Admin Password in Recovery Console

October 25, 2006 at 15:25:20
Specs: Windows XP, pentium 4/256
Recently I restarted my computer and when Windows tried to load eventually a blank screen appeared and then it rebooted on its own. Now it gives me options whether to go in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Normal Windows, etc. I have tried all of them but before they finish loading the computer reboots. So I put in my Setup CD and went into the Recovery Console and it prompted me for my Administrative Password. I do not recall ever setting an Administrative Password so I just hit ENTER and it said the password is not valid. What should I do?

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October 25, 2006 at 15:29:46
Some manufacturers used the generic password until reset. It is PASSWORD.

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October 25, 2006 at 15:36:06
Or sometimes it is just admin as well...

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October 25, 2006 at 17:55:46
If neither of the previous posts fix your problem, Google for chntpw.

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October 25, 2006 at 20:59:55
I have used this websites CD image many times. It may seem complicated, but it really does everything for you once you boot up with it:

Password recovery

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October 25, 2006 at 23:31:48
Here's an extract from ElderGeeks...

Recovery Console Password

On many XP installations you can't start the Recovery Console because it won't recognize your password. This registry edit causes the Recovery Console not to ask for a password. This works for both XP Home and XP Professional.

Start | Run | Regedit
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole
Set the DWORD SecurityLevel value to 1
Exit Registry and Reboot

It worked for me.. Good luck

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October 27, 2006 at 04:48:56
How're you gonna do that when Windows won't boot? Interested to know that one. :)

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October 27, 2006 at 18:42:38
Offline Registry edit??

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