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    Default Recovery console (xp hm) admin password

    drat I used to have a great app of some sort which I could boot off (saved as an iso image) and 'get' passwords........Unfortunately I lost that app.....damn

    currently workign on a pc which some IDIOT in a factory has put an admin password on and I need to remove it or at least find out what it is so that I can USE the recovery console........grrrrrrrrr

    Anyone got any thing that'll help please...........

    Ps: I"m NOT familiar with linux ........
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    Default Re: Recovery console (xp hm) admin password

    You could try NT password and registry editor works great on XP and Vista instructions are on the site too see here

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    Default Re: Recovery console (xp hm) admin password

    One I have used in the past - its a down loadable ISO file thats burnt to a CD, boot and it looks for all passwords - can take a while to run unless you spot the password early in its results called Ophcrack

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    Default Re: Recovery console (xp hm) admin password

    Funny went to download Ophcrack and avast gave me a virus warning and would not the download complete so just be forewarned it might have a nasty attached, I was trying the all platforms version.

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    Default Re: Recovery console (xp hm) admin password

    I use this all the time.
    It won't tell you what the password is but it allows you to reset a password for any user.

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    Default Re: Recovery console (xp hm) admin password

    Some AV's will do that because of the way it works another alternative, and is better (more useful application) is this - download Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows, It will load into a windows GUI and allow you to change the password as well as LOADS of other operations.

    Install it on a working PC ,work through the usual yes instructions, when it asks to run the builder say yes follow instructions through, you may need your XP CD when its looking for the XP System Fiels, if so load the CD in the drive and navigate to the i386 Folder if it doesn't locate it automatically.

    Make sure you select Create ISO image (Found it works better) Example
    Once the Image is made using your Image burner burn the image to a cd, boot from the CD, Click on start Shell (or leave and it will auto select) you dont need the network setup ( you'll see) when loaded, click start/Programs/password tools/NTPWEdit - Click Reopen Button if user names not shown, Select your user name / or administrator, Click Change Password,put in new password, then exit out of it, when you reboot the password will now be what ever you put.

    Screen shot of above path HERE - this software is free and worth the time it takes to make a bootable CD - saved MANY PC's with it.
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    Default Re: Recovery console (xp hm) admin password

    You can actually get to change a password using the install disc through (a flaw in) using the "R" recovery process - no tools required!
    (and I have tested this on a comp with SP3 installed no problem too)

    XP it definately works with - - here's what you do.

    (The only thing you do need to have is the product key as you will go through a complete windows recovery process and need to "re enter your product key")

    OK....

    Have your XP CD in with the bios set to boot of it, boot up, and when you get to "Welcome to Setup" press ENTER to Setup Windows now...(not the recovery console)

    next is the Setup screen which gives you the option to do a Repair

    (select your XP installation) and press R for repair

    Let it do it's own thing till it reboots from the HDD

    It will carry on with it's "Installing Windows" thing...

    NOW - watch for the "Installing Devices" bar bottom left, and when it appears

    Press SHIFT and F10 - a cmd prompt will open!! - type nusrmgr.cpl (enter)

    now select the admin (or other) user and type a new password, (or none at all)

    click "change password" and exit the cmd window and let the repair finish doing it's thing (has to be left to finish)

    WT's suggestion of Ultimate Boot is a very good tool, and probably a better option for doing what you want, but this is a handy wee thing to know if you dont have a UB disc available lol
    Last edited by bevy121; 14-07-2008 at 01:10 AM.

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    Default Re: Recovery console (xp hm) admin password

    excellent I've managed it .

    thanks to all for your help/suggestions
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    Default Re: Recovery console (xp hm) admin password

    then the next step of the repair is this:

    I get an error when trying to login to windoze either normal or safe mode:

    "lsass.exe - The endpoint format is invalid"

    the only choice is to clik OK then the system reboots........

    from my websearching I'm not totally certain but it seems to be a problem with the pagefile settings..........hmmmmm.......

    now I just need to ascertain how to change those settings from a recovery console command prompt
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    Default Re: Recovery console (xp hm) admin password

    This looks quite promising...
    Have not used it myself, so your choice whether to give it a go!

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    In the recovery console command prompt

    Type the following command:

    REG ADD HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management /v LargeSystemCache /t REG_BINARY /d 0x1

    reboot

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