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Hi All,

I recently acquired a HP Compaq nc4010 from my uncle, unfortunately its loaded with a very restricted version of Windows XP which won't let me do pretty much anything.

The laptop is one of those ultra compact ones so no built-in DVD Drive or Floppy Drive. However, I can boot off a USB however. (tried and was successful).

I originally just tried to get the administrator account password (using Ultimate Boot CDs NT Offline Password recovery utility) but this didn't seem to work as it was still refusing me access, nevertheless it perfectly booted from the USB.

Anyhoo, I want to install my own copy of Windows XP onto the laptop so I can use it normally. I'd rather not get an external DVD Drive or anything, and unfortunately don't have an external hd available to me. What I was thinking was loading something like fdisk onto a USB with DOS and my windows xp install folder as well. Then formatting the main hard drive, copying over the windows xp setup folder (I have a super-compacted windows xp with sp2 integrated) then running the install via. DOS from the main hard drive and continuing as normal.

Has anyone ever done this or could anyone provide assistance (a point in the right direction of the tools would be v. helpful)

TIA,
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Have you tried leaving the password blank and logging in in safemode? Usually that's the default.

Also I remember something like this from another thread, http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/ was supposed to be able to remove the admin password. I can't access that page from work but is that the one you used?

If all else fails get a USB CD-ROM like I did for a friend laptop that had a busted DVD Drive.
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Mira
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2400S ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 AMD Radeon R9 390 Crucial Ballistix Tracer 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung SSD 850 Pro 256GB Western Digital WD50000LPLX LG BR/DVD/CD Burner Air Nation 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Home RCA 32" 1080p RCA 32" 1080p LG 32" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Cooler Master Devastator II Ultra 1000w PC Voodoo Rage Cooler Master Devastator II 
Mouse Pad
Custom 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 EP45-UD3L ATI Radeon HD 6950 Crucial Ballistix Tracer 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1TB Western Digital LiteON DVD+-RW ArcticCooling CPU | 4x 80mm Case Fans Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Sony 46" + LG 32" Logitech G15 Silverstone ST60F 600W VoodooPC Rage D:100 
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Logitech VX Revolution Vera Wang AltecLansing 5.1 300W Surround 
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