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How do I recover a username and password?

By PureDestiny ·
I was fixing my cousin's Compaq mini 110, because it got a virus and wouldn't come on. I downloaded the HP recovery and to my surprise it was a Linux operating system, even though I chose XP. She had no problem using the operating system, However, she has forgotten her username and password. How do I recover it from this system? Haven't had much practice on this operating system.

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Short answer: You don't.

by seanferd In reply to How do I recover a userna ...

If you can't log in as root/superuser and reset the password, then reinstall.

You can boot off a live CD to copy off any user documents/files you'd like to save.

. I downloaded the HP recovery and to my surprise it was a Linux operating system, even though I chose XP.


From where did you download this?

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by PureDestiny In reply to Short answer: You don't.

How do I log in as a root/superuser to reset the password? Also do i need the username? She does know either.

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recover admin or user password

by tom In reply to How do I recover a userna ...

I have used a product from SpotMAU called 'PowerSuite 2009 Wincare' . They have a current year package. You can buy the whole Suite or individual peices. One is password genius. I used this to recover data off my sons pc. At the time it had XP on it. Check out the SpotMAU web site. They have a way to fix Windows or just recover data and reinstall to get rid of all the crap.

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Seanferd answered this above:

by robo_dev In reply to How do I recover a userna ...

Assuming that this is Ubuntu Linux, you boot off either a Ubuntu Live CD or flash-drive distro, back up your data, then it would probably be easier to do a reinstall than to walk your thru password reset on Linux.

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root

by Spitfire_Sysop In reply to How do I recover a userna ...

The user name is "root".

Try with a blank password. Then try with "root" as the password.

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