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Entries in Windows (2)

Tuesday
Sep212010

Fix blank desktop after XP Repair

After performing a Windows XP Repair Install, a computer we had in the shop would not boot to the desktop to allow activation, this was the case with Normal Startup, as well as Safe Mode With Networking, although normal Safe Mode (without Networking) would allow the system to boot, it would not activate outside of Normal Startup.

I found the following posts describing a similar senario, and in my case, the following command run from Safe Mode with Command Prompt resolved the issue and the system activated without further problems.

%windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe

Friday
Sep172010

Reset Local User passwords in Windows 7

I forgot my own password for the Boot Camp partition on my MacBook Pro, I'd been letting it sit unused so long it just never had a chance to gel with me.

Well, it turns out the trusty "Offline NT Password & Registry Editor" is still fully functional with Windows 7, so I downloaded the appropriate ISO, burned it to a CDR, and minutes later I had access to the system

Holding down alt/option to select the boot disk at startup allowed me to choose the CDR I had burned, though it did not detect my keyboard, plugging in an external made everything work smoothly from that point forward.

A handy tool in a pinch when you're locked out of your own OS.