registry correction caused lsass.exe errror and now I cant fix it
Posted on 2004-09-28
History--I had my XP pro system crash and give me an error saying the config/system file was missing or corrupt. I as able to launch the recovery console from XP CD, found instructions on KNowledgebase on copying from /repair the system, sam, software, default and security files. With newborn on my lap I somehow missed the critical bit of not doing that with OEM installed XP (which I had). I now can boot further than I did, but get the error lsass.exe system error-when trying to update a password, this return status indicates that the value provided as the correct password is not true (something very similar to this). I reboot several times to the same thing, pop chntpsswd floppy into the floppy drive, reboot and first I blank the password. This didnt change anything and I still got the error. I then go back and reboot, and disable the 'enforcement' (set to skip) of the admin password. Nothing. No change. I am not totally saavy with all of this, just know a few things I have been taught along the way. I would rather not have to use the nasty recovery cds that came with this system...but I NEED the 'since I last backed up' information on this computer. Thank you in advance!