this is VERY interesting I had to use the recovery console to rebuild the boot on my new laptop well, I thought it would be a better idea to use my old xp pro authentic cd to since I was rebuilding the 32 bit os boot and not the 64 bit which was fine well, the authentic xp cd insisted on an adminsitrator password, though none exists...yes I hit enter anyway, it just lets you do that three times btw. now, this happened on a previous laptop which I wound up trading back becuase I couldn't get intot recovery. so this time, I had the 64 bit cd, so I fugured I'd use the recovery console from there since the console just goes to whatever os you want it to anyway. well, this console didn't need my administrator password for the 32 bit os, it just went right in there when I hit enter. reconfigured the boot, fixed everything, and all is well. I just think it's pretty interesting that the 32 bit cd needs a password that doesn't exist.