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Mastershroom VIP Member

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#1 12 years ago

On my main computer, I recently reformatted my Linux partitions and added them to my Windows drive with PartitionMagic. However, doing that got rid of the Linux GRUB bootloader, so now my computer won't boot. I have the Windows XP install disk, but when I try to access the Recovery Console, it asks for an administrator password, and I don't have one. This PC only had one account, and the console isn't accepting that password. Leaving the password field blank doesn't work either.

Is there anyway I could reset the Windows bootloader without that nonexistent password, or completely reinstalling Windows? I have lots of important files on that hard drive, namely 20GB of music and videos, and all my schoolwork for this year.

Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.




Tango Protocol

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#2 12 years ago

There might not be an actual password.

Try just hitting enter in the preconsole and it may/should continue so you can run a fixboot (first, I'd do a chkdsk)




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#3 12 years ago

There can't be no password. This is exactly what comes on my screen when I select Recovery Console:

Microsoft Windows XP(TM) Recovery Console.

The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality.

Type EXIT to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer.

1: C:\WINDOWS

Which Windows installation would you like to log onto (To cancel, press ENTER)? 1 Type the Administrator password: ******** (That was my XP account password) The password is not valid. Please retype the password. Type the Administrator password: (This time I tried leaving it blank) The password is not valid. Please retype the password.

I can't access the bloody console.




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#4 12 years ago

Try using admin or administrator as the account. Sometimes when you buy a PC, they have hidden usernames. Past that, I have no idea how it would work. Fixing my [now ex]girlfriend computer just required me typing in "alina" and then no password.




aaj111

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#5 12 years ago

I had a similar issue this morning, I tried to repair my computer, but it asked for my pass, and my pass didn't work for some reason... So eventually I just did the regular thing, and I spent all day re-doing my computer...




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#6 12 years ago

Heh. Now it wants to take an empty password field. How arbitrary.

Well, it worked. I was able to run FIXMBR and FIXBOOT, and now it boots properly with no data loss. Thanks for the help.




The_Computer_Wizard

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#7 12 years ago

i know they make em, and i know i actually have one, but dont remember where i got it, its a boot cd that will wipe any password on any windows account, google it for a few minutes and you'll probably come up with something that will work