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Win XP pro recovery admin password??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Bille1, Nov 20, 2010.

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  1. Bille1

    Bille1 Thread Starter

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    I have XP Pro with all updates lately it has problems starting and often it has the Title bar at the bottom blacked out so I have to try to start by pressing reset but it's still a problem.

    Tried;

    (1) Using the SFC /scannow program to check files and locations - Hasn't improved situation.

    (2) Have tried booting from Windows XP Pro CD - Press any key > F2 > Windows Set-up > Loads files > Start Windows.

    (3) Repair Windows > Press R > Tries to Log-on and asks for Admin Password.

    I don't recall ever using/designating an Admin Password...Is it likely to be a generic Password?? - I've tried 'Admin' and a couple of other Passwords that I regularly use but NO-GO.

    So now I'm here asking...Begging if you like for some help:-(

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
     
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  3. Jack Hackett

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    leave it blank, dont type anything, just press the enter key on your keyboard
     
  4. Bille1

    Bille1 Thread Starter

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    Thanks Jack....That was quick.

    OK done that however it just presents the same black screen with the C:\WINDOWS>...doesn't offer any options for repair......

    Or is that it?
     
  5. Jack Hackett

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    you have entered the Recovery Console, where you can repair certain aspects of Windows by using commands that you type in.

    If you want to do a Repair Installation of Windows then at the 1st screen of Options press Enter to install XP, then on the subsequent screen press R to initiate a Repair Install

    here is an illustrated step-by-step guide for doing a repair install
    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/instxprepair1.htm
    Make sure you have your XP installation key/code (COA) to hand, you will need it.
     
  6. Bille1

    Bille1 Thread Starter

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    Hi Jack

    Once again thanks for your interest, however about 50% through the process when it copies/loads the files I get the message that it can't copy the AGT0816.DLL is missing and gives 3 options (1) try again (2) press escape to move on (Warns Windows might become flaky or similar words) (3) Discontinue.

    I used the 2nd option and it almost completes the process, shows a black screen with the Windows XP logo and stops there with the hour glass timer running.

    If I force a close down and then switch on again it stops at the custom wall paper..no bar at the bottom of the screen and no icons.

    I then get a pop-up saying "Microsoft Feeds Synchronisation problem send a report to Microsoft" when the notification is sent
    another pop-up appears;

    http://oca.microsoft.com/redir.aspx...93300236&LCID=1033&OS=5.1.2600.2.00010100.3.0
    The Parameter is incorrect.

    This URL takes me to http://oca.microsoft.com/en/404.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/en/404.aspx which I don't understand at all.


    I think the programs and data are still probably on the drive and would like to have access to as much as possible as there are a couple of 16 bit programs and a number of 32 bit programs that wont run on my new 64 bit machine.

    So I'm considering whether I should buy another HDD do a fresh install of XP Pro and the programs and see if I can access the data on the 'Old' HDD.

    Is this a reasonable course of action?

    Thanks for your continued interest.

    Bill
     
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