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XP password problem

There are a few similar problems here already, but none quite like this one.
I created a dual-boot system with Vista (the original 'native' system) and XP (added later). It took a minute, but i got it to switch to Vista again using Vista Boot Pro, but now i can't return to XP. I boot from the XP CD-ROM and it goes through installing the files and all that. Then it goes to the command prompt, and asks for my admin password. But i never set one, i just clicked 'next' when asked to.

So, i need to know either a) how to make the prompt accept nothing for the password, b) how to set an admin password from Vista or command prompt or c) how to completely uninstall XP from Vista or command prompt.

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  • crono04 Apr 19, 2008

    First, i appreciate your advice. But it isn't working. I've tries spaces, no spaces, 'Administrator', 'administrator', the name i assigned to the admin account, trying the word 'set' instead of 'net'. I even tried asterisk and no asterisk. i'm trying to run repair from/on XP from the disc and so far it's asked which drive i want and the password. When during the process am i supposed to use this?

  • crono04 Apr 19, 2008

    No sorry needed. i should have been more specific.
    If it only asks for a password when there is one, i must have set one but forgotten it. i've tried all the ones i remember ever using and some that just came to me, but no-go.
    If i can get into Vista's command prompt, can i change my XP's password if they're on the same drive seperated by a partition?

  • crono04 Apr 21, 2008

    i figured it out, but since you tried to help me...

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Hey, its better to setup a password for the account vs not haveing one, the limitation for now allowing to login with no password on command prompt was added becouse a hacker could easyly take over a pc which didnt have a administrative password set up.

To set up the password in commant prompt type
net user Administrator *

Net user <username> * command changes the user password.

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  • Ekse Apr 19, 2008

    Sorry, I must have been in my thoughts when I posted. This was intstuctions on how to change the password if you can get into windows commant prompt so your in the repair console



    it shouldnt ask for a password if you didnt set one. If you set one then it will ask for a password.


  • Ekse Apr 19, 2008

    heres a workaround for reseting the admin password

    http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administra...

  • Ekse Apr 19, 2008

    no, use the webpage I gave you, it can provide you with tools to set the xp password.

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