from the MS KB as it has always worked for others.
If your recovery console is not accepting the Admin Password are you sure you are using the correct passwordv\ (it wants the password for the default ADMINISTRATOR account, not just any old admin account)? If you are sure, here is how to get around the problem:
Essentially it requires the Q308402 hotfix.
If you happen to be using encrypted file system you definitely DO NOT want to use any of the available utilities to change the admin password.
This registry edit causes the Recovery Console not to ask for a password, and works for both XP Home and XP Professional. I would recommend making it if yours is a home system where an unauthorized user getting access to the computer is not a great problem.
1. Start Regedit
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole
Set the DWORD SecurityLevel value to 1
3. Exit Registry and Reboot
This might also be of benefit since many are unaware that XP has built in password recovery IF you plan ahead.
Win XP Pro SP 2
I received the following message:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
I tried to repair with Windows Setup CD (selecting ''r'' for repair, but it will not accept the administrator password.
Is there a way to replace this file,(SYSTEM)?
I do have a 3 month old backup of the entire HD on another HD, but when I installed the backup HD and tried to copy the SYSTEM file to my A drive, the copy failed.
If I reinstall Windows, will I loose all my windows settings and the user accounts(separate from administrator)?