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Recovering MRB

by Newyorkslave / April 11, 2006 10:11 AM PDT

I have loaded Linux on my secondary drive with the boot loader - Grub - loaded on the Master Boot Record. The MBR has an Grub error on it so I would like to fix the MBR - fixmbr by loading Windows XP and go to the rescue mode. I have no problem doing this, my problem starts when I am prompted for a Administrator password. There is not password but when I type nothing I am prompted with a wrong password. Is there a way to set a password in Windows XP? Maybe a recommended password reset tool???


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Local Security Policy
by Darton Fury / April 11, 2006 10:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Recovering MRB

Click start, control panel, performance and maintenance, administrative tools, local security policy, expand local policies node, security options, and scroll down to Recovery Console and R-click Allow Automatic Admin Logon. Make sure it's enabled.

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Recovering MRB
by Newyorkslave / April 11, 2006 11:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Local Security Policy

I probably didn't describe my situation clearly. Here goes...
Since Grub has an error I am not able to boot to Windows or Linux (just get an error message). When I boot to the Windows CD I am able to go into recovery mode to fix the MBR but I can't access when it prompts for the Administrator password. There is not Administrator password so I leave it blank and hit enter and Windows says it's invalid but it shouldn't. Is there anyother way to change the password or to use rescue or recovery mode without the Administrator password?

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Locate a Win 98 (or ME or DOS)...
by Edward ODaniel / April 11, 2006 12:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Recovering MRB

Boot diskette that contains FDISK.exe

Set your BIOS to allow the Floppy to be the First boot device and boot with the floppy diskette.

After booting type FDISK /mbr at the A:> prompt and press the Enter/Return key.

Reboot without the floppy and your boot record should be restored.

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