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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Palm Springs, CA
05-01-2012, 10:25 AM
first assumption is that there's nothing on the drive you need to keep.
second assumption is that the admin password is prompted by the fact that there's an OS that requires it on the partition you're trying to install over. that is to say that the recovery partition isn't actually protected by this password, and would run fine except for the fact it's finding a protected partition...
my suggestion simply is to attempt to format the OS partition first, and run the recovery after.
as to how to go about it without running into the admin password request, i believe linux is the answer. also, you'll need to set the recovery partition to boot from. and you could do that with linux as well.
for this type of thing i generally recommend parted magic live usb.
specifically, run the disk utility in parted magic (i forget what it's actually called, but it's on the parted magic desktop).
delete, and format the partition containing the current version of windows you're trying to install over.
once that partition is reformatted, flag the recovery partition as boot (right click on it for options).
restart the computer (without the parted magic USB) and that should bring up the installer. and, since the OS requiring the admin password is gone, it should go ahead and run fine.
i'll STRESS again that this is my last resort suggestion since you'll be wiping the drive. and i'm not 100% the recovery partition isn't modified with the admin password. but i don't think it is.
hope that was helpful..
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