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Administrator password question

by one_raging_star / July 16, 2005 6:48 AM PDT

I need to repair Windows XP on my computer (I have a Compaq Presario 2200 Notebook, if that helps), but in order to do that it asks for my administrator password. I never set an administrator password and have no idea what it would be. Does anybody know if there's a password that it just comes with, or if there's any way I can get around it without losing all my files? Windows won't start at all, so it's too late to back up my files.

If this helps at all, the problem with Windows is that I get a blue screen that says something about memory dumping, and then it goes to a black screen that gives me a bunch of options of Windows configurations I can use (safe mode, regular, the one I used last time it worked); I've tried all of them and none of them work. There's instructions for repair that came with my computer, but what actually happens when I try to repair it doesn't match up with what the instructions say should happen.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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Administrator password question
by pip22 / July 16, 2005 7:37 AM PDT

Windows always asks for admin account password even when there isn't one -- just leave blank and press OK or whatever and it should let you in.

You can only get into the repair console by booting from a 'proper' microsoft windows xp cd. If you only have a manufacturer's 'recovery' disc you can't get into the repair console, you can only re-install Windows to reset the PC to 'as new', but you'll lose all your own stuff saved on C drive unless you keep copies elsewhere.

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I agree...
by John.Wilkinson / July 16, 2005 1:00 PM PDT

If you didn't enter an administrator password (something you should always do to prevent unauthorized access), just leave it blank and press enter.

For detailed instructions on how to perform a repair option on Windows XP, I recommend Microsoft MVP Michael Stevens' article. However, like Pip22 said, you must have a Retail or OEM Windows XP CD, not a Recovery disk (standard from your PC's manufacturer), to perform the option.

Hope this helps,
John

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another question
by one_raging_star / July 17, 2005 4:43 AM PDT

OK, I did that and I got a C: prompt. any idea what I should do next?

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if u would like to do repair install
by gopinath_sastra / July 16, 2005 5:37 PM PDT

you need to press r at the third screen to do this
if you press r in the first screen of setup you wll enter recovery console
so press enter in the first screen
in the second screen press f8 to accept the license agreement
in the third screen press
note:you will loose all windows updates,system restore points and there is a minimal chance of loosing the contents of my documents folder
if you are really concerned about data
try a parallel install
also some OEM cd's will not give the option for repair install
btw wats the blue screen that u get
please tell the technical information abt the stop error
to emanble automatic logon to recovery console this link will help but to do this u have to boot to the desktop first
so at this point parallel install or repair install is the option
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;312149
additionally one more way to enable automatic logon(if it is fat32) isto boot through 98 boot floopies
and rename the system file in c:\windows\system32\config folder to system.old
then entering recvery console and then once you are done with rename system.old to system

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