Administrator Password Override

March 18, 2006 at 18:35:06
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition S, Celeron/unknown
I have a question about Unmountable_Boot_Volume error with regards to the recovery console screen, which after it asks which windows installation to log unto and then it asks for the admin password

The computer with the unmountable boot volume error is not mine and the owner does not recall her password.

The question is:
How does one override the password or what do I type in order for chkdsk to run or chkdsk /r??

I have read the following links but none says anything about overriding the password prompt.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=297185

http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/134376.html


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#1
March 18, 2006 at 18:40:38
If you don't have the admin password, you won't be able to use the recovery console. BTW did you try (blank) as in just pressing enter at the password prompt ?


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#2
March 18, 2006 at 18:44:12
yup, I did Sabertooth. :) I also tried random stuff like 'password', '12345' and so on...

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#3
March 18, 2006 at 18:52:04
Try the Austrumi option from the link below.

http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm


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#4
March 18, 2006 at 18:59:49
LOL Yup, I too read the post below mine after I had posted my question but nothing in there applies to my situation unless maybe this:

http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password_alternate_logon_trick.htm

but it says that it only works for Windows2000 and WindowsNT

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#5
March 18, 2006 at 19:03:09
And by the way, should the password be case sensitive?

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#6
March 18, 2006 at 19:14:05
I forgot to mention that after I try any password the prompt says that I have tried 3 times. For me to hit enter to restart.

when it restarts, the computer actually goes to chkdsk but I noticed that it only has 3 stages instead of its usual 5

when the 1st stage begins it stops at 99 and then the computer displays an extremely quick error that I think it read "insufficient..." something

then the computer restarts

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#7
March 18, 2006 at 19:29:08
I feel like I'm at the brink of reparing her OS but I hit a brick wall with that AdminPassword question. She had asked me politely to save her files. I told her I would try but didn't guarantee anything.

I hate having to fix a computer especially on a Saturday. I guess it's still early. I'm just going to relax and go to a club or something. When I return at like 3am if still I can't figure out what her password is I guess I'm just going to have to reinstall her os.

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#8
March 18, 2006 at 19:42:46
The password is not case sensitive, and the Austrumi will work in XP.


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#9
March 18, 2006 at 20:04:27
I think it was XpUser who posted this the other day:

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

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#10
March 18, 2006 at 20:47:46
Hi OVERRIDE, Sabertooth, Actos, hello everyone,

Austrumi does work well with WinXp as mentioned by Sabertooth.

Another method is to use the Win2000 bootdisks or CD and run the Win2000 recovery console which will not prompt for a password.

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#11
March 19, 2006 at 11:28:32
Arctos, you're right about XpUser posting that message the other day. We all had a good chuckle over it. It was posted in response to a guy that could not boot his computer.

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#12
March 20, 2006 at 05:16:59
Thanks for the replies. Just wanted to let you all know that the Administrator Password can be Overriden by enterring BIOS
disabling it and/or enabling it and enterring your own.

After all that troubleshooting, and just as I had suspected, CheckDisk came back with a dead drive. "there is no hard drive installed in this sytem" error is what I received. Guess she's going to have to buy a new HD.


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#13
March 20, 2006 at 06:36:39
Just wanted to let you all know that the Administrator Password can be Overriden by enterring BIOS disabling it and/or enabling it and enterring your own.

Huh? BIOS password is machine-related. It has nothing to do with XP Administrator password.

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