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windows xp recovery console

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by Thomas, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. Thomas

    Thomas Guest

    I'm trying to fix a problem with my Acer 2312 notebook, when I try and
    boot into XP home it says the file isapnp.sys is missing or corrupt.
    So I try and use the Recovery Console from an XP installation CD. The
    problem is that it prompts for a password on the Administrator
    account, which I don't know, because I have my own account with
    administrator privelages. I'm the only one who uses the notebook so
    this must have been an account installed at the factory. Any
    suggestions on how to get the password? Keep in mind that I can not
    boot windows at all, and I don't have enought HDD space to install
    another OS. At the administrator password I tried leaving it blank and
    it still did not work. Any suggestions much appreciated.
    Thomas, Nov 24, 2007
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  2. Thomas

    Rod Speed Guest

    You dont need that to run one from the CD.
    Boot a bootable CD and fix the password problem that way.

    The ultimate boot CD for Win has a password cracker.
    Rod Speed, Nov 24, 2007
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  3. Thomas

    Gerard Bok Guest

    It always does. Even if there is no password.
    Can't tell for all Acers but mine doesn't require any admin
    password for the recovery console.
    Just choose 1 to select the windows installation and press enter
    for the password. (So basically, I suggest to try again :)
    Gerard Bok, Nov 24, 2007
  4. Peter Nordahl`s offline NT password recovery <-- google that

    Also. the recovery console is a bit limited, it has its purpose like
    fixing up boot.ini It has some good commands, like 3 FIXMBR,
    BOOTCFG /reinstall, FIXBOOT. It may have others..

    But for other things, you have to tweak things to access a floppy
    drive, and I am not sure if there is an edit.com, there may be a copy
    con, so you could make files that way. It is very limited. Not like a
    command prompt. For that you are better off with Win XP PE. Or
    something like UBCD..

    I don`t know what you hope to do from the recovery console..

    I suggest you consider a Win XP Repair. "off the cd".
    aka win xp repair installation.
    It is different from a repair from the windows recovery console.
    It is like overwriting the key windows xp files.

    this is a classic page- below
    jameshanley39, Nov 28, 2007
  5. Thomas

    BillW50 Guest

    typed on Wed, 28 Nov 2007 11:30:27 -0800
    Windows XP PE isn't available for most folks. How about Bart's PE?

    BillW50, Dec 3, 2007
  6. well, I will just emphasise that if windows is not loading(and he has
    not isolated it to a boot.ini problem), then i think he should do a
    Win XP Repair off the CD..


    yeah - BartPE.. Though I think UBCD - which I mentioned - uses BartPE
    ".... Bart's PE(c) ...accomplish...task"

    That will let him read his drive. replace files. Though he would need
    to know what to replace, and he would need to have the replacement

    But just for the sake of mentioning alternative solutions, there is
    the HDD in or connected to another machine. And there is the NTFS4DOS
    like stuff.
    jameshanley39, Dec 3, 2007
  7. But you still need the original XP CD (or similar) to set up a bootable
    Barts CD.

    Bloke Down The Pub, Dec 3, 2007
  8. Thomas

    BillW50 Guest

    In Bloke Down The Pub typed on Tue, 4 Dec 2007 08:03:30 +0900:
    Well yes! Important to mention I guess. :)
    BillW50, Dec 3, 2007
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