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Another Lockout problem

I have an instalation of XP on a HD that wont boot up normally.
Following advice I have tried to boot from the CD but I get to a prompt asking for the administrator password.
None of the passwords that I have ever used, or any of their variations, will work so I cannot run the repair mode. I have another installation on another drive so I can see the documents and files that I want to save but they are password protected and so I cannot move the in the usual way.
Any ideas about how I can either:
Reveal or bypass the password to allow me to run a repair?
Unlock the files so that I can back them up and format the drive?

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Re: Another Lockout problem

You need to take that hard drive that you wish to get info off of, stick it into another pc with XP and boot into safe mode. During the power on, before the XP logo, us the F8 key (tap a few times) to get the boot menu. Choose safe mode.

In safe mode, if you encounter a folder that says access denied when you try to open it, simply right click on it and choose properties. You will then see a tab for security. Under this tab, you can chage the permissions for that folder, by adding the correct user and granted permissions to view/read/write. This will allow you to gain access and be able to copy off what you need. You cant make these permissions change sin safe mode that I am aware of.

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