I installed Windows XP, without setting a login password. For a while I could boot into Windows without having to login, then out of the blue, the login splash screen appeared & I had to click on the Admin icon to login, also when coming out of screensaver mode I had to login again. I right clicked MyComputer, went into Admin & disabled the Administrator login, I no longer had to login from screensaver so assumed everything was OK. Now when I boot-up the PC (even in safe mode), I cannot login to Windows because the Administrator login icon is no longer there. How can I get back in? I don't want to repair install as I have no way to back up data. I got to the Recovery Console on Win XP installation CD. Which command gets me back to Windows desktop? I am writing this message from a Linux live CD.
Following advice from pcguide.com forum, I typed Ctrl+Alt+Del twice at the Welcome screen, to get an NT style login box with Administrator in the user field. I didn't set a password during installation so I don't have one. I tried leaving the fields blank but that didn't work, all I need now is a password.