My windows xp system has somehow become corrupted. trying to

September 29, 2012 at 19:00:05
Specs: Windows 7
Cant find administrator password for XP. System has become corrupted, booting from XP offered recover option, then after choosing C drive it asks for adminstator name, as I recall we left it blank and just hit enter. It won't accept that. Any ideas. There is an option to just choose continue, however I' afraid it will rewrite everything and I'll loose all my data and programs . . . is that correct, I'll loose everything or can I choose continue instead or recover and it will just reinstall XP?

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October 1, 2012 at 16:27:53
If your computer is truly corrupt then reinstalling xp is the best and easiest remedy but all data will be lost.i will recommend chosing the continue option make a back up and reinstall xp

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October 11, 2012 at 06:08:22
Possibly... Do a repair install - which is not run from recovery console etc.; full details here (scroll down a little to Repair Installation).

But first... If there are files etc. you want to be sure are safe... Access the drive via Linux on CD/DVD boot up. There several variants - Debian and Knoppix being two of the most popular... Can be found on the www as downloadable .iso file; which then burn to an optical disk and boot with that. Then copy all data etc. to external storage; and verify copies are readable/accessible before proceeding to do anything with current installation repairs/recovery.

You will likely need to re-install/re-apply service pack updates etc. afterwards; but if you do repair installation it will (or ought to) preserve all major settings, and data too. But as above wise to safeguard data first... to external media.

Be sure you scroll down to the correct section on the above link!

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