XP Repair Prompt for Admininstrator Password Does Not Accept Password

Posted on 2009-12-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a XP machine that get stuck during the boot process at the XP screen. I am trying to go into repair to fix it but it does not accept the administrator's password for the install. I have used 2 password reset utlilities and it still won't accept the password. Says it is wrong 3 times and then I have to reboot again. Any suggestions to get to the commnand prompt. Safe mode gets stuck during the boot process also. It gets to the blue background XP screen and gets stuck. So safe mode is not working either.
Question by:lococanejo
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    Have you tried a blank password, just hitting Enter?
    By default, the system administrator's account of user "administrator" is left blank by Windows unless you change it.

    If that won't work, try this free utility:

    It is a linux based small bootable CD.
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    On a side note:
    The programme from the link above can also be found on some maintenance/emergency boot disks like:
    Parted Magic: (here open a terminal windows and type: chntpw)
    Ultimate Boot CD:

    You may need the rest of the utilities on those CDs while trying to fix your system, so getting them might be a good option.
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    There is a program called "Active Password Changer" that works very well and which I have used MANY times to reset any users password to a blank. You can just do a search for "active password changer boot cd" and you should be able to find a way to boot to that CD and use that software to reset the password.
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    this Boot Disk is exactly the recommendation that was removed by Vee_Mod.
    It is not legal because it contains numerous pirated commercial applications.
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    Ok sorry! i did not know its a illegal compliation! :)

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