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Computer crashed, how do I reinstall win2000?

Posted on 07/10/2003 7:19:45 AM PDT by joanil

Help! My win2000 pc crashed. It is stuck in a endless loop where it starts up, goesinto the window2000 start page and when it gets to the 'administrator'/password wincow I see that my password has vanished! Then the screen goes black and the pc again tries to start. I went into the safe mode by pressing f8 and tried to reinstal a password but it will not work with the original password. I am stumped! I have the win2000 cd and a 'magic floppy' that was given to me before my nephew moved out of state, and he is not available right now. How can I reload this win2000? I am using my web tv right now to message, but it sure is slow! Thanks!


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
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1 posted on 07/10/2003 7:19:45 AM PDT by joanil
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To: joanil
YOU can boot to the 2000 CD and reinstall, OR you can FDISK, Reformat, Install *note* you will have to add all applications again, all your personal stuff will be lost then. I suggest you try the first option I gave you. (read my profile)
2 posted on 07/10/2003 7:22:43 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: joanil
No help here (Mac Family) but I'll bump it for you
3 posted on 07/10/2003 7:22:47 AM PDT by tubebender (FReepin Awesome...)
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4 posted on 07/10/2003 7:23:38 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: joanil
By 'magic disk' are you referring to a recovery boot disk.
You may have a corrupted registery probably caused by a virus. The boot disk may, and I mean may, get you enough access to repair the registry.

Otherwise you may have to reinstall. If you don't have an original cd with the 'key code' you'll either have to buy W2000 or talk somebody who has one to let you borrow it.

Very similar thing happened to me yesterday.

5 posted on 07/10/2003 7:25:08 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: joanil
Are you saying you don't know the administrator password?
6 posted on 07/10/2003 7:26:16 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: joanil
Wish I could remember the names of some of the computer mavens around here -- Lord knows there are plenty.

But BTTT anyway!

7 posted on 07/10/2003 7:26:17 AM PDT by maryz
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To: Zavien Doombringer
How do I begin the 'boot' process? I inserted the win cd into the tray but nothing happens when the cd is installed and the cds grive starts. In other words, is there a specific point or critical time to insert the win cd? Or some kind of prompt command I need to use in dos or safe mode to get the cd to start up?
8 posted on 07/10/2003 7:28:55 AM PDT by joanil
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To: AppyPappy
I tried to reinstall my original administrator password in safe mode to no avail.
9 posted on 07/10/2003 7:31:02 AM PDT by joanil
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To: joanil
Check your CMOS or setup settings (by pressing F10 or whatever it takes to go into setup when it starts up, some use F2 or the delete key) and make the CD drive first choice for startup. Insert W2K CD. You should get a prompt to 'start from CD' when booting up now. Take it, go through the prompts to install W2K over the original copy. Leave the format of the disk as it is. It will reinstall W2K and leave your program files alone. You may have to recreate your desktop, depending on you configuration though.

Probably what happened was an incomplete install of an update or some such.



10 posted on 07/10/2003 7:31:05 AM PDT by Not_Who_U_Think (If it's too loud, you're too old.)
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To: AppyPappy
Appy, I bought a used notebook online and the sellers didn't remove the administrative password from MS XP Pro, which I'm not familiar with. Been trying for months to get a way around it. I'd be tremendously grateful if you had some helpful advice.
11 posted on 07/10/2003 7:31:27 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Googolplex Star Thinker of the Seventh Galaxy of Light and Ingenuity)
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To: joanil
I had this happen to me. It turned out that some file necessary for proper start up had vanished itself. Fortunately, I got the system guy at work to reinstall W2K for me.
12 posted on 07/10/2003 7:32:28 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (The Preview button is for wimps!)
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To: joanil; Zavien Doombringer
I dunno how to help you, but maybe it was that "q" at the end of your list name that caused the crash!!

All kidding aside, best of luck. Hope you get it fixed soon.

13 posted on 07/10/2003 7:33:27 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: sciencediet
Basically, you need to know that. If you don't, a reinstall is a good idea. Here is a good place for questions. Go to the forums.
14 posted on 07/10/2003 7:35:05 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: joanil
If you go to www.microsoft.com and do some research there are elaborate instructions on how to restore your registry files to a prior version. A much easier way is to remove your hard drive and plug it in as a secondary drive on an alternate machine. Then you can simply rename the 5 files to a version before your problems started. Once you do that your machine will boot like it used to and you will not lose any files. I have done this trick several times and it is nice to not have to reinstall everything. If you can't find the help at MS I will research it for you later. Whatever you do, don't reinstall the operating system yet. It is usually not necessary.
15 posted on 07/10/2003 7:35:33 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: joanil
Don't you have files and information you want to save? If you don't then just put the win 2k disc in and reboot your computer. You *may* have to adjust your bios to enable a boot from CD.

Just reinstall win2k over your existing version which will be wiped out in the process
16 posted on 07/10/2003 7:35:35 AM PDT by dennisw (G-d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: joanil
Don't you have to know the admin password to change it?
17 posted on 07/10/2003 7:35:38 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Semper Paratus
If the Master Boot Record is damaged, you wouldn't get to the windows login. If windows 95 (ewww) or 98 were the OS, then I would have suggested booting to A:\, then FDISK /MBR to repare the boot record. Win 2000 is a different animal...
18 posted on 07/10/2003 7:36:56 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: joanil

19 posted on 07/10/2003 7:37:40 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: joanil
Pick it up and shake it.

No, wait, that's for the Etch-a-Sketch.
20 posted on 07/10/2003 7:37:52 AM PDT by coloradan
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To: sciencediet
Just re-install MS XP Pro ....... I'm guessing you did not get an XP disc with this computer.
21 posted on 07/10/2003 7:38:10 AM PDT by dennisw (G-d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: sciencediet
You cannot get around the Admin password on 2000, however if you can get on a newgroup that has Password recover software, you can change the password.
22 posted on 07/10/2003 7:38:34 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: Zavien Doombringer
Why not go to the system registry & reset to a date that the computer was functioning properly. By no means too savy here but I know that reformating the drive is alot of work.
23 posted on 07/10/2003 7:38:53 AM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: joanil
. In other words, is there a specific point or critical time to insert the win cd? Or some kind of prompt command I need to use in dos or safe mode to get the cd to start up?

If the PC does not boot from the CD it is not configured to do that. You will need to insert the 3.5" floppy disk (Magic disk?) and then let the PC boot from that. What you do next is determined by what state the PC is in when the boot from the floppy is done.

24 posted on 07/10/2003 7:38:54 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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To: Semper Paratus
Ah yes, the joys of running windows
25 posted on 07/10/2003 7:39:40 AM PDT by zeugma (Hate pop-up ads? Here's the fix: http://www.mozilla.org/ Now Version 1.4!)
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To: Semper Paratus
it is a boot floppy that my Nephew called a 'magic disc' to use to restart the system, but it does not seem to do anything when inserted into the floppy drive. Yes, I have a valid win2000 cd but I do not know any 'code' or numbers to begin the startup! This all started when I downloaded the recommended June 3rd service pak from ms. When asked to restart after a successfuldownload of the service pack, I restarted the computer, and that i when it went into the endless startup loop with password loss. Forgive my typing in typo's, this web tv keyboard is downright medival!
26 posted on 07/10/2003 7:39:49 AM PDT by joanil
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To: sciencediet
sciencediet:

Use this [1] tool to change your Administrator password. Instructions and tool are on the webpage. It's a free and proven solution. Make sure to thank the author, it's a fine piece of work.

[1]http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
27 posted on 07/10/2003 7:40:01 AM PDT by CLRGuy
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To: AZamericonnie
Reformating isn't that bad...

It is a pain seeing all your files disappearing. Windows Registry can only be accessed in windows...It isn't like DOS

28 posted on 07/10/2003 7:41:27 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: joanil
Yes, I have a valid win2000 cd but I do not know any 'code' or numbers to begin the startup! ............

Valid win2k numbers are all over the internet. Go to usenet via google. Since you have a legit disk I consider it OK to scoop up a win 2k number.
29 posted on 07/10/2003 7:42:32 AM PDT by dennisw (G-d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: joanil
You need to make sure your first boot device is set to 'floppy' in the CMOS. Or if you have the Win2k CD, you can set the first boot device to CD-ROM and boot from it and re-install Windows.
30 posted on 07/10/2003 7:43:15 AM PDT by Space Wrangler (Now I know what it's like washing windows when you know that there are pigeons on the roof...)
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To: dennisw
You're right, no disk came with the laptop, so I bought XP Pro upgrade and my hubby installed it, but it didn't work.

Maybe I should have bought the whole program instead of the upgrade?

31 posted on 07/10/2003 7:43:37 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Googolplex Star Thinker of the Seventh Galaxy of Light and Ingenuity)
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To: Zavien Doombringer; AppyPappy
Thanks, I didn't know that password recovery software existed. Will definitely look for it.
32 posted on 07/10/2003 7:45:33 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Googolplex Star Thinker of the Seventh Galaxy of Light and Ingenuity)
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To: AZamericonnie
There is that nasty _RESTORE Folder isn't there :)
33 posted on 07/10/2003 7:48:09 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: CLRGuy
Guy, that looks good. Bless you!
34 posted on 07/10/2003 7:48:28 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Googolplex Star Thinker of the Seventh Galaxy of Light and Ingenuity)
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To: sciencediet
Maybe I should have bought the whole program instead of the upgrade?...........


XP Upgrade is as good as the non upgrade version. (I have installed both) They are exact same except that upgrade asks your computer if it has a previous version of windows on it. Failing that it asks you to insert your windows 98/ME/2000 disk in the CD drive to confirm you indeed possess a prior version of windows. Your husband should give it another try or pay a geeky teenage neighbor to do it for you
35 posted on 07/10/2003 7:50:06 AM PDT by dennisw (G-d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: joanil
More than a few had problems with the Sp3 update. If you could get it up in safe mode you could try uninstalling Sp3, but in this case use the reinstall instructions I gave and you'll be ok.
36 posted on 07/10/2003 7:50:20 AM PDT by Not_Who_U_Think (If it's too loud, you're too old.)
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To: dennisw
We used to be geeky but we drifted. As a FReepers, we'll never drift. Can't, because this thread is an example of what an amazing lifeboat it is. Thank you very much.
37 posted on 07/10/2003 7:58:51 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Googolplex Star Thinker of the Seventh Galaxy of Light and Ingenuity)
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To: sciencediet
I used to work on Gateways and the motherboards used to have a jumper that you could change to disabled the passwords. You'll need to find out the manufacturer and model of your motherboard and consult them.
38 posted on 07/10/2003 8:00:42 AM PDT by mbynack
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To: joanil
You first need to log in.
39 posted on 07/10/2003 8:00:56 AM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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Isn't there a "Registry Restore" command that you can use to restore the previous version of registry? I thought that it was contained in the Win 2000 operating system, but it might be an aftermarket software program.

I use Norton Antivirus and I try to keep the restore disk up to date. It saved me a lot of trouble when my system was infected with KLEZ32.

40 posted on 07/10/2003 8:05:28 AM PDT by mbynack
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To: mbynack
No. Registry restore is built into WinME and WinXP, but not Win 2000.
41 posted on 07/10/2003 8:15:13 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Zavien Doombringer
What about scanreg /restore from the c prompt in DOS to reset the computer operating date? Your right...zeros to the drive is easy. It's installing all the software, restoring all the backups, drivers, networking, sharing & settings that is such a pain!
42 posted on 07/10/2003 10:09:51 AM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: sciencediet
Yup, this site is a lifeboat for sure. In many many ways. So while I'm at it.......a big time thanks to everyone who tries to help, no matter the problem.
43 posted on 07/10/2003 11:05:10 AM PDT by OldFriend ((BUSH/CHENEY 2004))
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To: OldFriend
Mega dittos to that, OldFriend.
44 posted on 07/10/2003 11:17:53 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Googolplex Star Thinker of the Seventh Galaxy of Light and Ingenuity)
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To: joanil
I hope you don't mind if I scoot in here and ask a question myself.

I have Win 98. Tried to do Critical Update. There's no place to click for Win 98. Plus it wants a password for the upgrades - which I don't have.

Did they stop servicing this version of Windows?
45 posted on 07/10/2003 1:42:58 PM PDT by JudyB1938 (It's a wild world. There's a lot of bad and beware.)
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To: JudyB1938
Try this...
http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp
46 posted on 07/10/2003 9:28:08 PM PDT by Ouachita
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To: Ouachita
That's the site I've always used, but they've changed it. I can't see where I can update my version of Windows.

Surely they wouldn't withdraw support without notifying people, would they? I know they plan to, but I thought it was a bit in the future.
47 posted on 07/11/2003 5:58:29 AM PDT by JudyB1938 (It's a wild world. There's a lot of bad and beware.)
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