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find & reset admin. password

By wino460 ·
awhile back i read an article here at TechRepublic about how to find and erase/reset Win XP'S Admin passwords from C:\windows. I thought I printed it for future referance but now can not find it! I am building a new pc with HDD'S from my old pc which booted right to the logon the new pc says it can't find HDD but it's in the post and i can get to recovery console but my passwors do not work. They were a promise raid (MIRRORED Array)Promise has told me to pound sand! and MSI told me that even if they were promise ata raid they will have to be reformatted. IJUST NEED TO GAIN ACCESS TO MY PRIMARY DRIVE SO I CAN COPY MY DOCUMENTS & IMAGES TO THE FORMATTED DRIVE WITH A FRESH XP SP2 INSTALL DONE1

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to find & reset admin. passw ...

That may not be your real problem here. If they are SATA drives the most likely explanation is that the incorrect Drivers are present for the SATA controller so that is why the Drive isn't been seen when you attempt to boot the computer.

You can always do a Windows XP install and not Format the HDD to save your data all that will do is remove the Windows Files and reload the new Copy of Windows XP into the old folder but this time with the correct drivers, and it should avoid password problems as well.

I'm presuming here that the old M'Board has bit the dust and died so you are unable to use that one to recover your data from but if that's the case you are running a very risky race as a HDD can always fail and then you'll be up for Thousands to recover your data you should have a DR Plan in place to prevent this from happening.


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by JimKlallsoo In reply to find & reset admin. passw ...

Try this site for resetting Win XP Admin passwords

Download the linux bootdisk and run follow instructions to reset the pass.

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