I’ve got an old PC with Windows XP installed on it that I intend to convert into a network connected server.
My initial thought was to wipe the drive, reinstall Windows and use Tonido to set it up. However, I can’t remember the administrator password to log onto the computer (it’s been years since I’ve used it). I’ve tried multiple workarounds, trying to boot into safe mode, trying to open system admin tools, etc. but still can’t get in to the computer.
My next thought was to install Ubuntu onto the computer or use a USB installer like the one from PenDriveLinux.
Ideally, I’d like to wipe the drive (or just replace it) and boot from the USB flash drive. Problem is, I’ve got a Mac with which I’ve downloaded Ubuntu and the USB installer and can’t figure out how to set up the installer and boot disk on the flash drive so that it will load on the old PC since it is an .EXE file that won’t load on my Mac.
Can anyone advise or point me to an article or previously written answer for help on this?