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I am running Windows 7 on a Lenovo laptop.  I just made a system restore disk, but when I tried to use it the system restore program asked me for a password for my Homegroup.  I have no idea.  The computer was bought new by me, and nobody's ever used it except me.  I am an administrator, but don't recall ever setting up a Homegroup.  Is there any way to reset the Homegroup password (or eliminate it)?  The alternative given was to logon as an administrator ... I AM an administrator, and the only user on this computer.  How can I log in as administrator so I can use the system restore?  For that matter, I need to select "boot to DVD" before the system is even logged on, so that doesn't make any sense.  Please help.

Thanks,

Phil
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by:arnold
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Where is the backup data stored? Is it stored on a network?
The prompt might related to authorize access to the resource.

Did you when doing the backup overwrite the manufacturer original image?
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That's odd, I've never seen a Homegroup password prompt when doing a system restore on Lenovos (I actually did one just today on a Lenovo notebook). Are you sure you've booted from the system restore disk properly? Can you please specify the model of your Lenovo machine?

As for the Homegroup password, you should be able to simply leave the group. See the steps in this article to do this: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows7/leave-a-homegroup

To view your Homegroup password follow the instructions in this article: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows7/where-can-i-find-my-homegroup-password
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by:philsimmons
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Arnold.  Thanks for responding.  This is a standalone computer, not on a network.   I don't know that I've ever run a backup - I'm trying to access Startup Repair, not a System Restore.

VB ITS.  Thank you as well.  I'll follow up with your Homegroup suggestions and see if it works.   Thanks.
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by:VB ITS
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Oh, so you were referring to the Windows system restore disk and not the system restore disks created through the Lenovo restore software.

In that case leaving the Homegroup should resolve your issues.
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