When a system crashes and is not booting after several attempts, recovery console is one of the best ways to recover the system as it was earlier. If the Operating System is Windows XP, then there are some tricky ways to sort out the problem. After rebooting the system, F8 has to be pressed for the Windows boot screen. Accordingly, Safe Mode will come up and one has to login there with administrative account. The VGA of the welcome screen will not show in full resolution as the color number is limited to 256. Accordingly, Recovery Console will start and Windows will attempt to appear in the same state as earlier.
A while back I bought a Dell Optiplex 210L on ebay. It's been great until recently when the system crashed and it will not boot. I tried to use the XP recovery console but it wants an admin password which I do not have. Is there any way to access the recovery console without the password? I see that there are fixes to this if you have access to the computer, which of course I do not.
This problem can be solved! Please follow these instructions below:
Note that this welcome screen is limited to 256 colors and 640x480 resolution because the primary graphics will have been set to the Windows Safe Mode software VGA adapter. You will not be able to change this mode even in Display options, while Windows is running in Safe Mode.
- Reboot your machine.
- Press F8 before the Windows boot screen appears.
- Do not press F5 as used on the NT/9x series of Windows.
- You will be be prompted with a boot options menu.
- Select the Start Windows in Safe Mode option.
- Click through several self-explanatory screens until your reach the familiar 'Welcome' screen.
Find the icon for the Administrator user. If the default settings of your system haven't been changed, there should be no password for this account.
The Safe Mode Welcome screen might display some of the other users on your system.
- Login as the admin.
- Press Yes at the prompt asking if you would like to continue using Safe Mode.
- Continue on to the User Settings control panel. Here you can change any of the other passwords for users on the machine. Make any changes you want.
- Reboot your computer. As long as you don't press any keys (i.e. F8) during the boot-up the computer will startup normally.
- Login as the user for which you set the password.
Thanks to Computer wiz for this tip on the forum
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