I did some research on this issue:
When you attempt to log on to Recovery Console in Windows XP by typing the correct password for the local Administrator account, Recovery Console may display the following error message:
The password is not valid. Please retype the password.
Type the Administrator password:
This error message may occur even though you typed the correct password. If you start Windows XP, successfully log on by using the same password, change the local administrator's password, and restart the computer to Recovery Console, you receive the same error message.
This issue may occur if Windows XP was originally installed from a Sysprep image, or if Sysprep 2.0 was run on the computer at one time. Sysprep.exe makes changes to the way that password keys are stored in the registry; these changes are not compatible with the Recovery Console logon routine.
Note that the manufacturer of your computer may have used Sysprep to preinstall Windows XP on your computer.
>>> I had a utility that set the password blank, but no luck. I also read on microsofts website that a solution would be to install a patch that you have to call them and pay for. I couldn't find it anywhere.
All I need to do is:
Do I have to do this in the recovery console? Can't I do it another way?