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I've managed to load ubuntu onto an XP system that's died, but it asks for the username and password, I have my password but not the there any other way to logon and use ubuntu to recover data?

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Is it windows that is asking for the username? A bit confused as to the question you are asking. Sorry – jjesse May 1 '12 at 0:10
Could you clarify your issue a bit more? When booting Ubuntu from a ____(Live CD?), you're being asked for the username/password? – papashou May 1 '12 at 0:33
Yep when I run the try ubuntu option it loads and sets up ubuntu leaving a coloured background 4-5 small icon top right of screen and a logon box, which asks for a username and password, I'm guessing this is from my xp windows install – Andy Robinson May 1 '12 at 1:35

You can boot from an Ubuntu LiveCD and access data on a Windows or Linux partitions on your hard disk - they should just appear in the left pane of the file manager.

This only won't work if a partition is encrypted or severely damaged.

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