1. A password must be set for the Administrator if the Recovery Console is run. However, thanks to information at "TheElderGeek" site, steps are provided to edit the system registry that negates the password requirement for accessing the Recovery Console.
2. Can you not "restore?"
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!