When the Recovery Console starts it will ask for your Administrator password before continuing. In many cases when you have XP pre installed on your computer the Recovery Console will not recognize your Administrator’s password. In these situations it is possible to edit a registry setting so that the Recovery Console does not ask for a password. This setting works on both Windows XP Home and Pro editions.

To change this setting do the following:

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Click on the Run option
  3. Type regedit.exe in the open field and press the OK button.
  4. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole
  5. Change the value of SecurityLevel value to 1
  6. Close regedit
  7. Reboot your computer.

Now the Recovery Console will no longer ask for a password.

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