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Unable to log into XP as Administrator or user


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Hi All,

I've read most of the threads around this issue but not seen one which covers my predicament so thought i'd see where this gets me.

A virus removal tool looks to have deleted a rather important file and now every time I turn my pc on I'm asked to log in as my username and password (what password!). I've tried logging in as Administrator and no password but get an error message saying:

"Unable to log you in because of an account restriction"

Is there a way round this?

I've also tried using a few tools to crack the passwords using brute strength but they said no passwords were set (which i've tried for both Admin. and my username to no avail). I've also tried a Recovery Console thingy-majig but that doesn't appear to have done anything.

Am I shafted or is there a way round the weird error message?

Cheers,
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Try Safe Mode, and this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290109
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No joy. Says loading personal settings and then kicks me back out to the log in screen.

Anything else to try?

I wouldn't normally worry too much but there's some important work documents on there that I haven't backed up.

Cheers,
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I'll explain what happens a little more to see if that gives anyone an idea of what to do. I hope it helps!

In Normal mode I get to the old style logon dialogue screen and my username is already there. I don't enter a password (I know its blank from trying a couple of programs) and it looks as though its trying to log on. I can see my desktop picture at this point. After about 5 seconds a pop up appears saying saving settings and i'm back to square one.

In Safe mode I get to the same point and enter Administrator. Again no password and hit enter. The same thing happens (except no pic) i.e. looks as if its letting me in, only to kick me back out a few seconds later.

Ideas / Suggestions welcome!
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Okay so i'm trying to use the Windows Recovery Console that came pre-installed ina separate partition on my PC. I can start it running but after a few seconds I get a black screen and nothing but the cursor flashing in the top right corner. Does anyone know if this is working or not?

Also, I'm assuming i'm gonna need to reformat my hard drive and reinstall XP, does anyone know of how I can rescue the data on there??? I see some people suggesting installing it as a slave on another machine running the same OS. Does anyone have any decent (simple) instructions of how to do this??? Or does anyone know of any other tricks?

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How to Slave a Hard Drive: http://www.dtidata.c...ave-hard-drive/
...or you can use HD enclosure.
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Cheers for your help Broni but I think it will just be easier to reformat and reinstall XP.

Mods - please close this topic.

Thanks,
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No problem.
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