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Login using Administrator account?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Cowpoke, Dec 12, 2003.

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  1. Cowpoke

    Cowpoke Thread Starter

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    I'm reading "Windows Security Inside and Out" by Bott & Siechert , published by Microsoft. It states that there is always a built-in "Administrator" account which is often not visible on the Welcome screen. I read somewhere that the default password for this account is blank. They recommend logging on to this account and setting up a password to enhance security.

    I boot up and arrive at the Welcome screen and then do two Cont-Alt-Del's to get to the old fashion login screen. I enter Administrator with a blank password. In my case I get a Login Message: "Unable to log you on because of an account restriction" Am I missing something? Is the default password not blank?

    Thanks.
     
  2. sleekluxury

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    I think you may have to go to User Accounts and set a password for it first, maybe.
     
  3. Bob Cerelli

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    The default blank password would only be accurate if that is what was given during the install. Typically, due to security issues, I don't like to install with blank admin passwords.

    Hopefully you have another local user with admin rights. Then you can change that password to whatever you like.

    Also just one of the times what is in books is not what is in the real world ;-)
     
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