How can I reinstall wins xp use old harddrive?

Posted on 2009-02-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
My motherboard died,harddrive should be ok,I try to connect  that HD to other Pc and use that windows xp cd to recover the root files"can I do that?" then on the screen I press "R",it ask me administrator password,but I didn't create before,what I can do now?
Question by:WKL
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    -you can recover the files with a recovery CD.  You may need to re-activate windows with the new mobo.  As for the admin password, even though you dont have it it seems your SAM file may think you do.  Get a copy of ultimate boot disk, burn it to cd and boot into that.  there is a password changing tool on there that you can reset the password to blank for the admin account.
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    well u can use password cracking tools like

    which come with a bootablE CD
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    or use DREAMPACK PL

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