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Trying to run XP Home command console to restore MBR. Can't get past password. HELP!

Hello,

My MBR is bad.  I  tried booting into XP command console using a XP install disk.  Command console loads and asks me for a password.  Since XP was loaded by Dell at the factory, I have no clue what the password is.  Various sites say  hit <enter> or <return>.  Some sites say the XP home has no password. Command Console rejects these responses.    I don't want to shell out the money to buy XP and do a reinstall. I can't load XP to go in and reset the unknown password.  I have a Dell Dimension 3000 built in 2005.  I can't be the only one who has experienced this problem

 

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