Linked by David Adams on Fri 25th Sep 2009 16:17 UTC
Bugs & Viruses A non-OSNews-reader asks: "I've got 5 PCs that I'm trying to use to train disadvantaged young people. The problem is they are riddled with viruses and a firewall blocks me from updating them. The people in charge of maintaining the PCs won't fix them or give me the admin password (Win XP) to let me install a new or updated antivirus. The centre is being shut down in a few months. If they were working, I could still do a lot with them, so I've been looking for a good online virus scan - but they all try to download a little .exe onto your PC first, and the settings on the PCs won't allow that. Suggestions? Solutions? Links?" Read on for our recommendation. Update: It appears that this question is part of an elaborate email scam designed to propagate malware. See here for details.
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broch
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2006-05-04

no password is not required for XP repair from CD. as I said this could be considered as security issue, however in some circumstances asking for password would defy whole point of XP repair CD

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

no password is not required for XP repair from CD. as I said this could be considered as security issue, however in some circumstances asking for password would defy whole point of XP repair CD


If the Administrator account on XP has a password set, then you will be asked for that password when you enter the Repair Console from the XP install CD. This Repair Console is the one that you access by hitting "r" from the first menu in the XP install.

You don't need the a password if you want to do a "Repair Install", which is different from accessing the Repair Console. A repair install is accessed by hitting "enter" at the first menu in the install (to Install XP), and then selecting the existing installation, and hitting "r" for a repair install.

However, if you can boot off a CD, there are better options than trying to use the built-in Windows tools. Unix LiveCDs are much better for this.

Edited 2009-09-26 20:25 UTC

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