Cisco Enable Password Recovery on Cisco Device


1. Connect to the device using a console cable with the following set on the port:

  • 9600 baud rate
  • No parity
  • 8 data bits
  • 1 stop bit
  • No flow control

2. Turn the router on

3. If you can access the router, type the following command at the unprivileged prompt and record the configuration register.

show version
Cisco Show Version

4. Turn off the router

5. Turn on the router

6. Hit the “Break” key on the terminal keyboard within 60 seconds of powering up in order to put the router into ROMMON

Refer to the following should the break key not workCisco Break

7. Type the following command at the “rommon 2>” prompt

confreg 0x2142

8. Type “reset” the reboot the router

Cisco Confreg

9. Type “no” after each set up question or press “Ctrl” plus “C” in order to skip the set up procedure.

10. Type the following commands to finish the reset

copy running-config startup-config
configure terminal
enable secret passsword

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