Current password is not correct

What The Error Message Said..

When starting windows you get this message at the login prompt:

“When trying to update a password, this return status indicates that the value provided as the current password is not correct.”

Why Did This Happen?

Most likely, I was trying to recover the password.

SOLUTION

Replace the SECURITY/SAM file that lives in C:\WINDOWS\system32\config

How?

To do this you need to access C drive in your computer without running Windows that is installed on that C drive. You can start the computer using a boot disk such as BartPE (see Google for detailed instructions). You can also move the disk to another computer and make the changes on that computer (see Google for detailed instructions).

Where do I get the SECURITY and SAM files?

If you are pretty stuck, try getting these from a fresh install of the OS you are working on (most likely this was Windows XP). Otherwise you should have a backup of these files since you were smart and backed them up before you messed about with them.

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