First off, every XP system has a built-in account named Administrator. It's
usually hidden and, by default, the password for the Administrator account is
blank. If you hit the Enter key when you came to that prompt in the Recovery
Console and Windows did not accept a blank password, that would indicate that
there's a password associated with the Administrator account.
There are a number of ways to reset that account's password. The easiest would
be to logon with an account that's a Computer Administrator and change it using
the alternative User Accounts applet. You launch this applet by going to
Start -> Run and entering control userpasswords2 in the Open box. As long as
there's a check mark in the box next to "Users must enter a user name and
password to use this computer", you should be able to click on Administrator in
the "User for this computer" box and hit the Reset Password button in the
Password for Administrator section at the bottom of the Users page. Another
option is to use the utility available from this web site.
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
Note: If you're installing XP Pro, you'll be presented with the option of
creating a password for the Administrator account during the process. Adding a
password to this account is a good idea.
How you log on with the Administrator account depends on what version of XP you
have installed on your computer.
XP Home Edition
To logon with the built-in Administrator account in XP Home Edition you have to
restart the computer and boot into Safe Mode.
To start in Safe Mode, reboot your computer and start tapping the F8 key as soon
as you see anything displayed
on the screen.
Keep hitting F8 until the Advanced Startup Options menu appears.
Use the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard to select Safe Mode.
Click on the Administrator icon.
Unless you changed it, the password should be blank.
Restart your computer.
If the Welcome screen is displayed, hit the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination
This should bring up the Log on to Windows dialog.
Enter Administrator in the User Name box.
If you set up a password for this account, enter it now. Otherwise, leave the
password box blank.
"chesjak" wrote in message
> Hi Nepatsfan
> You are absolutly right. I did hit the "R" key to soon. I'll have another
> go as you suggest.
> Can you answer the bit as follows:
> [[[Question!!!! What would my Administrators password be and where do I
> find it.
> When I installed the Windows XP Operating system, I do not remember having
> been asked to put an Administrators Password in. ]]]
> Many thanks
> "Nepatsfan" wrote:
>> "chesjak" wrote in message
>> > HI
>> > I need to restore my copy of Windows and have got to the bit in "set up"
>> > where it askes me for "Administrators Password"
>> > Question!!!! What would my Administrators password be and where do I find
>> > it.
>> > When I installed the Windows XP Operating system, I do not remember having
>> > been asked to put an Administrators Password in.
>> > Can you please help
>> > Regards
>> Being asked for a password for the administrator account leads me to
>> believe you ended up in the Recovery Console. Did the screen looks like this?
>> If you're trying to perform a repair installation, then you hit the R key too
>> early in the process. Reboot the computer from the XP installation CD and
>> you come to this screen, hit Enter.
>> Windows will search for any existing XP installations on your computer and
>> display a screen where you're asked if you want to repair the installation.
>> Here's where you hit the R key.
>> Take a look at the following web sites for more info on repair installations.
>> Courtesy of Michael Stevens, MS-MVP
>> Windows XP Repair Install
>> I hope you have any important files backed up. While a repair installation
>> should preserve your data and installed programs, there's always a chance
>> something could go wrong and your files would be lost.
>> Good luck
>> >> Stay informed about: Windows Restore Problem