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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 Force is strong with him
11th September 2006
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