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  • XP Recovery problem! Admin password never set!

    Ive unfortunately succumbed to a nasty virus attack, which has destroyed several system files and can no longer boot into windows. So, I removed the drive and made sure no virus remained by using another PC to detect and have inserted the drive back into my PC.

    After loading the XP CD and selecting "R" it comes to the "Admin Password" question. When I normally used to logon to windows, I simply used to press enter (as no password had been set) and in I went!

    Unfortunately, if I press enter when asked for the admin password in recovery, it simply goes to a C:Windows promt.

    How the hell do I recover a non existant password or am I missing something here?

    Any help much appreciated. I really dont want to do a clean install (though I have removed all the files I need in case!)

    Many thanks

    Les

  • #2
    There's no need to recover the password. If you read the forum sticky there are some tools in the linked article that will help you reset the admin password.
    Andrew

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    • #3
      I did look at the sticky before I posted. I tried the links within those pages (http://www.loginrecovery.com/) but they wont load in any browser I have installed so assume the domain is down perhaps?

      But not even sure from what is written will help. They speak of retrieving the password - yet I have no password to retrieve! Things are also further complicated because I am unable to load the OS (because of the damage caused by the virus),so that further restricts what those descriptions say I can do!

      Are there are other URLs I can try? http://www.loginrecovery.com/ still doesnt load for me. (All I get back is "document contains no data")

      Cheers

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      • #4
        IMO this is the best tool to reset a Windows password. The the other methods pale in comparison.

        http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd
        Andrew

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ahinson
          IMO this is the best tool to reset a Windows password. The the other methods pale in comparison.

          http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd
          I agree never failed for me.
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          • #6
            Cheers for that guys

            Reading the link: http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/ it seems to be suggesting that a blank password is represented by an "*".

            Someone I asked at work to day about this suggested that having a password that is blank, probably needs an ASCII character to represent it in DOS. Is that likely or probable? If a blank is indeed "*" then I may have found my solution without having to burn a CD. BTW - I saw all the mention on that site - but couldnt find the actual ISO it spoke of!

            I'm not going to get the chance to test this out for a few days (and the DVD drive is now removed, so no easy way to test now) - but would be interested if that * is the key Im missing!

            Thanks again.

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            • #7
              Here is the CD img.

              http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/cd050303.zip

              The mention of a blank password showing as "*" is in reference to the application and how it represents a blank password. To answer your question "*" does not represent a blank character in the ASCII character set (In ASCII "*" = ALT + 042).

              Here's a list of all of the ASCII characters.
              http://www.lookuptables.com/
              Andrew

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              • #8
                Ok..... many thanks.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by guv
                  Ok..... many thanks.
                  No problem.
                  Andrew

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                  • #10
                    Re: XP Recovery problem! Admin password never set!

                    Sorry to seem a bit thick here chaps but when it comes to deep down it computing I get a bit lost.
                    I've basically got the same problem here and have never set an admin paswoord.
                    When selecting R What do I type when it asks me for a password?

                    help would be much appreciated here
                    Thanks
                    Chris.

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                    • #11
                      Error writing password change

                      I followed all the steps on the UBCD. It gets to the end when it writes info back to file. I get the following error message. "Initialized size is not supported, NTFS error. Writing beyond initialized size."


                      What can I do to fix this? It shows the passwords blanked, but I can't get into the administrator profile. Please help!



                      Thanks,



                      Biffster

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