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Windows 7: Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS

24 Jan 2016   #110
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok have it running on three machines now (testing) but I cannot quite work out how to set an admin password and the only reason I can think is that I am running it from a stick and not the hard drive?

I have tried the authenticate and used the given password but it tells me it is incorrect.

I have to admit it is confusing with different titles for different actions perhaps I am not using the right one??


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24 Jan 2016   #111
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The complete install or even on a VM will automatically require you to enter an admin password. You will find that just about everything will prompt for the password once a physical install or VM is seen to.

While booting live however you are still in the demo mode unless the distro is one that is live only. Knoppix for cd and grew for live dvd was an old Debian distro that was totally live only. That was written up about a decade ago for being a data recovery tool.
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24 Jan 2016   #112
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
The complete install or even on a VM will automatically require you to enter an admin password. You will find that just about everything will prompt for the password once a physical install or VM is seen to.

While booting live however you are still in the demo mode unless the distro is one that is live only. Knoppix for cd and grew for live dvd was an old Debian distro that was totally live only. That was written up about a decade ago for being a data recovery tool.
Ok mate I shall swap out the Windows drive on that machine and use a spare SSD for an install. Thanks for the heads up
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25 Jan 2016   #113
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

That would make things quite a bit easier for you. That was one thing noticed right away with any physical installs was the need to always have a password which became the master password for everything in the distro being looked over.

Instead of the UAC you had to constantly enter the password for each change in settings even the background or particular theme. You'll find out soon enough!
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25 Jan 2016   #114
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Thanks again am about to start setting up that machine now. I think once I get past the differenet terms the GUI stuff I reckon I could be using it a bit more. My previous experience was not that long only because Windows had such a great system in 7.
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25 Jan 2016   #115
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Make an easy password because you will be asked very often. I always use 1234.
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25 Jan 2016   #116
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

For the 17.2 Linux Mint or Linux Mint Debian the installation will go easy enough for you. You will be using GParted since that is the default partition manager there and while booted live you can see VFat Ext4 if not Ext 5 as well as Fat 32 and NTFS when you want to clear off the Linux stuff afterwards.

Here I put on Paragon's ExtFS for Windows and still haven't been able to mount anything VFat as of yet. That is supposed allow you to mount Linux volumes while in Windows which would enable file sharing as well as manual backups between the different OSs.
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25 Jan 2016   #117
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Am obviously doing something wrong but I have now tried seven ties to install onto a SSD from the stick.
I go though all the steps and it apparently installs but at the login screen I enter the password I wanted during the install and it tells me it is the incorrect password ahev tiored the computer name as the PW but same result.

I am trying to get the 64bit version on 17.1 and 17.3 and the only success is the 32bit version so what gives with the 64bit version??
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25 Jan 2016   #118
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

I haven't run any SSDs here since there's an issue as far as not being able to clean those off thoroughly as well as only seeing writes to drives and the price tag for a good sized model like a 1tb. It's likely however that the installation is lacking something that either didn't go on fully or the less likely reason that you tried this on an SSD instead of a spinner which makes less sense since these latest releases would certainly already have seen the support added in now for several years!

I suspect the first of not seeing something go on fully as the cause. Of course I also run with the Linux Mint Debian alternative being Debian compatible while you went for the regular LM.

Another potential problem of course with your mention of "stick" would be a bad write to the flash drive! When going to to download any newer release of LMD I burn in on a dvd-r as well as seeing it written to a flash drive mainly using UltraISO since other apps like WingToUSB, ISO to USB, UNetBootin, and other flash drive tools never seem to be reliable! That is also seen with Windows as well as Linux iso disk images being put on flash drives.

And then the download itself might just be what needs to be replaced? You may have seen a bad download which can happen at times especially when the download server is either busy with traffic or it isn't that well maintained.
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25 Jan 2016   #119
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok another day and am trying again and I guess it could be any of those things as you folks know it better than I do. Plus I did notice that some of the downloads were really quite quick rather than the first couple of times I tried so maybe the download was corrupt or something or maybe I wasn't leaving enough persist?

Now the brand of stick I was using Lexar I have never been a real fan of only that they are usually slightly cheaper than the others The 32bit version went fine except I wasn't caught up with passwords and it was a Toshiba stick. So this time I am trying SanDisk a brand I do like.

I also tried leaving the drive unallocated (after a clean) and formatted to FAT32 and I am going to try the unallocated way first. It is a pity the download would not load straight onto the drive (120GB SanDisk formatted FAT32) instead of a stick but I don't know if that would work either.

But little I have used the system via the stick does seem a good alternative to Windows.
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