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Windows 7: Have both XP and Windows 7 installed on computer BUT..

18 Sep 2009   #1
missdeadlocks

XP/WINDOWS 7
 
 
Have both XP and Windows 7 installed on computer BUT..

I want to take out windows 7. I really like it, but I am finding more and more conflictions with the programs and sites I use each day. Example: Windows 7 does not support Microsoft Office Live where my website is, or World of Warcraft (video card problem). Both work fine on XP. So i decided to revert back. Problem is when I boot up I have three options. "OLDER VERSION OF WINDOWS", "WINDOWS7" AND "SYSTEM RESTORE". Now system restore and older version of windows brings me to the same page and asks me for an admin password. A password that was never set up. We never put a password on this computer. I just tried clicking enter to bypass the nonexsistant password but that didnt work. After 3 attempts it boots me.
How do I roll back??
I also have the Pavilion Slimline by HP which doesnt require a disk and key to reformat the computer, its built in.
But I can't even access that. Any help appreciated.
thanks
-Jaime


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18 Sep 2009   #2
jshimmy33

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Are you using Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate/Enterprise? You can use Windows XP Mode.

EDIT: Or, you can buy/download a Windows disk from Microsoft (or other sources...) and use that.
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18 Sep 2009   #3
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

With any luck that will help you out.

~Lordbob
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19 Sep 2009   #4
missdeadlocks

XP/WINDOWS 7
 
 

I am using Windows Ultimate. I see no sense in buying a copy of windows when I already have it on my computer. It is there, I just cannot get to it for whatever reason. It is asking me for an admin password that doesn't exsist otherwise I would be able to. A couple other people I spoke with said they have the same problem. There must be a way to get around it.
Come on techies..lol. Funny enough, I am an IT major in college, but I just don't know Win7 enough to get through this myself.
I will try that dual boot. Thanks
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19 Sep 2009   #5
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by missdeadlocks View Post
I am using Windows Ultimate. I see no sense in buying a copy of windows when I already have it on my computer. It is there, I just cannot get to it for whatever reason. It is asking me for an admin password that doesn't exsist otherwise I would be able to. A couple other people I spoke with said they have the same problem. There must be a way to get around it.
Come on techies..lol. Funny enough, I am an IT major in college, but I just don't know Win7 enough to get through this myself.
I will try that dual boot. Thanks
Let me see if I get this right.

You had dual boot xp and win7.
You decided you only want xp

You deleted or formatted the win7 partition?
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19 Sep 2009   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by missdeadlocks View Post
I am using Windows Ultimate. I see no sense in buying a copy of windows when I already have it on my computer. It is there, I just cannot get to it for whatever reason. It is asking me for an admin password that doesn't exsist otherwise I would be able to. A couple other people I spoke with said they have the same problem. There must be a way to get around it.
Come on techies..lol. Funny enough, I am an IT major in college, but I just don't know Win7 enough to get through this myself.
I will try that dual boot. Thanks
Since you want to remove win 7 why dont you just boot into XP (older version) and delete the win 7 partition? If xp isnt working and you have a xp disk you can boot from it and format the whole drive. since we have no way of knowing for sure that its your system I doubt that someone is going to give you an admin password especially since we dont know what it would be

Let us know if you need help with the xp or anything else

Ken
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19 Sep 2009   #7
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

What happens in SAFE mode boot ?
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19 Sep 2009   #8
missdeadlocks

XP/WINDOWS 7
 
 

Ah, okay My husband just shed "some" light on the situation. Alright, Well, like I said before we have Windows XP built into our computer. Before, if we wanted to reformat, it was an option from boot up by hitting F8 upon start up that let us reformat right from there. Then my husband installed, or upgraded rather, to Windows 7 ultimate via microsoft website. He did NOT do a duel install, he did not shrink XP and partition the drive. This I am all finding out today. So, now that we want to jump back to XP, the F8 prompts we had before are no longer there because win7 changed everything. So we need to figure out a way to reformat using the built in XP on my computer through all this.
Any ideas..there must be a way.
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19 Sep 2009   #9
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Have you tried these for passwords

Admin or Password ?

Sometimes used by companies for initial setup
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19 Sep 2009   #10
missdeadlocks

XP/WINDOWS 7
 
 

I have tried admin. I even added a password to my account and it doesnt work. I realized I can't get into XP because Windows 7 overrided it when my husband upgraded. Frusterating because I would not have overrided XP, i would have partitioned the drive and had both. But since it happened and I can't change that. I have to tap into the computers built in reformat which I can't find. It's located somewhere on the PC but I dont know where. Usually we found it by hitting F8 upon start up, since we upgraded its not there. However, our old files are still on the computer from XP. It carried over..i have to find out where in the pc that is.
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