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Can't get into recovery console on Windows XP

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I've got a no-name brand PC with winxp.  It was infested with spyware.  Tried to install SP2 on it and it failed, now it won't reboot, just starts, then reboots itself.  I know I need to go into the recovery console, but I can't get the admin password.  Somebody else built these PCs and they're long gone. I've tried erd commander and pnordahl, both indicate that they have reset the administrator pw, but it doesn't work when windows asks for this pw at the start of the recovery console. I think I see how to fix the reboot problem once I can get into recovery, but I can't get that far.

Thanks for any help.
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