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I need to repair my windows XP installation and so I have started up the Windows Recovery Console using my XP disc. Once it is up and running it asks me to select the windows installation I want to log on to, (which i do - there is only 1).

It then asks me to "type in the administrator password". This is the problem as i never set up an administrator password. I tried using my screen name password, (which has administrator privilages) but this doesnt appear to work. Is there a default password I should use? Thanks!
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You had to put in an administrator password when you installed it...unless it's unattended...LOL
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Quote:
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You had to put in an administrator password when you installed it...unless it's unattended...LOL
I had only installed XP 2 weeks ago and im pretty sure i never entered an administrator password.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by iceblade008
I had only installed XP 2 weeks ago and im pretty sure i never entered an administrator password.
In that case, reboot with the disk still in, but instead of going to the recovery console, act like you are going to install and it will give you another otption to repair your current instalation from there. You still won't loose any of your files, but with this method you will have to re-activate.
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post #5 of 11
Run the other recovery from the Windows disk then.
Don't choose the "R" Repair unless you know the password...LOL
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chipp
In that case, reboot with the disk still in, but instead of going to the recovery console, act like you are going to install and it will give you another otption to repair your current instalation from there.
(he got me)
It will delete the old system files and write them all over again...after that just go about installing the drivers it's looking for during the re-install and taddow!!!
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post #6 of 11
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Thanks guys - ill try that right now!!

EDIT: ITS WORKING AS I TYPE!!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP GUYZ!!!!
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I'm guessing you already tried to "just press enter" leaving the password blank. I know they make programs to bruteforce your passwords, only problem is, you must be able to get into windows and considering you're using the recovery console, I'm guessing you can't. I'll do some research though, I'll let you know if anything turns up.

**EDIT**

Is your windows XP copy valid? If so, does it say "For distrobution with new PC"? Usually that signals the use of a 1 time activation. If not, you might be able to activate more than once. Forgive me if I'm incorrect, I don't exactly use Genuine Windows XP
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That should help you out until you can find the other bugs (mostly registry keys that are NULL)...and you get to keep all your DATA!!!
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Surprisingly i am actually using a genuine XP and it appears to have worked now that i followed the other method!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by iceblade008
Surprisingly i am actually using a genuine XP and it appears to have worked now that i followed the other method!
OK...now get in the game MAVERICK!!!!
(One of my favorite Top Gun quotes )
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