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Administrative Password for XP in Recovery Console

By mcfly1021
Jan 17, 2009
  1. My computer crashed this morning.

    It is a Sony Vaio that, when purchased 4 years ago, already had Windows XP Home Edition as its software. When I tried to start up Windows, it had an error message that stated

    "c:\windows\system32\config\system."

    I went through numerous amounts of Windows and other helping computer websites and I eventually replaced some of the damaged system32 files with some from the recovery folder. I did this using the recovery console (pressing R to help recover). I was sent to a 'c:\>' prompt where I did most of the routing.

    After that happened, a new error appeared when I tried to open my computer in Safe Mode. It would load some of the necessary files, and would stop at

    "xxxxxxxxxxxx:windows\system32\drivers\agp440.sys"

    and edger to get this problem fixed, I returned to the recovery console and now it is asking for an administrative password. It did not ask me for this password 3 hours ago when I was working in recovery mode.

    I tried entering no password, but I get an error message that says "invalid password, please re-enter."

    I have been the soul owner of this computer and I have never set an administrative password. Can you please help me get passed this password so I can continue to try to return my computer to it's old status? Thank you so much for any help.
     
  2. nobardin

    nobardin TS Rookie Posts: 256

    I can't say for sure, but a few you could try would be:

    admin

    administrator

    password

    1234

    If none of thoes work then you may need to reinstall windows and start from scratch.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. mcfly1021

    mcfly1021 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks,

    I tried all of those passwords, but none of them worked.

    I have been wanting to reinstall windows, but I have no recovery disc/boot disc.
    Apparently everyone threw theirs away or something...

    Any help on that front?
     
  4. wrapmyride

    wrapmyride TS Rookie

    You can use boot up disk to remove the password. I use Spotmau software and it works. Here is the link:http://www.windowsbootcd.com/
     
  5. brucethetech

    brucethetech TS Enthusiast Posts: 229

    i use ophcrack you can download it from sourceforge.net. Also try using the password you use to log into the computer. (may sound stupid but there is a really nerdy answer why this may work)
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  7. mcfly1021

    mcfly1021 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    A lot of those websites could help if I could somehow get to a command prompt or logged onto the system at all. I cannot do anything about it.

    I am resorting to getting a boot disc. My question is cd050303.zip a reliable XP boot disc? I read some of the links and this seems a reasonable resort to burn this .zip file to a disc so I can do ANYTHING!

    Thanks again for all the help.
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I already posted that above (2nd link)
    Except cd050303.zip came out 2005 (and is old)
    The newest version is cd080802.zip

    So therefore cd050303.zip is not a reliable XP boot disc

    By the way, my first link supplied, with the "Live Boot Disc" is the best option
    I suspect you didn't check, seeming you asked about an old version from somewhere :confused:
     
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