|In 2000 and XP...|
I found this out by trial and error....
- If there are no asterisks beside Administrator Password:
- "stars" - *s - the upper case of 8 on your keyboard - there is no password - just press Enter.
- if there ARE asterisks beside Administrator Password:
, the password is the same one you use to access the Administrator user when you boot the computer into Safe mode, then you press Enter.
Case is important - whether characters are uppercase or lowercase.
It is NOT the password you use to access any user in Windows otherwise.
Most computers do not have an Administator password when you initially get the brand name or generic computer.
When you install Windows from scratch, there is no Administator password.
When you re-load a brand name computer's original software from a Recovery disk or disk set meant for the model, usually there is no Administator password.