Fred, Your response to Paul DeLeeuw who was forced to reinstall XP because he did not know the Administrator password (see " When The Admin Account Is Invisible Or Locked" http://langa.com/newsletters/2004/2004-04-22.htm#2 ) referred to Microsoft’s instructions for creating a Password Reset Disk. While this is a useful tool it does nothing for the user who doesn’t know the password in the first place.
The Administrator password problem (at least on Dell systems with which I am familiar) result from the use of Sysprep which sets a password other than the default blank. Users who need to access Recovery Console in Windows XP Professional can bypass the password requirement by enabling "Recovery Console: Allow automatic administrator logon" in Start|Control Panel|Administrative Tools|Local Security Policy|Local Policies (under Security Settings)|User Rights Assignments|Security Options. XP Home users can boot to Recovery Console without using the password using the floppy diskettes available at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q308402 .
An easier solution is to simply set an Administrative password when the computer is first set up. See http://www.djdenham.com/New%20user%20questions.htm#Pwdchk .
Thanks, Denny. There’s lots more info available too— it’s actually not that hard to break into the Admin account in any copy of XP to which you have physical access; which is something to think about if you’re *not* encrypting your sensitive material.
Password recovery/bypass/management info: