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I have a 2500 series that is password protected and I would like to recover it.  I went here:
http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/474/pswdrec_2500.html

Everythging looks good but im still a little confused on all the steps.  For example:

Type configure memory or copy startup-config running-config to copy the NVRAM into memory. Do not type write memory or copy running startup-config

The "or" is confusing me....

I DO NOT want to lose the configuration that it now has I just want to reset the password.  
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If you use 'write mem' then you WILL lose your config (actually, you will overwrite it with default blank config)

As for the "or" - don't use "write mem" as above, OR "copy running-config startup-config" which is the same thing as write mem...


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what about at step 16 write memory or copy running....
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Step #9 says to use
config mem  <-- this "reads in" the original config while you are already at enable prompt

Now you can use the procedures to change the enable/secret passwords
then change the config reg back to where it was.

Now in step 16, use "write mem" to save your changes.

If you missed step 9, then you've changed the passwords in a blank config which does you no good.
If you don't save the config at step 16, then you'll be right back where you started..
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