It then restarts and goes through the process indefinitely. When trying to access the recovery console through the XP disc, the administrator account's password appears to have become corrupted since none of the passwords I use are accepted. It simply states that the password is incorrect. (The account is protected because I dorm with computer science and IT majors who enjoy meddling and can't resist open back doors.)
When trying to update a password, this return status indicates that the value provided for the current password is incorrect.
I believe that the lsass file is either missing or corrupted, but I don't know how to get at it now.
OS: XP Home