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[SOLVED] admin password for recovery console

Q: [SOLVED] admin password for recovery console

I was trying to get into the recovery console on the XP install CD and it asked me for the admin password. I don't recall setting a password while installing XP but if I did I know for certain what I used. But that one does not work.

I then booted normally and made sure that my administrator logon password was the same as the one I would have used while installing XP.

Then I tried again to get into the recovery console and again it does not recognize my password.

Is there a default password for XP home that is used if one does not set a password?

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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I did a clean install of XP pro and am the sole user with a user account password. Upon installing the recovery console it asks me for the administrator's password. When I enter my user account password it, it says it is the wrong password. I'm I to assume that the password that I'm entering on boot up is not the same as the 'administrator password for the recovery console? What am I doing wrong? How do I put a administrator password in so I can get into the recovery console?? Any help is appreciated. Please reply to:
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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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I _need_ to format my WinXP machine, so I boot from the XP CD, and go to the recovery console-- but it asks for an administrator password. I'm the admin my on XP install, but I never set a password for anything, at all.

How can I reset it? Get around it? Anything?

A:Admin password when booting to recovery console.

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When trying to boot into safe mode, the machine stops while trying to load agp440.sys

I want to disable the loading of this file in the recovery console, following these instructions:;en-us;324764

Now I am asked for an administrator password. As far as I know, there is no admin password on this machine, but just hitting ENTER does not do the trick.

How do I bypass the password?

A:Login Recovery console without Admin password

Check your PM.

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I recently ran a System Repair on my XP Console and it booted up to an lsass.exe error sO i went straight to the Reocvery Console;. but now it asks for an Adminstrator Password, which i never set. I can't get into regedit and i've tried all the obvious passwords. Any help? I had this situation earlier but when the lsass.exe error popped up, I could hit F10 for cmd to start regedit during the system repair. Now it freezes on a black screen at high res beFORE the system repair blue screen.

A:Windows Recovery Console Admin Password?

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hi, i am the only user on my Laptop (administrator) i have run Recovery console, when it says 'type the administrator password' i type in the password i use every day. it says 'The password is not valid'?

does anyone know why this is?

ps. i have no system password (before windows login screen)

A:Recovery Console Admin Password 'Not Valid'?

Have you tried hitting enter without using a password ?

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Help!  I have a vintage IBM R51 laptop running XPSP3.  Yesterday I updated Mozilla Firefox to the latest version and things went to hell.  The update took a couple of hours, which was my first sign thing were going sideways. Normal boot process takes forever, with continuous disk accesses.  I can barely get the systme manager window open.I can safe boot, but cannot run AVG to see if there is a virus.  AVG reports an error and closes.  This is the paid for AVG, not the free version. If I try to start the XP Recovery Console, it asks if I want to start Windows on drve C:, but then prompts for an Administrator password.I NEVER set up an administrator password. I am not even sure this problem is a virus, but I am sure I need help (PLEASE!) I was able to run FRST (from BartPE) and here are the results: Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x86) Version: 30-06-2013 03Ran by SYSTEM on 30-06-2013 18:54:31Running from D:\BleepingComuterMicrosoft Windows XP (X86) OS Language:Internet Explorer Version 8Boot Mode: RecoveryThe current controlset is ControlSet001ATTENTION!:=====> FRST is updated to run from normal or Safe mode to produce a full FRST.txt log and Addition.txt log.==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================HKLM\...\Run: [SynTPEnh] %ProgramFiles%\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe [1323008 2008-07-04] (Synaptics, Inc.)HKLM\...\Run: [BluetoothAuthenticationAgent] rundll32.exe bthprops.cpl,,Bluetoo... Read more

A:excessive disk accesses, now recovery console wants admin password

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So I boot up Windows (XP Pro SP2) and after the loading screen, I get a black screen. I've googled the problem and can't find a way to fix it without using the recovery console. The problem is, as far as I remember, my Admin password is blank. However, when I press enter at the prompt without typing anything, it says I have the wrong password, so it's probably something else that I don't remember.

What I need is either another way to fix the black screen without recovery console, or a way to find or change the admin password.

I have a separate hard drive I can use as an alternate Windows install, so I can get into the HD of my original install, but can't access the original Windows.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

A:Blank screen on boot, or recovery console without Admin password

Sorry but TSF rules will not let us help bypass security measures of any kind.

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For some reason my wireless internet connection deleted itself :s So i decided to do a system restore back to a previous point. This was successful and the wireless connection was setup again. However the same problem occured. when i attempted to do another system restore, the computer failed to boot. It turns on ok, but with a black screen showing a msg which says "initiating" some process, (sorry i forgot, ill post what it keeps saying when i get back home to the broken pc. )

The real problem i have now is when i went to my boot options, to do somthing like a reinstall, it asked for my admin password. This is normally no problem, but for some reason its not accepting my password, saying its invalid! I'm not sure if some virus has somehow changed my Admin password, because i am positive i am typing in the correct password!

I am locked out of my pc, unable to do any reinstall or anything Is there anyway i can restore my pc without losing the data? Even if i end up having to take it to some kind of pc repair shop, that would be preferable as there are some invaluable photos, documents etc. However i am a bit reluctant to give it over to someone else to repair it as the pc also some of my bank account details on there.

Is there any solution? Thanks in advance

A:Computer wont start up, Cant use recovery console or reinstall because it asks for Admin password

Hi booworthy,

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


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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

A:Solved: Windows xp professsional, Recovery Console, password issue

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Hi all. Sorry if this q has been asked many times before, but I don't know what my admin pwd is when the Recovery Console is activated via the XP CD-ROM. I've tried the admin pwd for my main XP account, leaving it blank, 'adminadmin' as someone suggested. Nothing works.

Can anyone suggest a way to get past of this please? My PC is toasted at the mo, and I need to get some music written fast!!!

Thanks to any suggestions I receive.

A:Recovery Console/Admin pwd.

What ever your password was when you first installed the OS, is the password it is looking for.

Perhaps, it might be easier if you just explained the problem and we may be able to provide you a simpler solution !!!

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I got the "disk boot failure' message upon trying to log onto windows xp. I tried using the original xp installation disk to run the recovery consule however it is asking for an admin password. Well there is no password...... I tried to simply hit 'enter' but it tells me that is the wrong password. I've tried 'default' as well. Well I know there is no password because during the original installation i never set one. I obviuosly can't log into windows and deactivate the security option in the registry so how else am i suppose to rebuild the bootmgr in order to get windows to load again?

A:Solved: Recovery Consule Admin Password

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I have finally gotten into the recovery console! Yay. Now I'm stuck. It's asking for my admin password. I did not set an admin password. I am like 90% sure of it. I tried pressing enter as to leave it blank. Didn't work. So I tried the few passwords that it could have been (I use similar passwords so I can keep track) and they won't work either. Is there anyway to bypass this? I am trying to fix a hal.dll error

A:Recovery Console cannot get past Admin Pass

please read the rules.

Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.Click to expand...

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I am trying to use bootcfg to add my old HD with win2kpro on it to the boot menu. The old HD is installed and I have the recovery console installed. All I need to do is run the commands in recovery console. ...right?


When I go into recovery console for the HD with XP home on it, it asks me to log in as the administrator and asks for a password. What appears to be going on here is, the company that I bought the computer from has installed XP with them as the administrator and set up another account for me as a user. So really I'm locked out of part of my own computer.... which really burns me up.

does this sound correct... or am I all wrong. I'm probably going to call the computer store and ask if they have the password in a file with my name.

Oh and does that sound like what I want to do to set up a dual boot?

A:XP home recovery console /multi boot /admin account

I just sifted through a bunch of help files and found out that the password for recovery console needs to be changed in the %systemroot%/system32 directory using the command prompt.

Can anyone provide more insight into this?

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Simply , I don't have the admin password for this laptop to use the recovery console. Is there a way round this?

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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Hi there,
I am trying to fix my mother's computer as the computer displays THIS when I boot:
Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
I have tried using the microsoft windows help recovering the systems from the recovery console (link How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting) and got to step three but when i tried to do copy c:\windows\tmp\system c:\windows\system32\config\system it tells me that the file could not be copied, and then from then on, i cannot even access the md tmp anymore, it keeps telling me that access is denied. I am at my wit's end here, considering that I have gotten so close to the end of the process only to have it blow up on me like that, even more difficult to fix than the previous problem. Any help will be appreciated! Thanks!


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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My hd crashed a couple weeks ago, not allowing me to start up windows, and my disc drive was out. The WINDOWS/SETUP was missing or something like that. So just now did I have the chance to hook up another disc drive to it. I'm going into the regular Windows XP Setup, then into Recovery Console. It asks me what installation, and lists "1: C:\WINDOWS". Thats the only installation detected, so I push 1. ]

My problem is this: it prompts me: "TYPE THE ADMINISTRATOR PASSWORD". I never set an administrator password I believe. Pushing enter just exits the recovery console. I tried typing administrator and windows, but to no success.

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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I am trying to access the recovery console using my original Xp discs on a Sony Vaio laptop VGN-FS875. It will not allow me to bypass the password request, and my administrator password for windows does not work. I have read in various places that Sony may have set the password at the factory, and I tried some suggestions like "sysrep" & "password" to no avail. The machine will not boot up at all. I can access the BIOS, and the security tab shows that there is no PW set. Any suggestions?

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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I am working on a laptop where the registrive hive is corrupt and I am not able to use the Recovery Console because the Administrator password is not authenticating (SAM is obviously corrupt). I also have been unable to mount the hda1 volume in KNOPIX in read-write mode because the volume will not re-mount after an attempt to change read-write status in an attempt to use this method to copy the latest registry hive files over to the windows/system32/config folder to recover from a corrupt registry hive.

If I could use the Recover Console in Windows XP/Pro then I could take care of fixing the corrupt registry hive but without a valid SAM I don't know how to be able to use the Recovery Console.

Is ther any work-around for this type of problem?

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Recently I restarted my computer and when Windows tried to load eventually a blank screen appeared and then it rebooted on its own. Now, after booting, it gives me options whether to go in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Normal Windows, etc. I have tried all of them but before they finish loading the computer reboots. So I put in my Setup CD and went into the Recovery Console and it prompted me for my Administrative Password. I do not recall ever setting an Administrative Password so I just hit ENTER and it said the password is not valid. What should I do?

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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I have the BSOD with stop 0x0000007E (0xC00001D, 0x80537008, 0xBA4CF3B8, 0xBA4CFOB4). Trying to repair after reading forum on problem but the recovery console will not accept my password. Unit is a Dell Vostro 1510. My daughters computer so I do not know what started the problem.

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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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

A:Xp recovery console password issue

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XP Pro SP3.I have Recovery Console installed as a boot option and have a bootable RC CD.I am perplexed by folks that try to use RC and seem to get stuck being asked to enter an Administrator password.I put an Administrator password on my system and a password on my regular account and know I need to enter them to get logged in on a regular boot. It all works as expected. I also have my regular account to log in automatically but know my password is still there.When I boot RC using any method. either the XP installation CD, the installed RC or my bootable RC CD, I never get asked for an Administrator password. I never have gotten asked, and I have booted RC a lot.Some people seem to get asked and not know what to do, so of course the advice is just press Enter. Sometimes they say they don't know what the Administrator PW is, but I have never even been prompted.Why do some folks apparently get asked for an Administrator PW in RC and I cannot make my system ask me for an Administrator password in RC even if I try?I want to get asked for a PW in RC just for the experience of seeing it.What am I missing?

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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I need to get into the recovery console on a PC at work running Windows XP, using the XP boot disks. But I get to the point where it asks for the administrator password and am stuck! I've tried just pressing "enter" because there is no administrator password set up (I asked the person who set it up), and that doesn't work.

What happened was I screwed up when I was editing the registry to fix the UserInit registry value because of spyware (wsaupdater.exe). Anyhow, I typed the "%" character where the "\" character should have been. And from searching different help forums I have found the solution to fix this but cannot get into the recovery console because it keeps giving me an "invalid password" message.

I REALLY NEED TO FIX THIS FAST! As I said it's a computer I use at work, and others also use it too. SO, PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!

A:Recovery Console INVALID Administrator Password

Anyone, Help?!! I Was Hoping Someone Would Answer......

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I need to get into the recovery console on a PC at work running Windows XP, using the XP boot disks. But I get to the point where it asks for the administrator password and am stuck! I've tried just pressing "enter" because there is no administrator password set up (I asked the person who set it up), and that doesn't work.

What happened was I screwed up when I was editing the registry to fix the UserInit registry value because of spyware (wsaupdater.exe). Anyhow, I typed the "%" character where the "\" character should have been. And from searching different help forums I have found the solution to fix this but cannot get into the recovery console because it keeps giving me an "invalid password" message.

I REALLY NEED TO FIX THIS FAST! As I said it's a computer I use at work, and others also use it too. SO, PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!

A:Recovery Console INVALID Administrator Password

Anyone, Help?!! I Was Hoping Someone Would Answer......

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Hi, my mother has a 3 year old XP Professional computer that she's having some serious issues with. It's a Gateway that came with XP Pro installed. After a recent Windows update (set to automatically download), I restarted after being prompted to, and haven't been able to start Windows since. I get the following error message: Windows could not start because the following file is missingor corrupt:<Windows root>/system32/hal.dll.Please re-install a copy of the above file.(note: there is a split-second mention of the BOOT.INI file just before the previous message is displayed. It's not on the screen long enough for me to read it all though)Now, I spent a lot of time searching the Internet for this error and I found many indications that this is likely tied to IE8, and that uninstalling IE8 might help for the time being. Every discussion I've found, however, recommends using the Recovery Console tool to fix the current hal.dll problem, so that I can log in and fix the larger issue. I'm unable to access the Recovery Console, though, because I can't get passed the Administrator Password prompt. I've been using a Dell XP disc, since she can't find her Gateway disc. I'm still able to boot from the CD and get to the Recovery Console option. I've tried the two administrator passwords used on the computer (one for myself and another for my mother's account) and I've also simply hit Enter without entering anything, but nothing w... Read more

A:Missing HAL.DLL & Recovery Console password problem down to Hal.dll Is Missing comments by Alex Nichol.Another approach: guidance:

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Is there anyway to bypass the administrator password in the Recovery Console?

I Have a PC which installed Service Pack 3 recently and is now continuously rebooting...

Here's how it all started:

At first, I logged on as an admin to go to the microsoft wbesite and download Genuine Windows Advantage Tool, then download Windows Service Pack 3. No problems there. Then, my colleague logged off and logged on to her account to do her work.

After some time, I went back to check on the installation progress of the Service Pack 3, I logged off my colleague's account, and logged on back to admin. As soon as I hit enter after keying in the password, the comp suddenly rebooted.

Now the first message I see is the light blue screen which says: Windows did not shut down properly, disk check will perform in 10, 9, 8 ...
I cancelled that disk check by pressing the spacebar. And then still in the same screen, a line came out which read: Setup not complete/was interrupted, resetting configurations.......

After that was done, The black screen with the windows logo in the middle appeared and it started loading normally, then the pc rebooted.

The light blue screen appears for a brief time with the message: AUTOCHK not found - skipping autocheck. Then there is a flash of Blue Screen Of Death before rebooting.

Since then that always happens when I start up the PC: light blue screen, black screen with windows logo, AUTOCHK not found, BSOD, reboot.

Right now, after look... Read more

A:Bypassing administrator password in the Recovery Console?


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

"CTSNKY has just replied to a topic you have subscribed to entitled - Bypassing administrator password in the Recovery Console? - in the Windows XP Support forum of Tech Support Forum."

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Had to run repair recovery console for xp sp3 in which it asked for administrator password. This was not the password to log into windows. This password request came up just after boot form cd. Now I can't even get to windows so I can put in user name and password. How do I clear any Administrator password or by pass it. I get error message after windows xp screen with bass.exe in top left and it says something about seeing this screen verifies that the correct password format is not correct. Any Ideas? Never seen this before.

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.



Users may not post hacks, cracks, or give instruction how to pirate any type of software, or anything similar, in any forum of TSF. We do not condone, support or give instruction on any illegal activity pertaining to computer systems, computer hardware, computer software programs or computer related activities. Included in this group of activities are requests for help to circumvent system admin passwords or Administrator settings on networks. We do understand that the majority of requests may be legitimate, but we do not have the means to discern these from non-legitimate requests.

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Hello all,

I own a Compaq Pressario Laptop, which recently crashed, and will not start windows XP. The error message reads that HAL.DLL is missing.
I read a few things about this problem and followed the steps to enter the Recovery Console. I am unable to view the Recovery Console though as i am asked to enter the Administrator Password. I have tried everythign that i can think off (blank, Admin, Compaq etc) but nothing works. I have also tried to setup the BIOS administrator password but (as i found out latter) these two are not related (and it didnt work anyways).

I contacted HP and the only advice they gave me is to format the hard drive and re-install XP. I would like to try to recover data from my hard drive though!! (and yes, i know that i should have a back up ).

I noticed also that microsoft offers a solution for this problem: they suggest to download in 6 floppy discs some start up information that would apparently correct the password issue. I did not try this yet, but i am just trying to figure out if someone had this problem before and if its possible to correct without formating the drive.

Also, there are some parallel installs that i could make that would correct the problem. Can anyone advise on the easyest and most efficient of those?

And a final question (i hope i dont have to go there): can i remove the hard drive, and connect to a different PC in order to recover information? (warranty expired anyways).

sorry for the long post, and thanks for read... Read more

A:Windows XP (missing HAL.DLL) Recovery Console Andimistrator Password.

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hi. my computer has giving me a msg indicating a corrupted hive. i need to get into the recovery console from my xp disk and i forgot the admin password. is there a way that i can override this???

A:Need 2 login 2 Recovery Console, but 4got administrator password. How 2 override this

You could check out this link

Be sure to read the FAQ.

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I have XP Pro with all updates lately it has problems starting and often it has the Title bar at the bottom blacked out so I have to try to start by pressing reset but it's still a problem.


(1) Using the SFC /scannow program to check files and locations - Hasn't improved situation.

(2) Have tried booting from Windows XP Pro CD - Press any key > F2 > Windows Set-up > Loads files > Start Windows.

(3) Repair Windows > Press R > Tries to Log-on and asks for Admin Password.

I don't recall ever using/designating an Admin Password...Is it likely to be a generic Password?? - I've tried 'Admin' and a couple of other Passwords that I regularly use but NO-GO.

So now I'm here asking...Begging if you like for some help:-(

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

A:Win XP pro recovery admin password??

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Hi folks,

I have a problem that i can't log in my computer because i don't remember the password. What kind of software can recovery my password ? i have try some bootable software but it seem can't find MS SAM database, i believe since last update from MS i have installed syskey in to it( i may wrong), but anyway, how do i log in to my computer without format the C drive ? thanks.

A:How do i recovery my admin password from XP ?

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Hello All, I would like to know how can i remove my BIOS Administrator password, as far as i know i have never saved a password for BIOS ADMIN, but whenever i try to go to bios admin it asks for password that i do not know now. I need to make some changes, so how do i access bios setup now. when i enter 3 wrong passwords, it gives error system disabled and a number written below 66276313(somthing like that) Can anyone please guide me? have tried ho bios flash as well. Thanks in advance experts. Regards,Yousaf

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A:BIOS Admin password recovery.

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I am trying to do a windows xp repair installation and it is asking for an administrator password. The person who owns the computer and who set it up said she never had a password.

Is there a way around this?

I can not get to a dos prompt. If I try to boot off the hard drive I get NTLDR missing. If I boot from the OS cd I get sent to the installation & setup routine.

She has not backed up her data so I don't want to risk losing it. Suggestions?

A tech replaced her motherboard recently, she was able to use it for a few days before it started powering down again. Dell sent a replacement fan and I replaced it. She had been getting the NTLDR message before bringing the machine to me, so it's not something I caused. It also isn't likely the other repair tech didn't connect something because it worked for her for a few days after he was in there. (It's a laptop so I'm not eager to rip it apart if I don't have to).

Thanks for suggestions.

A:XP Recovery Admin Password Help Needed

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i need some assistance on how to get into the only admin account cause the password has been forgotten. I'm using windows vista home premium and its an Acer laptop

A:lost admin password recovery

Welcome Sinnerboy,

Sorry, but the news is not good. Here is a summary of what you can try.

If security were not good, the password would be meaningless. This is what I found.

Forgot Password - I Forgot My Windows Vista Password - Is There A Way To Find My Lost Password

We have this possible remedy from our tutorial selection. Try method 3
Reset User Account Password

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I got a new computer and made an admin account and a standard one.
I forgot the password to the admin account and need a way to reset or recover it.
The standard account is still accessible and it's limited features are still functional.
If you have any idea how to rectify this, please tell me how.
Thank you

A:Admin Password reset/recovery

Sorry but the Terms of Service at BC do not allow discussion of such topics.

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i have a friend using win2000 pro who can't access the default admin account, and there are no other admin accounts on the comp.
another friend she was told the following to delete the default password, i'm just checking this info is accurate, thanks.

"Did you keep your root partition/drive as a FAT32/16 area? If you did the solution is easy. Get any Windows9x boot disk and boot up to it, then CD to X:\WINNT\system32\config and delete SAM (no extension), SAM.SAV, and SAM.LOG. The SAM without an extension is actually an exe file. Those three files control the usernames and passwords. Delete them, reboot, and there will be NO admin password to worry about. Recreate users as before and this time keep the admin password"

A:default admin password recovery

Try just pressing Enter when prompted for the password. If no password has been set you will (or should) be set to go.

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Howdy guys and gals! Looking to recieve your help once again. My problem is I want to do a Recovery Counsal for my girlfriends computer but it asks for an administrator password when there was never one in the first place. Is there a symbol i need to use to represent no password as a command? I tried to just press enter without putting anything in it and it keeps bringing up C:\>

Thanks a bunch!

A:Recovery Consul..asks for Admin Password but never had one


After pressing <ENTER> you should get to the C:\ (type command here)

What command are you trying to run? What problems are you having?

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Hello, I am running WinXP(SP2)
I have accidentally locked my admind password using "net user" commands in command prompt. problem is I'm not sure what i changed it to.

I only have Guest Priveleges on my PC.
I deleted my other admin account, so my only admin account is locked.

I read somewhere about burning a boot disk (to reset the admin account password), but I'm looking for a different alternative. Does anyone got any help?

That might be my only option, but I hope not.

A:Admin Account Locked\Password Recovery

Welcome to TSG....
Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.
Tech Support Guy Site Rules

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Hi i need a help to recover my password for admin account could you please help me

A:I forgot my admin password for system recovery

Hi, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. Please, read this topic to find the answer of your question >>

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If you know much about recovery disc, I think you will know recovery disc is the best choice for Windows 7 admin password reset besides another administrator. The recovery disc includes password reset disk and system recovery disc. Password reset disk is easy to create before Windows 7 locked. While if you want to create password reset disk after you couldn?t log on to Windows 7, you have to ask for help from third-party software. For example, Windows Password Genius is conceivable option. System recovery disc can be instead of installation disc, if you have back up your Windows 7 Home Premium. But if you have not done that, it doesn?t matter. System recovery disc also could be created after you are unable to boot your Windows 7, as long as you find a computer with same Windows operational system. You have to create system recovery disc on it. For example, 64-bit System Repair Disc can only be created on a 64-bit Windows 7. You can check the properties about computer through Control Panel ? System and Security ? System, or right click the Computer and choose Properties. Now let?s see how recovery disc reset Windows 7 Home Premium admin password.1. Password reset disk reset Windows 7 admin password2. System recovery disc reset Windows 7 admin password 1. Password Reset Disk Reset Windows 7 Admin Password There are two cases you should consider, because password reset disk comes from two ways and is created in two periods. So when you use pass... Read more

A:How to Recover Windows 7 Admin Password with Recovery Disc

Thanks for this article, it is informative and I also find out the other ways to recover Windows 7 admin password with recovery disc instantly. It is to make use of the sade mofe, admin account,  password prompt and so on.  In that topic we can know the SmartKey Windows Password Recovery is also a good tool for us. It is really another smart Windows 7 password key and it also supports Windows 8.1, 8,XP and Vista. You can't miss it.

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A:hp 2000 notebook admin or power on password recovery [ New ]

@cris-sdive Enter   75784238 Regards, DP-K

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After enter 3 times I received the following code: 62859715

A:hp 2000 notebook admin or power on password recovery

@Zane1? Enter    73731331 Regards, DP-K

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my halt code is 92524127.  i was wondering if anyone could help with this 

View Solution.

A:hp 2000 notebook admin or power on password recovery

@dparks06? Enter   23482109

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It seems to me that XP's recovery console is somewhat better than the one that comes with Vista or 7, unless someone can point me in the right direction for finding further documentation on this topic.

The main difference is the lack of ability to tinker with services (LISTSVC / ENABLE / DISABLE commands). A missed opportunity is the lack of registry tweaking, considering that REGEDIT can be run, but I think it only allows you to look at the registry for the recovery console rather than the main Windows installation, which doesn't help much (though I haven't tried to import/mount the registry file from the main Windows installation).


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.

See for info: New Features of Windows PE 3.0 - Windows 7 Tutorial

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As per instructions I found from ELVANDIL, I burned a CD from the rc.iso and went through the copy & delete steps. When I got to the command 'copy C:\windows\repair\system' I recieved a message that said it could not find the file. Is my CD not good?? or what! I was trying to recover WinXP Home.

A:Solved: Recovery Console ISO

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Windows XP (Professional, I think) blue-screened after a power failure (new battery backup failed as well), and went into a message about "Load needed DLLs for kernel," and the OS wouldn't start. I got to Recovery Console with the Windows CD, followed some instructions, thought it might be working again, exited RC, and was told that hal.dll was missing. Now I can't get back to recovery console. About an hour ago, the process got as far as, "Which windows installation would you like to log onto? (To cancel, press ENTER)." The only option was 1: C:\WINDOWS.

I typed 1 and pressed ENTER, and nothing has happened yet.

Somewhere in the process, chkdsk identified some problems, but I didn't know about chkdsk /r at that time. I'd like to try running that this time, if I can get Recovery Console to start!

If it were my computer, I would have wiped the drive already, but my friends have critical data that's time-sensitive as well. (Everything else is backed up, and this data wouldn't have mattered a week from now, but as it is...) Can anybody help, please?

Thank you in advance!

A:Solved: Can't get to Recovery Console

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Does anyone know how to install Windows XP recovery console?

Before I upgraded to SP2 I was able to install by using the command

\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

Since SP2, it says

Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

Any Help?


A:Solved: Recovery Console

How to use and/or install the recovery console:;en-us;307654&FR=1&PA=1&SD=HSCH#2

It was last updated April 25, 2005, so it "should" be up to date and take into account SP2...ahem.


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Is the recovery console in window 7 like and image. Can I install my operating system then all the software that I want on it (like office, Autocad etc...) then install the recovery console and when my computer gets messed up I can use this recovery console to bring my computer back to the state it was when I installed the recovery console? Also can windows 7 build a new partition like partition magic and does this recovery console have to be on a fat partition?


A:Solved: recovery console

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Can someone help me please? I am looking for a place to download and install Recovery Console for win xp sp3. Thank you in advance. I have no recovery disk for this machine at all...

A:[SOLVED] Recovery Console for win xp sp3

Here's the recovery console for XP that you can download and burn to a disc.

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I just wanted to ask this question about Recovery Console . I have my operating system installed on a partition labeled K:, If someone could explain to me why when starting Recovery Console from installation disk (XP) it wants to reference C: ! I have only one installation on my drive O: for now and that installation is XP Pro to the partition above (K. I also have Recovery Console installed to that partition, the rest of the drive is clean,nothing on the drive other than the XP Pro. When starting Recovery Console from the install it will reference K:? Please tell me something other than by design. This is something that I would really like to know why and should it be that way. When running Recovery Console from the disk I did a bootcfg /list. It came back with the operating system I have installed but no drive letter was assignd to it. If ya can please help me understand this or send me in a direction I can come up with something.

A:Solved: Recovery Console ?

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What is the Windows Recovery Console command that can create partitions?

A:Solved: Windows Recovery Console?

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Ok - I'm gonna get real stupid NOW - What does the recovery console look like and how do I get there? I maybe able to help myself with a problem, but I am just unsure as to whether or not I am thinking about the right thing.

A:Solved: Windows Recovery Console

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I have reinstalled xp home 3 times and updated all security and sp updates. My xp computer will crash to a black screen when I am downloading a large file like (Open office) or Opening a large file on computer, Also at other times. I have a 250 GB HD with 220At what point GB free with 3GB ram. I have a slave 250 GB HD With xp home and it acts the same way.I want to use the recovery console to try a repair but can not get past the administrator password.I did not ever set an administration on this computer after reinstalling xp home on both HD's several times each.And I have never set any passwords including the bios password option.I have tried My computer name---,just hitting enter with out any password,Using Password,- using administration and administrator. There was not an option to set adminstrator password during the reinstall of xp.My oem xp cd is in good shape, No scratches and clean.At what point in the reinstall is an adminstration password set? Any ideas? Thanks.

A:Solved: can't get into recovery console with xp home.

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I recently upgraded my windows XP computer to Windows 7 and the Windows XP Recovery Console appears on the boot manager when the machine is starting up and I was just wondering how to delete the Windows XP Recovery Console from the boot manager.


A:[SOLVED] Windows XP Recovery Console

Hi see if this can help How to remove Windows Recovery Console

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Edit:...trying to figure out what my optical drive's letter is now...

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Hi Guys (& gals)!

I tried to remove a virus several days ago and I messed up my registery. (I made a backup, but don't get me started on that issue).

I rebooted, and instead of coming up directly to my desktop, it came up with the log-in screen for the Administrator and me. I selected me, and it came up in safe-mode with the cmd shell.

Ok, this is important... I went into msconfig, and safe-mode was NOT selected.

So thinking that I needed to do a repair, I inserted my original XP disc and booted into the recovery console. First, I did the normal stuff, like chkdsk and so forth. I also looked at my boot.ini. Everything appeared normal.

So I rebooted, same problem.

Went back into the recovery console and did a repair. Everything went along smoothly and guess what! After the first reboot, it gave me the infamous "You are in Safe Mode... you can't do what you are doing in safe mode... you are a bad person and you need to be punished". (Obviously, I'm paraphrasing here).

And I'm in the endless reboot cycle.

So, I've tried everything (almost) and I would prefer not to do a full re-install. I tried using bootcfg, but this didn't help any since it doesn't say "safe-mode". (Although I did go through the motions). I also deleted my boot.ini and it gave me an error message (no boot.ini, or whatever), and still got stuck in the endless reboot cycle.

I also did a fixboot, which didn't help either. And I attempted to ... Read more

A:Solved: XP problem using Recovery Console...

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well it was working just fine a min ago after flavalle helped me with the lan driver issue, windows was updating and almost done, after it finished i decided to up the virtual memory on the paging file size to its max recommended allocation, then i restarted the computer. when it shut down and turned back on i went into the bios to clock the processor back down to its origional clock to see if that would help the computer run smoother then it has been becuase prior to the updates and everything ive just mentioned, it was a little sluggish. upon boot up it says some things so fast that theres no possible way to read it unless i had a high speed frame camera, it boots into recovery console and asks me which windows installation i would like to log into, so i choose c windows and it asks me for the admin password. i have not set one so i just hit enter and it tells me i am wrong, wtf? its a new installation and i did not set a password. is this just a vista thing becuase ive never had it auto set a password for me on xp. where did i go wrong?

A:Solved: boots to recovery console

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Hi !
My problem is this:
I have a slipstreamed XP Pro CD with sp2, but it doesn't have the recovery console as an option when booted from ?
Instead it goes directly to setup.
Now, from what i understand, this CD lacks the recovery console files also.
(It's about 7 mb worth of files)
Now, i have a recovery console XP home standalone version, it's a 7 mb
iso that only contains the recovery console and it works fine to access
XP Pro installations with.
Now, i was wondering, how do i incorporate this with my sp2 CD?
What i want to know is which file is it that i have to edit to "add" this
functionality ?
I tried to inject the RC files (without replacing anything) but then the CD asks me to insert the XP Home CD when booted from ?
The reason i'm doing this is because i wanna be able to copy the right
files if the need ever occurs.

Also, i have tried to simply copy the i386 folder from my Pro CD to the
RC stand alone, and yes, that works, but i wanna incorporate it directly to the sp2 CD if possible.
Many thanks for your suggestions.

A:Solved: Recovery console question

I found the answer elsewhere.
The reason my sp2 CD went directly to setup was because there's an unattended
switch in the winnt.sif file.
I simply deleted it and now my CD gives me all the options when booted from.

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Hey guys I have a Lifebook, with no CD-rom drive and I need to disable Mup.sys so I can get it to boot up. I have a floppy to start to MS-DOS prompt. Can I get to the Recovery Console from there?

A:Solved: Get to Recovery Console from DOS prompt


You can boot the six XP floppies and get to the recovery console.

I'd take the hard disk out and connect it to a desktop temporarly to fix it.

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hi guys.

I got a big one here, i think. Ok I have a laptop.

Hp Compact 6530b, loaded with windows Xp pro.

Last thing done to it?
Was networking it up at home, and having trouble when I noticed that I could change it from Dc to a workgroup, (to see if this could help), I tried it. So of course I lost my user account.

I freaked here!!! after an hour of freaking out (Need my e-mail back) i thought of restore!!

So I restored it to 3 days ago. booted, all was back as it should. Ya!! I thought. the next day I saw that the battary was drained so I pluged her in, booted...

BSOD "stop 00007b"

rebooted hit f8 last known good= bsod
safe mode= bsod
safe+ command prompts = bsod
vga mode= bsod.
all options =bsod

I got a windows xp cd booted it. It loaded the files but at "starting windows" =bsod.

I now am in a total panic!!!

What can I try now??!!

thank you.

A:[SOLVED] recovery console will not load

Try these in the following order ...

In BIOS, change hard drive mode from AHCI to ATA/IDE ...

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I was wondering why when trying to install Recovery Console on a system that the command window opens after typing the correct commands ( d:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons ) in run to install recovery console that the command window opens real fast and you can see some files loading but then the command windows closes almost as soon as it opens ? Any way to slow this down or atleast keep it open ?

A:Solved: Recovery Console Install

Just type cmd in Run first to open a command window. then type the next command

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I did the stupid thing of changing the start up in my system options to recovery console.... Now as soon as I turn on my computer it starts the console - which I don't know how to get out of. I don't know how to get into windows again....Help! I am using Windows XP

A:Solved: Starts in Recovery Console

Thats a DOS prompt so "exit" works I think, "help" will give you extra commands

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Edit. Okay, I figured it out.


I'm trying to solve this problem I have with my main computer, I won't be getting more into the problem itself since I already have found a solution to it. However, the solution requires me to go to Windows Recovery Console, where I am at the moment. Though there's one step that I don't get;

a. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.
b. Restart the computer from the CD-ROM drive.
c. Press R to start the Recovery Console when the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears.
d. Select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
e. Enter the administrator password and press Enter.
f. Run the command "DISABLE pe386".
g. Type exit
h. Press Enter. The computer will now restart automatically.

Step d (bolded), what am I suppose to write in. I don't get what they mean with 'installaton that you want to access'.

If someone knows, I'd appreciate the help.

A:[SOLVED] Winows recovery console help!

Step D: 1. Windows is usually the only installation (unless you have a dual boot). Type 1. hit enter

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I am trying to fix the Microsoft update KB977165 linked to BSOD on some machines problem, but running into problem with the RC.

I am using the ISO file provided on this site. When the cd boots, it doesnt ask for an ADMIN password. It just has 3 options(set up xp, repair, or quit setup w/o installing). I clicked R and it brought me to the RC with "C:\>" instead of "C:\WINDOWS". I tried some of the commands for the fix and got these error messages:

C:\>CHDIR $NtUninstallKB977165$\spuninst

C:\>CD $NtUninstallKB977165$\spuninst

C:\>CD $NtUninstallKB977165 $\spuninst
i typed "help chdir" and this is what i got....

The CHDIR command treat spaces as delimiters. Use quotation marks around a directory name containing spaces.

i got frustrated this morning and was just going to reinstall xp but that doesnt even work with this iso file..i get the error message "setup cant find the END USER LICENSING AGREEEMNT(EULA).

any help would be appreciated..but it sounds like Im SOL and need to get a real xp installion cd

A:Solved: XP Recovery Console issues

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BSOD code-

STOP: 0x000000ED (0x833CF900, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

But booting from HD or CD hangs forever at 'Setup is starting Windows'.

Can anyone advise?

Many thanks


A:Solved: Can't boot at all to run Recovery Console;en-us;q297185

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Can I change the automatic setting for my Administrator password from the recovery console and if so how?Also how can I switch users from the recovery console?
I am locked in as Administrator and I want go to default and bypass my personal settings to try and get it to boot that way(several previous posts and the same problem).

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Good morning,

I have a Dell Inspiron Laptop computer. I bought it used a couple of years ago. It worked fine until yesterday when the laptop froze and I performed a hard shut down. When I tried to restart it, I cannot get passped the Windows XP banner. The screen is just dark after that. I tried using the F12 option and got the 1000 1046 error. I tried researching this on several sites. The best solution appears to be the Windows Recovery Console. I am not sure how to access this. Again, I purchased the computer used. All restoration files on the computer and I cannot get it to boot up. Any suggestions?


A:Solved: Accessing Windows Recovery Console

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I had to install it to clean some malware. And when I try to delete the cmdcons folder in the C:\ drive, it says files are in use or write protected etc. What can I do now? Please help.

A:Solved: Cannot remove System Recovery Console

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OK. Moderators listen up. i dont know if this is the best place to put this thread. i installed linspire linux and it erased my mbr on my xp's harddrive. i have two harddrives. i have a command line grub on my second hardrive but my boot harddrive's mbr used just boot up xp. now it was rewritten by linspire.
my main question is i can still get into winxp by the use of this floppy in which i put the grub bootloader on.
i want to make it so i dont need the floppy but i cant reach the recovery console to fixmbr. I can still boot any os on my computer i just want my mbr back without erasing data (e.g. i will not do a system restore).
so how can i get into recovery console or fixmbr.
ps i booted to dos and did fdisk /mbr and that didnt work.
also i want the mbr on my first harddrive to be fixed. its ok if the one on my second still keeps grub, as i can use that.

A:Solved: Can't Reach Recovery Console to fixmbr

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XP boots up--can get to safe mode menu, if I choose last known good configuration it just keeps restarting....if I choose safe mode, keeps restarting. Seems to hang on windows\system32\drivers\Mup.sys

When I boot to XP cd and go to restore menu--I don't get an option to choose 1 or 2. I only get a c:>promopt.

Any suggestions as to what may be the problem? I did try to fixboot and it never got past 27% --2 days worth of letting it sit. It finally froze at the number.

A:Solved: XP Keeps Restarting-Recovery Console issue

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can anyone give me specific step by step instructions for installing and using the windows recovery console for vista?

A:Solved: How do you use the Windows Recovery Console for Vista?

It is a bit different in Vista from older Windows versions.

Check out the section at the bottom of this:

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Hello all!

A couple days ago I rebooted my Dell Inspiron 1520 running XP and got a blue screen of death with the msg
Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

Okay. I tried following the instructions on Microsoft's site (didn't work) and a few efforts on It appears to me that all my restore point files shown in recovery console using option 3 at that link have 0 bytes....making me think system restore wasn't working correctly.

Anyways, then I noticed I had a both c:\windows and f:\windows in the recovery console prompt and only logging into f:\ asked for the admin password.

So I log into the F drive this time and the Microsoft solution is working! until....I get to the last chunk of commands.

md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\sy... Read more

A:Solved: Stuck in a loop in Recovery Console

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I'm running Windows XP Home SP3 and would like to install the recovery console to my laptops hard drive.

The problem is I have a SP2 disc and when I try to install via

"d:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons"

it complains that I have a newer version of Windows than the one on the CD.

Any ideas?

Kind regards,


A:Solved: How do i install recovery console in XP Home SP3?

You'll have to slipstream sp3 into the Windows XP cd.

Instructions here:

You can download sp3 here:

You can then make a bootable XP sp3 cd.

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Microsoft tells me to insert the Xp/2 install cd, go to Start/Run and type the following command: d:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons. I'm supposed to get a setup dialog box with a Recovery Console option. But all I get is an error message telling me that the system can't find the file. Does anyone know what I may be doing wrong or if there is a workaround for this?

A:Solved: Problem installing Recovery Console

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My niece installed drivers for a Kodak camera on her HP laptop at the weekend. Everything seemed to go fine until she switched the machine on the next day, when it failed during the boot. She's reasonably tech competent so by the time she called me she'd tried all the safe mode options with no luck: it would get up to mup.sys in the boot and then reset.

From her description I worked out that this was probably the issue:

"Easy fix" I thought....

So I got my hands on the machine; she doesn't have any XP discs for it so I booted it from mine and tried to access the Recovery Console. However, it doesn't give me an option to access the installation on the C drive, only "D:\MiniNT", which I think is HP's own recovery partition. If I choose that, I can't access any of the items the Knowledge Base article refers to. The reason it's not accessing C: became more apparent when I let the XP setup disc move to the existing partitions screen - it shows two partitions:

C: Partition1 [Unknown] 50395 MB (50395 MB free)
D: Partition2 (HP_RECOVERY) [NTFS] 6844 MB (6586 MB free

So, it's listing C: as completely blank. But if I try to boot in Safe Mode, it still gets all the way up to mup.sys without a problem, so Windows must all still be there, surely?

Could this be because my disc is XP Pro and, I assume, her install is XP Home?

Is there any other way to access her XP's Recovery... Read more

A:Solved: Recovery Console, agp440.sys and an HP laptop

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Hi all.

Pretty much, the title says it all. I am wondering if Windows 7 has something like the Recovery Console of Win2K/XP, not only from the boot CD, but also if you can install those functions to the hard drive, so it comes up in your boot options?

Thank you in advanced.

A:Solved: Does Windows 7 have something like WinXP's Recovery Console?

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Last night, I ran a VirusScan with McAfee Security Suite (2007, I think) and left the computer to let it run. I came back a few hours later and there was a blue stop error. Being the genius I am, I didn't write it down and simply rebooted the computer. Well, it only will attempt to boot to PXE. I cannot get it to boot to safe mode. As a last resort, I popped in my WinXP disk and was able to boot to the recovery console. Here's the odd thing: If I run chkdsk, it tells me there is nothing wrong with the disk. I tell it to run anyway and it tells me that one 1 more errors were found. I can then restart and it will boot normally. If I shutdown the computer after that, I cannot boot it again! If I go through the recovery console and chkdsk again, it will boot. I did try a system restore to Friday, but the same problem ocurred. I don't think the hard drive is bad (Western DIgital 60 GB.) I believe it is a Windows problem, but I'm not sure what to do next as I have never encountered this. Any ideas?

A:Solved: Windows XP Will not Boot Except to Recovery Console

Update: I think I may have figured it out. I believe the CMOS battery is dead or going dead. I am going to remove and replace it tonight and see if that works.

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I had a sound prob om my main comp - changed the speakers - still bad - installed an old sound card - totally messed up the config/system file. I have tried to access the recovery console from four different CD copies but it STOPS as soon as I click on "r". I cannot even install from scratch - the same STOP pops up.

My system is XP pro pack 3 - SATA Hard drive

Thanks in advance

A:Solved: recovery console - cannot access it even with disk

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I tried to sneak a new mobo under XP's nose.

It booted to desktop, and I got the 'Hardware change/activation' message. I chose 'later', and then I got drivers loaded. It wanted to reboot, and I did.

It failed, and I get to recovery/repair with the install CD, and it asks for Admin password. There is none. I press 'Enter', and it loads the C:\Windows> prompt without any action, not even a blinker.


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Hi there its been a long whiel since of been on these forums, happy 08 to all.

Its funny as last time i asked for help on a stop code 0x24 on my dads pc and its done the same thing today and i cannot remember how i fixed it

it wont read the hard drive and i cant bootup using safe mode or last good config as i still get the stop code.

i use his winxp home disc and it wont let me use the recovery console as it says it cant find a hard disk

it wont let me do the isntall, and then press r for repair option due to it saying no hard drive

so im not sure what to do.

shall i grab a bootcd disk, (ubcd maybe ?) and try that, see if it will let me get into anything

eitehr that or i spose ill have to slave it to mine and run a check onit (if i can) luckily its a maxtor drive and im sure they have disk diagnostics

but naywya, any guidance always appreciated guys (and gals)



A:Solved: 0x24 stopcode, no option for recovery console

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I have an HP laptop "Pavilion za4300 with winxp pro.
(original XP home (disks) - upgraded to pro - from a school who provided the disks, I do not have original disks)

Won't boot up in normal or any safe mode options. (I'm stuck)
In normal mode I get a dialog box with the following message:
Lsass.exe - system error
"An invalid parameter was passed to a service or function" ok to continue...then reboots

In safe mode I get a dialog box with the following message:
Lsass.exe - system error
"When tyying to update a password this return status indicates that the values provided as the current password is incorrect."

I found lots of people with the same issue - specifically this link.

I've tried a lot of things, tried to recover to last known good config - same errors.

The only thing I've been able to do is boot from one on my xp pro cd and get to recovery console. I've followed an MS KB article - showing how to copy start-up files to tmp directory and then copy "original files" to simulate the startup options as originally defined way back when. But I'm still getting this error.

I'd like to try to do a manual restore - from recovery console, I can see C:\system recovery information .. but I can't access it. (hidden system files
I'm thinking if I can change the attributes on this folder then I can get in and manually copy the retore f... Read more

A:Solved: Lsass - rebooting - access only through recovery console

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During my normal boot sequence for an XP Media Center PC the boot will pause for more than 30 seconds asking me to select Windows Media Center Edition or Microsoft Windows Recovery Console. When the Recovery Console was installed , several months ago, the boot sequence would only pause for maybe 1 second and go right into booting XP Media Center. Now it has a 30 second count down and then boots into XP Media Center. 30 seconds seems like an eternity when waiting for a computer to reboot. What changed to make it pause for 30 seconds and how can I change it back to pausing a short 1 second or so?

A:Solved: XP Media Center and Windows Recovery Console

An update might have reset it to default.
Check this on how to edit the boot.ini.
Set the timeout to 5 seconds so the menu stays usable
or whatever you want.

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Hello, everyone!

I have a trouble. The situation is: I had disk C with WinXP and disk F with Vista installed. XP was installed first. Then in some time I had to format disk C and reinstall XP. After that XP began loading without asking me to choose OS. So I did a fatal mistake. In the XP recovery console I executed FIXMBR command with parameter \Device\HardDisk1 (Vista Hard drive)... After my "smart" action XP defines vista hard drive F as unformatted disk with RAW file system.

Please help! Is there any chance to recover Vista?


A:Solved: Executed FIXMBR in XP recovery console. Vista is down

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I need to find out on a PC I have for repair, which version of Windows XP Service Pack is on the PC.

I have no access to either Normal nor Safe Mode (BSOD).

Anyone know a way of finding the version from something like Recovery Console or Linux Boot??

A:Solved: Identify Service Pack Version from Recovery Console

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I had some problems with the sality.aa virus and it corrupted my safe mode. In order to access safe mode i used msconfig- BOOT.INI and checked the checkbox next to /SAFEBOOT. But because of the corruption of my safe mode now computer stuck in a vicious circle ( try to start at safe mode, give a blue screen error and restart again ). So is there any way to prevent safe mode activation at the beginning and start the XP at regular mode by using Recovery console or any other method to stop this cycle, thank you for your advices and sorry for my poor English.

A:Solved: Switch back to regular mode by using Recovery console

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Hi All

I'm trying to fix a Packard Bell iMedia 1539 for my friend. She said that she was browsing the internet one day and the screen suddenly went black, with just a white mouse cursor and some weird blue lines to the right of the screen.

I tried to boot to last known good configuration but it restarted and won't even load to the black screen anymore.

I can't get it to boot at all now. It loads the Packard Bell Recovery Console but then blue screens. It either comes up with:

irql not less or equal 0x000000A



I can't boot from a disc, as it just keeps trying to start the recovery console and then going in circles. I can't get to the screen to start in safe mode or last known configuration.

Any ideas about what it might be. Initially, before i'd looked at it, i thought it might be a faulty hard drive but i'm not so sure now.

Thanks in advance

A:[SOLVED] iMedia 1539 Packard Bell BSOD/Recovery Console

this is usually caused by bad RAM. Download and burn a boot disc of Memtest and boot to that and run the tests with one stick of RAM at a time.

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My first post here, except for introducing myself. My problem is with my son's HP Pavilion a1130n. It is running Windows XP Media Center Edition. Awhile back, he was notified of some important Windows updates and started to install them. During the process, he lost his internet connection and was not able to complete the update. Consequently, when he tried to boot up the next time, the system would not boot. I don't know if there were any error messages displayed at this point, but what happened next is where the problem started. He, (not knowing enough about Windows recovery console), panicked, and after not being able to even boot into 'SafeMode', jumped right into a recovery operation. When he saw that the operation was going to restore to the same state as when he bought it, he panicked again about losing all his family photos and music, and unplugged the machine. Needless to say, the system is now completely unusable. I pulled his hard drive and connected it to mine, and with the help of a free recovery program (Piriform's 'Recuva'), i am able to see and recover all of his data. However, it is a tedious and time consuming process and I am wondering if there is any way to undo the damage he did and get it back to a bootable condition keeping all his data in place. Any help would be greatly appreciatd because he may not have his original restore disks. Thanks, in advance for your consideration.

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

If you have the installation CD you can do a repair installation. This will not affect any of the data or applications.Boot the computer from the XP CD. You may need to change boot order in the BIOS so that the CD-ROM is the first device in the boot order.When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer: To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER. To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R. To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER. You do not want to choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R.Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair isn't one of the option end the installation, this will mean that you will need to do a fresh installation of XP.The repair will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot, the repair installation will continue after the reboot.

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Hoping to avoid a full reinstall of Windows XP, I'd like to try some repair procedures. The problem is, when I launch my "Vaio PCV-RS430G" recovery disc it goes straight to Sony's proprietary recovery interface which provides ONLY the preset option to wipe my 'c' drive and reinstall Windows. According to some MS articles I've read, an XP recovery disc should allow me to access the Windows Recovery Console (by typing "R" at the welcome screen). Can anyone suggest how I can bypass the Sony recovery and get to the Windows Recovery Console?

BTW, I have a "Spotmau PowerSuite 2008" CD. Just mentioning this in case it might be of some use here. Any help would be VERY MUCH appreciated

A:Unmountable Volume - Can't Launch XP Recovery Console Through Recovery Disc

Recovery discs that come with your pc usually only offer the option to reset to factory conditions

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Lol, hey guys i am wondering i there is a easy way to bypass an administrator password. I am asking cause a buddy on an Online FPS game (Combat Arms) got drunk and changed his admin pw and cant do much... his game cant be downloaded and updated so he needs to change or bypass his admin pw... Thanks for the help in the past, present, and future... (yeah i do know i use ellipsis incorrectly)

A:Solved: Admin Password...

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I do have the problem, that a friend of mine (YES, it's really a friend of mine and not myself) *lol*, changed his login/admin password (Win XP) and now can't remember it anymore and therefor is unable to log onto his computer.
I've heard already, that it's possible to still somehow get around it (or so) when having the XP CD ready and during booting the computer but do not excactly know how.

Can anyone help me please?


A:Solved: forgot admin password in XP

Can anyone help me please?Click to expand...

not here, please read the rules:

Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.Click to expand...

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