How to Recover / Reset Cisco Router Password

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To recover or reset the cisco router password follow following steps.
We need to connect router to console port and reboot the router (hard reboot).
Send BREAK signal (Usually it’s Ctrl+Break), Standard break signals can be found here
On acceptance of break signal router will open mini IOS called ROMmon mode.
Next step is to configure router to ignore startup-configuration by typing following on router prompt
ROMmon> confreg 0x2142
Reboot or Reset router by typing ROMmon>reset
Router will reboot and load IOS image, Once it’s loaded system configuration wizard will come up
Type no on initial configuration dialog to launch command prompt.
Router> enable “type enable to access router, router will not ask you for password)
Copy NVRAM into memory by typing following 
            Router#copy startup-config running-config
Type show running-configuration which will enable you to see any non-encrypted password
In case password is encrypted, we can’t read the password but can reset
To reset the password move into configuration mode by typing
            Router# configure terminal
              Router(config)#enable secret ciscopress
            Router(config)#config-register 0x2102
Save configuration by typing Router#copy running-config startup-config
 Hope this help you.

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