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Xp recovery console password issue

Q: Xp recovery console password issue

I am removing Linux on 2nd drive
Need to use FixMBR
When entering password for login in XP recovery console, I get kicked out
I cannot remember what I set up 2 years ago
I have the login for my profile which has full administrative access
Is there a workaround to change the password on the actual administrator profile from with my profile?

Help & thanks

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Hello to all.
I was working with the Recovery Console and got the part where it ask for a password. The
problem is I don't have a password. I have no record of ever making a password for this
computer. It is Windows xp Professional with Service Pack 3 from Gateway. I read that if you don't have a password you can type "blank" or" leave blank "and press enter. I don't know which. I can't get that to work. Maybe I am doing something wrong.
I am at at a loss as to what to do. It has a" Intel Pentium 4, 3200 MHz
Processor, 200MH external bus" Is there any work around to getting around the password.
If anyone has any suggestions or references to offer . I would so much appreciate your

best wishes to all

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A:Recovery Console Password

If there isn't a password applied, then you should be able to access it my hitting Enter.
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Does anyone know what to do in this situation?

I would have just reformatted my hard drive, but there is some stuff on there that I will not be able to get again and I would rather have.


A:Recovery Console... Password???

I would just do a general repair on your Windows installation. You would go about this with your installation disk as if you were going to install (or reinstall) Windows. When setup sees that you have an exisiting Windows installation, it will give you the option of repairing it. Choose that, and it will repair without reformatting and losing your data. Be careful though, do not delete the existing Windows or the partition. If you are doing this and have any doubts, ask before proceeding.
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Did you heed the warning about an OEM installation. The only way MSs fix works is with a full purchased installation on XP. If you didn't pay attention to this and it's OEM, then you can't reenter the recovery console and a reformat and clean installation will have to be done unless someone knows a way around this.
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A:XP recovery console without password

At what point are you being asked for the admin password.If you're in the Recovery console, you normally just need to press Enter.
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A:Recovery Console will not accept my password

Is the Recovery Console installed on the system?At what point...are you prompted for a password?You might read the following: How to use CHKDSK in the XP Recovery Console - Generally speaking...there is no entry required on the password line, just hit Enter to move to the next line.And...why would you expect your daughter's accept your password?Louis
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A:XP Recovery Console Administrator Password

xp home always asks for the administrator password and it is blank if it is a default install. But pro ask the installer to create a password at install. Some oem's bypass this "feature".

I suspect some malware or malware repair damages whatever decides the admin password is needed because I always find the systems that won't accept the known password or asks for one where it should not exist, have trojans and droppers on them.

The above logic is not conclusive though since damn near every computer I get to work on has some malware on it.
Maybe someone can give a definite answer.
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A:XP's recovery console admin password help

it is not the same
even if u are the only user and u have admin rights, there is still an ccount called 'administrator' and this is hidden unless u restart into safe mode or manually type in user: 'administrator'
the password is therefore different then your username password (unless during the setup u entered the same password as u did for your username)

if u didnt put any 'administrator' password, try just pressing 'enter' when asked in recovery console but remember dont put your username there but 'administrator' in the 'user' field
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A:Administrative Password In Recovery Console

Someone somewhere at some time has set a password.
It's obviously not Nothing or it would have let you in.
Who was the person who did the most recent install, not re-install, of XP?
Has a mate done it?
To me if XP had been installed by the manufacturers they would have left it blank.
1: You could slave into another pc and get your files back hopefully.
2: Format and start over.
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Is ther any work-around for this type of problem?
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A:Recovery Console Admin Password 'Not Valid'?

Have you tried hitting enter without using a password ?
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A:[SOLVED] admin password for recovery console

if you never did set up an administrative password, then just press enter. If that does not work, then unfortunately according to the rules we cannot help you bypass a password since it would seem there was one installed at one time.
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A:Recovery Console INVALID Administrator Password

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A:Bypassing administrator password in the Recovery Console?


Weird, I got an email which said someone replied but there isn't any...

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A:Administrator Password error on recovery console of windows xp

If you did not set a password then you should be able to get in by just pressing enter. This password is typically set during installation of Windows.

Unfortunately, forum rules prohibit us from telling you how to clear or bypass the administrator password.



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A:Windows XP SP2 recovery console issue

I did a memtest86 and had no errors. I ran it upto 10 cycles. I checked the harddisk, driver compatibilty and found zilch errors. I also used an application called Program Checker whic turned out fine. So I have no clue on why this error keeps on popping up. I hope someone has a solution
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HiSee the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article about this problem.
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Hi booworthy,

It's an interesting problem, so getting the full error message would be helpful.

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A:Security Issue / Windows Recovery Console Problems!

try pressing f8 when booting and from the boot options choose
last known good configuration
i have never struck this before,if you type help in the recovery console it will give you a list of the commands available
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A:"Load Needed DLLs for Kernel" Issue with XP (Not Able to Boot Recovery Console)

Press keys other than "Enter" to see if that helps.
Once the periods show up, stop pressing the keys
Have you run any diagnostics on the system?  If not, try these free, bootable diagnostics:
Start with the hard drive diagnostics (as there may be a hard drive problem.
Try another bootable recovery console image.  Here's the results of a search I made:
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A:XP recovery console versus Vista/7's recovery console

You can create a Window PE (Pre-installation Enviroment) disk which is a cut down version of Windows with a command line interface so that you can tinker with the OS.

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A:Hoping to undo partial recovery operation (recovery console)

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A:XP Recovery console anyone? help

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A:Recovery Console

space then enter :D

or just enter

or if your using Pro, the password of the 1st account you set up.
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A:how do i use recovery console?

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A:Recovery Console - No OS


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A:Need recovery console cd

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A:Recovery Console

Recovery Console is a good thing to have installed on your computer, in can be very helpful to trouble shoot problems. If you really need to get rid of it, then you will have to edit the Boot.ini file.
How to remove Windows Recovery Console
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A:Recovery Console help.

Hi gcurley, welcome to TSF..

do you currently have the associated Norton product installed?
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A:Please Help with Recovery Console!

ak: I was following your previous post about this problem. I have a suggestion for you.
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A:using xp recovery console

Brook, we can't really help with virus removal in this part of the forum, you would have to create a new post in the Virus section. Here are the first step instructions. NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help - Tech Support Forum

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A:Recovery Console

Here is 2 links that can provide some information.
Can I ask why you are interested?
These are very powerful tools, and if used incorrectly can render a system useless.

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A:Recovery console

Moved to XP forum for more exposure and since no malware issues were stated.
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A:recovery console

If you made one, the ERD (Emergency Repair Disk) would do that.

Or you might be able to run SFC from the console. If not, you'll need to use the "Extract" command.

Another option would be to run a "Repair" installation of XP which will fix anything that is missing or corrupt...
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A:Recovery console

As a general policy, Bleeping Computer does not offer advice on how to run ComboFix unless we asked someone to run it or if there is a problem with the computer caused by running the tool. This is because people should not be using ComboFix without being advised to do so by a trained expert (i.e. Malware Response Team) who is assisting a member deal a malware issue on that system. When issues arise due to complex malware infections, possible false detections, problems running ComboFix or with other security tools causing conflicts, experts are usually aware of them and can advise what should or should not be done while providing individual assistance. When false detections are identified, experts have access to the developer and can report them so he can investigate, confirm and make corrections. Those attempting to use ComboFix on their own do not have such information and are at risk when running the tool in an unsupervised environment. Further, using ComboFix is only one part of the disinfection process. Preliminary scans from other tools like DDS, RSIT and GMER should be used first because they provide comprehensive logs with specific details about files, folders and registry keys which may have been modified by malware infection. Analysis of those logs allows planning an strategy for effective disinfection and a determination if using ComboFix is necessary. Please read the pinned topic ComboFix usage, Questions, Help? - Look here. If you ran ComboFix just to see what it does or finds, also be aware that ComboFix was never meant to be used as a general purpose malware scanner like SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware which scan individual drives or different folders on a computer for viruses.With that said, what specific issues are you having that requires continued use of ComboFix?
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A:No recovery console - Win XP;en-us;307654

is that any help ??
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a thank you in advance for anyone offering their advice.
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A:recovery console help

Hello arrrnold

Configure your PC to boot from CD if it isn't already set up that way. (You may need to enter the BIOS to configure the PC to boot from the CD.)

Start your PC with the XP Setup CD in the drive. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD..." prompt, do so and let the CD-based boot process begin.

When the Recovery Console option is offered (Press R to start the Recovery Console), do so. You may be asked which Windows installation to enter, in which case type the number of the Windows installation you wish to work on (usually 1).

When prompted, enter the Administrator's password for that Windows installation. If you did not set a password just press ENTER

At the command prompt, type

expand d:\i386\oleaut32.dl_ c:\windows\system32
(where d: is the drive of your CD-ROM)

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A:Recovery Console

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A:Recovery Console

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A:XP recovery console can't see anything!

Welcome to TSF....

To recover the important data you can use this procedure:

Emergency Backup Procedure from TSF
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thank you.

A:recovery console

It means the startup menu, where you would select what OS you want to boot from, that is if you've installed the recovery console correctly..
If you goto my computer properties, Click on advanced tab, and click on startup and recovery settings.
In here you can see the 'startup list' and the time that they will be displayed for, you can change what to boot off by default etc, but be careful, as changing the wrong things could render you an unbootable PC!!
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A:Using Recovery Console

heres a list off comands you can use in the recovery consol.;EN-US;314058

try again and right down the exact error

there may be a few comands in the recovery consol you could try
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A:Recovery console on XP

Log on with another account that has admin rights and change the adminstrator's password
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A:Recovery Console XP

First thing I woul do is to take the drive out and attach it to a working pc to attempt to salvage any data I cherished . . then download and run diagnostics to rule out failure.

Western Digital
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A:recovery console

Whst SP you have on your system and what version of the CD you use....

See this will help or not
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A:XP Recovery Console CD

Please try the following ... On a working computer, create a bootable XP Recovery Console CD.Please download ARCDC from ARCDC.exeFollow the dialog until you see 6 options. Please pick the appropriate selection, for example: Windows Professional SP2 & SP3
( Replace "Windows Professional SP2 & SP3" with the OS required. <<< IMPORTANT)You will be prompted with a Terms of Use by Microsoft: Please accept.You will see a few DOS screens flash by: This is normal.Next you will be able to choose to add extra files: Select the Default Files.The last window will allow you to burn the disk using BurnCDCC.Burn the .ISO image file to a CD, to make a bootable CD.

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Please advise if you are not seeing C:\Windows listed.
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A:using recovery console

Download [email protected] Kill Disk bootable .ISO image. Extract the file. Burn the .ISO image file to CD with an .ISO burning software such as the one provided within the .zip file. Boot from the CD/DVD and wipe the hard drive on the machine in question.Try reinstalling Windows afterward.Inside the .zip file you should see this:
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Windows XP Professional Setup.

Setup cannot set the required Windows XP configuration information.
This indicates an internal setup error.

Contact your system administrator.

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A:Need help with Recovery Console

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A:is 'recovery console' necessary

What are we talking about? Your question is completely out of context and impossible to understand or answer.
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A:recovery console

There is an alternative which you can use in lieu of the MS XP CD. See details provided by AustrAlien at ARCDC Disk Creation - .

It might be more beneficial if you tried to explain just what problems you have and why you think that the RC will enable you to overcome such.

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A:Recovery Console

Hi mlum !

Here's how to create or obtain the recovery CD's when you have none with the computer :

Note that if you want to restore the computer to factory defaults, you don't need the recovery CD's as long as the recovery partition is ok :
Backup any valuable data first.
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A:Recovery Console?

I have problems of my own similar and I run a chkdsk too , from the recovery console.It didn't start even lol...but let me know that there are one or ..possible more loool unrecoverable "problems" lol...I did another thing, I entered in windows and I scheduled a chkdsk right away AFTER the boot of the pc and after verifying it didn't come up with anything at all

First of all I didn't understant WHY are you checking the disk...What is the MAIN problem you got ?