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Win XP Install on New Optiplex GX620

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 GX620
BIOS Vendor Dell Inc.
BIOS Version A05
BIOS Date 10-13-05
Windows Version Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor
Manufacturer Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Clock Speed 3GHz
Manufacturer Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Clock Speed 3GHz

Processor
Clock Speed 3GHz
Clock Speed 3GHz


Memory
Memory Slot 1 [DIMM_1]  512Mb
Memory Slot 2 [DIMM_2]  512Mb
Storage

Hardware
Type Description
DVD/CD-ROM Drives SONY CDRWDVD CRX310EE
Disk Drives WDC WD800JD-75MSA1 74.50Gb
Display Adapters Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family 224Mb
 Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family 224Mb
IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers Intel(R) 82801GB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 27DF
 Primary IDE Channel
 Intel(R) 82801GB Serial ATA Storage Controllers - 27C0
 Primary IDE Channel
Keyboards USB Human Interface Device
 USB Human Interface Device
Mice and Other Pointing Devices USB Human Interface Device
Monitors Dell E176FP - Dell Inc.
 Dell E176FP - Dell Inc.
Sound Devices SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio

Thanks,

Joe

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Denny Denham
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Re: Win XP Install on New Optiplex GX620

Discus2K,

In both instances are you using the Administrator account (rather than a named account in the administrator group)? Under normal circumstances, Administrator is not shown on the Welcome screen.

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Discus2K
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Re: Win XP Install on New Optiplex GX620

Yes.  The Windows installation has not been completed at this point.
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Denny Denham
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Re: Win XP Install on New Optiplex GX620

Discus2K,

Now I'm totally confused. You say the Windows installation has not been completed, but your original post said, "new workstations fresh from Dell with Win XP preinstalled."

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Discus2K
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Re: Win XP Install on New Optiplex GX620

Sorry.  What I mean is that the OS has been pre-loaded on the workstations with  Microsoft Windows XP OEM Preinstallation Kit.  At the Windows setup prompt for an administrator password, the password was left blank.  At logon after the first reboot, it will not take the blank password.  At this point, Windows has not been completely installed/setup.   Hope I am being clear.  My wife says she can't understand what I'm talking about half the time anyway!
 
Joe
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Kanuk001
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Re: Win XP Install on New Optiplex GX620

Is it possible you are joining a domain? The network administrator would have assigned a password.

Probably a stupid question, but just a guess.

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Discus2K
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Re: Win XP Install on New Optiplex GX620

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.

Joe

 

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Kanuk001
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Re: Win XP Install on New Optiplex GX620

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.

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Discus2K
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Re: Win XP Install on New Optiplex GX620

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! 

Best Regards,

Joe

 

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