OK. I'm gobsmacked on this one. Setting up 2 new workstations fresh from Dell with Win XP preinstalled. On power up the setup routine runs normally. When first asked for a password for the Administartor account, password is left empty. At login screen after the first reboot, Windows will not accept the blank entry for the Administrator password. Any ideas on this one folks? If I have to whip out the reinstall CD's OK. But I'd rather not.System Information:
Computer Model OptiPlex GX620BIOS Vendor Dell Inc.BIOS Version A05BIOS Date 10-13-05Windows Version Microsoft Windows XP Professional
ProcessorManufacturer Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHzClock Speed 3GHzManufacturer Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHzClock Speed 3GHz
ProcessorClock Speed 3GHzClock Speed 3GHz
MemoryMemory Slot 1 [DIMM_1] 512MbMemory Slot 2 [DIMM_2] 512MbStorage
HardwareType DescriptionDVD/CD-ROM Drives SONY CDRWDVD CRX310EEDisk Drives WDC WD800JD-75MSA1 74.50GbDisplay Adapters Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family 224Mb Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family 224MbIDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers Intel(R) 82801GB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 27DF Primary IDE Channel Intel(R) 82801GB Serial ATA Storage Controllers - 27C0 Primary IDE ChannelKeyboards USB Human Interface Device USB Human Interface DeviceMice and Other Pointing Devices USB Human Interface DeviceMonitors Dell E176FP - Dell Inc. Dell E176FP - Dell Inc.Sound Devices SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
Is it possible you are joining a domain? The network administrator would have assigned a password.
Probably a stupid question, but just a guess.
I once had a science teacher that said the only stupid questions were the ones that didn't get asked. To answer your question, the boxes will be added to an SBS2003 Domain (Small Business Server 2003) after Windows setup is completed using the SBS Network connection tool via IE from the client machine. And as for the thick skulled, no neck admin, I'm him. So, no I didn't set a password.
I found this link. I have not tried it, but it should allow you to reset the Admin password to something you know.
Since it is a new machine, reinstalling (especially if the GX has a DELL system restore partition) may be faster.
Strangely that's what Dell tech support said as well. So I'll take care of that this weekend. Woo Hoo! Another 6 day work week!