recovery console password problem

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February 9, 2010 at 13:51:39
Specs: Windows XP, pentium core 2 duo
Please help! An antivirus program deleted winlogon.exe so I am not able to log in to windows at all. I am trying to load the recovery console from my xp cd to fix that problem. Unfortunately, recovery console asks for the administrator password. When I type in the correct password, it still says it is invalid. Any ideas? Please note, I cannot get into windows, so editing the security level via regedit isn't possible.

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February 9, 2010 at 14:30:27
... did you set an Admin password? try just [press enter]

... click > #Response number 1


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February 9, 2010 at 14:49:57
Print and save these for future information ----
Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console
HOW TO: Install and Use the Recovery Console in Windows XP
How to remove Windows Recovery Console

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February 9, 2010 at 15:29:04
In 2000 and XP...

I found this out by trial and error....

- If there are no asterisks beside Administrator Password:
- "stars" - *s - the upper case of 8 on your keyboard - there is no password - just press Enter.

- if there ARE asterisks beside Administrator Password:
, the password is the same one you use to access the Administrator user when you boot the computer into Safe mode, then you press Enter.

Case is important - whether characters are uppercase or lowercase.

It is NOT the password you use to access any user in Windows otherwise.

Most computers do not have an Administator password when you initially get the brand name or generic computer.
When you install Windows from scratch, there is no Administator password.
When you re-load a brand name computer's original software from a Recovery disk or disk set meant for the model, usually there is no Administator password.

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February 9, 2010 at 16:31:58
Unfortunately it doesn't matter what my admin password is. I set one and entered it into the recovery console. It still tells me that the password is invalid. The real issue is that I cannot get to a command prompt unless I can get past the password problem...if I can get to a command prompt, I have the information to reset/eliminate the password and reinstall the file that will let me log in to windows. Other ideas? Thanks.

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February 9, 2010 at 16:43:55
This was referred to in a previous topic in a post by OtheHill, a guy who regularly anwsers here.

"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"

Good luck."

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February 9, 2010 at 17:25:55
Memory tells me the problem is due to your XP disk being SP.1, I think the problem was fixed in SP.2

Slipstreaming SP.2 or SP.3 on another pc will probably allow you to enter the recovery console using the new disk.

The above workaround is also mentioned here

Good luck.

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February 9, 2010 at 18:35:22
I just looked at your first post again.

Obviously you can't get into Windows.

Do you have access to another computer?

If so, another way is you could extract winlog.exe from your own CD, then boot your computer with something that can copy it to the proper place you've copied that to, such as a Linux bootable CD of some sort.

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