Locked out of Windows Home Addition

I have a friend who went to the following link: http://www.grc.com/sn/notes-129.htm.  He loaded windows steady state. After loading, he realized he could not log in as admin. He tried several passwords and locked himself out. Here is what he had to say:

Yesterday I have loaded Windows Steadystate on my Win XP Home Edition machine.
I strictly fallowed the steps from this site http://www.grc.com/sn/notes-129.htm
The only thing, the only thing (now screaming, kicking, and crying)& is this:
Where it says User Settings, after I loaded Steadystate (SS) was some preloaded User, name was something like this default_fftpp904, but could be other word, not default, other then fftpp, but was for sure same structure and was 904 at the end.
FYI: When I loaded SS on my laptop the user &904 was not preloaded/pre-created. My laptop is cool now.
So I went ahead and booted as Guest, with my guest password, of course all stuff like My Dosc were not accessible and comp was basically locked, good.
But then I realized& NOOO!!!! I cant login as Admin!!!!! So panically Ive tried whatever passwords and in effect& got myself locked!!!!!
Now I have this super protected PC with SS on it and all my documents& pictures Word Docs and iTunes are&. Locked!!!!

I need to hack my own machine, but& HOW????

Please help!!!!!!

any help would be group
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:

You can try the following utility:
Tried Safe Mode, and clicked on Administrator?
CABRLU63Author Commented:
Mike, what happens when you turn your computer on?
How far do you get?

here is what happends
maybe you can update experts exchange with this
System goes in loops& when I turn it on, it goes to initial HP Invent screen (the one with options in the right bottom corner: F1, F10
Then it goes to Advanced Boot screen, the one with options to choose like Safe Mode,Last working config etc.
Ive tried all of them /advanced booting options like Safe Mode/ multiple times no success&. Loopin& loopin&loopin&  Turns off and goes to initial HP Invent screen.
Get expert help—faster!

Need expert help—fast? Use the Help Bell for personalized assistance getting answers to your important questions.

I would try a manual registry restore...

Take a look at buring one of these below tools (UBCD4WIN is ready to burn once it is downloaded). It gives you a Windows Graphical environment to make these changes...

Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD


Boot to one of those utilites above, and go to the a43 Explorer utility. Navigate to the "C:\Windows\System32\Config" directory.

Rename the following files....DO NOT DELETE THEM....

Rename system to system.old
Rename software to software.old
Rename sam to sam.old
Rename security to security.old
Rename default to default.old

Go into the "System_Volume_Information" folder (if you get a "Access Denied", right click the folder and select the Security Tab, and once you highlight Everyone at teh top, select "Full Control" in the bottom. )
Select the "Restore Folder"
Then you will see folders with RP50, RP51 etc... Look for the highest number, as it is the newest one. Go into that folder and copy the following files to the "C:\Windows\System32\Config" directory.


Now, go back to the "C:\Windows\System32\Config" directory.

Remove the "registry_machine_" from the 5 files you just copied.

Restart the machine, and remove the bootable disc you were using....

If it boots successfully, go to "System Restore" in the Help menu, and do a full restore to a few days back.... This will ensure that all of the files are restored to the proper restore point, not just the registry files you fixed....

Of course, if you just want to go through this process with just the SYSTEM file, you can do it by itself if you want. If you still get the error, or a Blue Screen of Death upon the next boot, simply go back and redo the other 4 files....
CABRLU63Author Commented:
He tried but with no luck. Could he be having problems with steady state? Is there a way he could repair his boot.ini file without having to log in or use the recovery council?
You can edit under the BartPE bootable environment very easily....

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Forced accept.

EE Admin
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows XP

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.