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Using the Windows Recovery Console without knowing the admin password

Discussion in 'Software' started by Flipside, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. Flipside

    Flipside Bit Poster

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    I'm currently attempting to fix an XP install on a friend's machine. I started up the Recovery Console and eventually got a prompt asking for the administrator password. I gave my friend a call, he guessed 6 or 7 times, but couldn't remember.

    Lord knows why he can't remember, but he can't. I am conscious of the fact that this does sound a bit dodgy, but at the same time I can't imagine it's all that uncommon a problem either.

    The PC will not boot to XP currently. I really don't want to just give up and take the easy way out of just doing a fresh installation. There is apparently a large collection of photos on the hard disk which I'd like to retrieve for him.

    Any help appreciated!
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    If you can get your hands on ERD Commander, it has a utility called locksmith that lets you change the admin password. However if you can't get your hands on ERDC have a look at these links about resetting the admin password: site1, site2.

    There are also alot of linux based utils out there that allows you to do this, I believe that hiren's CD (downloadable off the web) has some of them.

    Hope this helps

    -Ken
     
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  3. Tyler D

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    Also did the friend set an admin password in the first place? Have been caught out a few times with that one myself. Have you tried just leaving it blank?
     
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