change admin PW

By spookn
Jul 4, 2006
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  1. I had a bit of trouble this morning, and when I tried to get into the recovery console it wanted a admin PW. Which I don't remember putiing one in. ( I almost always use the same one, for this very reason. or if possible, use none)
    How do I go about changing it, especially if I don't remember it?
    XP pro SP2 (can't think of anything else that is needed)

    I should add that I can log on as a user with admin rights. I jus couldn't use the recovery console on the XP CD. I may need it in the future, so I want to be able to.

    thanks
    B
  2. Peddant

    Peddant Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,644

    You need to make the following regedit to stop the Recovery Console asking for a password.

    Start | Run | Regedit

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole

    Set the DWORD SecurityLevel value to 1

    Exit Registry and Reboot
  3. spookn

    spookn Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    thanks for the info.
    i have to boot into the xp partition to make the change.
    If at all possible to explain, so I dont make same mistake twice, why was it asking for a PW? That has never happened before. I usually try to not set a PW, or if I do, I use the same one. It would't let me use any of the possible PW's I could think of. There is an outside chance that for some reason I can't think of, I used a new PW. Its just not likly.
    So at what point in the setup//install, did xp ask for it? I am positive I didn't change anything after that, and Its a new install.
    thanks
    B
  4. Peddant

    Peddant Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,644

    I don`t know the answer to that.It can happen if XP was loaded from a Sysprep image,
    or if the Console thinks the Administrator account has changed in some way.
    Why it does it ? Probably security reasons.

    This is Windows.Some things are inexplicable. :)
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