How to Change the Recovery Console Administrator Password



Steevo
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
Is it possible to reset the admin password in the recovery console? I didn't
even know there was one on my machine but when I tried to use the recovery
console to perform a drive format I was unable to do anything until I input
the administrator password.


Many thanks

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Steevo

David Candy
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
Of course it is. Change the password in Windows.

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"Steevo" <steevo@uk2k.com> wrote in message news:d65b2u$1tm$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Is it possible to reset the admin password in the recovery console? I didn't
> even know there was one on my machine but when I tried to use the recovery
> console to perform a drive format I was unable to do anything until I input
> the administrator password.
>
>
> Many thanks
>
> --
> Steevo
>
>
>

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
Hi Steevo,

If you did not set an administrator password, you may have been the victim
of a system that was preinstalled using sysprep. The workaround is to use
the boot floppy set. See:

Cannot Log On to Recovery Console After Running Sysprep [Q308402]
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308402

Using the WinXP Boot floppy set:
http://www.rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#Boot%20floppy

Otherwise, as David has indicated, simply change the administrator password
while in Windows.

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Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"Steevo" <steevo@uk2k.com> wrote in message
news:d65b2u$1tm$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Is it possible to reset the admin password in the recovery console? I
> didn't even know there was one on my machine but when I tried to use the
> recovery console to perform a drive format I was unable to do anything
> until I input the administrator password.
>
>
> Many thanks
>
> --
> Steevo
>
>
>

Steevo
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" <rick@mvps.org> wrote in message
news:ucIAhkKWFHA.2852@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Hi Steevo,
>
> If you did not set an administrator password, you may have been the victim
> of a system that was preinstalled using sysprep. The workaround is to use
> the boot floppy set. See:
>
> Cannot Log On to Recovery Console After Running Sysprep [Q308402]
> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308402
>
> Using the WinXP Boot floppy set:
> http://www.rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#Boot%20floppy
>
> Otherwise, as David has indicated, simply change the administrator
> password while in Windows.
>
> --
> Best of Luck,
>
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>



Ah, right - you say change it in windows, they're one and the same password
then?

Can that just be done using the a password reset floppy disk?


Many thanks

--
Steevo

Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
Steevo wrote:

> Ah, right - you say change it in windows, they're one and the
> same password then?
>
> Can that just be done using the a password reset floppy disk?
Hi,

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

The system in the link above can reset the Administrator
password offline.

and this as well from the link above:

Newsflash at 2004-01-16:

Support for easy change of RecoveryConsole parameters (one of
them tells RecoveryConsole to NOT ask for admin password).



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torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting and WMI, Porsgrunn Norway
Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/default.mspx

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
Hi,

> Ah, right - you say change it in windows, they're one and the same
> password then?

Yes.

> Can that just be done using the a password reset floppy disk?

Don't know, never tried it. No reason I know of it shouldn't work. That's
what the disk is for.

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Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"Steevo" <steevo@uk2k.com> wrote in message
news:d65cm4$32m$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk...
> "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" <rick@mvps.org> wrote in message
> news:ucIAhkKWFHA.2852@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> Hi Steevo,
>>
>> If you did not set an administrator password, you may have been the
>> victim of a system that was preinstalled using sysprep. The workaround is
>> to use the boot floppy set. See:
>>
>> Cannot Log On to Recovery Console After Running Sysprep [Q308402]
>> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308402
>>
>> Using the WinXP Boot floppy set:
>> http://www.rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#Boot%20floppy
>>
>> Otherwise, as David has indicated, simply change the administrator
>> password while in Windows.
>>
>> --
>> Best of Luck,
>>
>> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Many thanks
>
> --
> Steevo
>

MAP
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
Steevo wrote:
> Is it possible to reset the admin password in the recovery console? I
> didn't even know there was one on my machine but when I tried to use
> the recovery console to perform a drive format I was unable to do
> anything until I input the administrator password.
>
>
> Many thanks

The password is sometimes blank. So, try just pressing enter when
you are asked for a password, it may help.

Or, if you can get into XP, even safe mode, you can arrange to bypass the
password by the following registry change:

Instead, just run REGEDIT (Start Run Regedit)
Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Setup\Recover
yConsole
Set the DWORD SecurityLevel value to 1
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Mike Pawlak

Steevo
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
"MAP" <mikepawlak2REM@OVEhotmail.com> wrote in message
news:uWnDXINWFHA.2740@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>
> The password is sometimes blank. So, try just pressing enter when
> you are asked for a password, it may help.
>
> Or, if you can get into XP, even safe mode, you can arrange to bypass the
> password by the following registry change:
>
> Instead, just run REGEDIT (Start Run Regedit)
> Navigate to
> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Setup\Recover
> yConsole
> Set the DWORD SecurityLevel value to 1
> --
> Mike Pawlak
>
>


Hmmm...things don't seem to be going as easy as all that. Tried logging into
XP as administrator because couldn't find the account listed in "User
Accounts" thus couldn't create a password reset disk. Anyhow, it logged in
fine without a password, hence I guessed the password must be blank as you
say. That said, having just tried to log into RC with a blank password, it
wasn't accepted and told me to try again.

I then tried your trick with the registry, changing the DWORD Security Level
value from 0 to 1 - upon restart this unfortunately didn't help either
because, after booting from the cd as normal etc. and entering the recovery
console screen I was once again asked for the password. I have just checked
the value once more in the registry and it's still set to 1.

Is there anything else that might work?


Many thanks

--
Steevo


How to Change the Recovery Console Administrator Password