desktop, and the process went just as it was described in this helpful article:

I booted from the XP installation CD that had come with my Dell some time back, deleted the old XP partition, created and formatted a new one (NTFS), and began going through the XP installation process.

I was asked about my regional and language preferences, but the next steps - setting up the name of the computer, entering the admin password, network preferences, etc. (from this step onwards: - none of this happened.

Instead, the installation finished on its own, the PC rebooted, and I was sent to the blue Welcome/Login screen that had no user names to click on... Very frustrating. Any ideas about how this might be fixed?


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Strange but did you try Ctrl-Alt-Del
by Steven Haninger / January 20, 2010 9:01 PM PST

and see if it would bring up the classic login screen? If so, I'd try to just type "administrator" (without quotes) in the username box and just press Enter without entering a password. Unless Dell burned something into their image, that might work. If so, create your own users accounts including at least one administrator account. Password protect the built in administrator account as well.

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doesn't seem to work, unfortunately
by ibl3 / January 20, 2010 11:18 PM PST

Thanks for the reply. Yes, I tried Ctrl/Alt/Del, but typing in administrator and then pressing Enter brings up the folowing error message: "The system cannot log you on due to the following error the specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted."

Booting up in Safe Mode brings up a login screen that has the User name field already filled in with Administrator, but just hitting enter in the Password field leads to the same error message...

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