Cisco 2950 Switch Password Recovery

This tutorial documents the procedure for performing a password recovery on a Cisco 2950 switch (and probably other models, as well).

1. Unplug the power cable.

2. Hold down the mode button while replugging the power cable.

3. Type flash_init over the console.

4. Type load_helper

5. Type Dir flash :
//make sure to type the semi-colons

6. Type rename flash:config.txt flash:config.old
//the password is contained in the config.txt file

7. Type boot
//this reboots the system

8. Type n to skip the initial setup configuration.

9. Type enable
//this takes you to the enable mode

10. Type rename flash:config.old flash:config.txt

11. Save config.txt to system:
#copy flash:config.txt system:running-config

12. Enter config mode and change the password:
# config t
# no enable secret
//this applies only if the enable secret password was created

13. Finally, write the changes to memory:
# write memory

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10 Responses to “Cisco 2950 Switch Password Recovery”

  1. June 05, 2009 at 4:50 am, avenkat said:

    very nice.

    thank you so much….

    by venki


  2. June 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm, Ahmed said:

    Many Thanks for your effort

    it help me too much

    wish my best Wishes


  3. August 09, 2009 at 11:31 am, Anonymous said:

    very good but need more information

    thank you


  4. January 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm, bartho said:

    Thanks foe advice


  5. January 14, 2010 at 8:32 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanks Bro.
    Nice post.Its working.


  6. June 02, 2010 at 9:55 pm, seshi said:

    Thanks for the post

    5. Type dir flash :
    6. Type rename flash:config.text flash:config.old

    Please refer the link…


    • December 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm, Flowersb1 said:

      Thank you. I was stuck at this point also.


  7. September 20, 2010 at 10:17 am, J Laraune said:

    clever man, thanx!!!!


  8. January 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm, delforouz said:

    Very very nice


  9. May 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm, Juan Lopez said:

    If in step 12, when a write configure terminal, send me % Authorization failed.


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