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INVALID Administrator Password

by Joeleen / August 25, 2004 9:03 PM PDT

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!

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Re: INVALID Administrator Password
by Cursorcowboy / August 25, 2004 10:01 PM PDT

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?"

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Re: INVALID Administrator Password
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2004 10:14 PM PDT

Hint: Use a Windows 2000 CD's Recovery Console to edit the registry again.

http://ms-bs.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=542

Truly an expert method. As such I won't do much more than note the workaround.

Bob

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Wow, Bob! Ar you feeling okay?
by LarryD / August 25, 2004 10:17 PM PDT

What's next, Kazaa tips?

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Re: Wow, Bob! Ar you feeling okay?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2004 10:56 PM PDT

Some expect step by step. I only other direction. As such, I note how much support a person may expect from me about such a solution.

As to Kazaa, I think the Feds are working that issue for me.

Bob

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Re: INVALID Administrator Password
by Edward ODaniel / August 26, 2004 7:39 AM PDT
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Joeleen, Maybe I Missed It, But....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 26, 2004 10:31 AM PDT

...can you boot to "Safe Mode" or into Normal Windows? If so, and IF you have a log on with administrator priviledges, you should be able to change the "Administrator" password. Boot to Safe Mode or normal Windows, click on Start-Run, type "CONTROL Userpasswords2", click OK,, highlight the "Adminstrator" listing, then click on the "Reset Password" button and create a new password.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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