XP Lockout – Deja VuLocked
Last year I was updating an XP box and got locked out by SP3’s update.The solution was to reformat and start over. Once again, on the same box, during a fresh install onto a new drive, right after SP3 and a few other updates, the same lockout occurred. Last time I asked for insights but didn’t get many. SO here’s the situation and maybe someone will have an idea:
It’s an Athlon 64 with an IDE primary and a SATA secondary drive. The locked XP home version is on the IDE on C:. PLEASE read this carefully – I did not create, at any time, any passwords, nor did I create any network called “LR”. I am locked out of this OS at the login screen because after SP3 it insists on a password for each account (there are 4 accounts created by me for other reasons(configurations, wallpaper, just to have different logins, etc.) Each one rejects any and all passwords – remember – I NEVER made any – and I have tried booting from the XP install disk to ‘repair’ the system, but it ends up either at the repair prompt (and by the way, during the repair, you have to login as the admin and input the password, and since there was never a password, a simple ‘Enter” key passes that test (but not at the XP login, locked-out screen). All the alternate boot options, Safe mode, etc. end up at the locked out password prompt screen. All password attempts result in the message that the “LR network is not available at this time, see your admin” or words like that. During the rebuild of this box, I did create an empty partition (E:)and now I have installed a fresh XP on it and can boot to it (!). However, since all the programs, data, etc. are on the C: drive, I would like to
A. Fix the login problem
B. Keep my C: OS and all the programs, data, etc.
1. How can I fix the lockout on C:?
2. What could possibly create both a “LR network” and lock me out of all accounts? REMEMBER, I never made passwords, nor an LR network.
I did create, during the initial install on C:, a HOME network, the default one of XP, and the computer’s “name” is “LR”, but that is all I did – I did not create passwords or LR network.
3. Can I access anything through the dual boot OS on E: to fix the lockout on c:?