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    OK, as I am doing restore on some HP system in the shop yesterday I noticed something.
    On the MS sticker where XPKey is written, it says 1-2CPU.
    I know that since XP can handle 2CPU setup, but wouldnt that also say that I can use it with 2 CPUs that are in different machines?? I can see it both ways. So just wondering what do you think about that.


    Issue 2.
    When going throught the setup of XP, it never asked me for Adminitrator password. I didnt really noticed it, until I was re-doing my own system. Does that mean that there is no Admin account or is it just that MS or HP (or compaq, sony, etc) dont want you to know about it? and if that account is there, that means that they know the password for it, hence its a generic, so anyone who knows it, can get in with GOD privilages???
    Thats a damn big security hole. But since I didnt notice this untill just now, I am not 100% sure that the Admin account is there, so can anyone verify that it exists?
    thanks

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    Yeah your admin account will exist but you do something to access it before you get to the "choose which account you want screen" and guess what i have forgotten how to do that but i reckon someone else will shed light even further on your problem!

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    crl+alt+del twice to get it to classic mode. there you can type it in.
    But it looks like a huge security hole!
    BTW it comes up with all accounts in Safe Mode.

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    Issue 1: Well you need to read the complete EULA to understand about the CPU thing. In anycase XP doesn't depend solely on CPU, what about other hardware? If you can use exactly the same hardware (eg: mobo, graphics card etc.) in another box with different CPU then you are on. i wonder if that is possible. may be Darthtanion/Mr.C or someone else will be able to explain it better


    Issue 2: Well XP does say at the time of install that either enter the password right now (for admin account) or you can do it later, atleast it does say so in my case. Now it solely depends on the end user what he/she wants to do. If they don't want to do it at the time of install, then its a security problem but M$ did ask them to do so! Another problem can be when XP comes pre-installed on a PC. what should a company do in such a case? install boxes with a pre-defined password? how secure will that be? imo taking care of our security is our business too and we can't just pass the buck to the OS manufacturer!
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    Heres a bit more on how to log as admin -

    To log on as Administrator and reset the password:
    Restart the computer. After the Power On Self Test (POST), press the F8 key.
    On the Windows Advanced Options menu, use the ARROW keys to select Safe Mode, and then press ENTER.
    When you are prompted to select the operating system to start, select Microsoft Windows XP edition (where edition is the edition of Windows XP that is installed), and then press ENTER.
    On the To begin, click your user name screen, click Administrator.
    Type the administrator password, and then press ENTER.

    NOTE: In some cases, the Administrator password may be set to a blank password. In this case, do not type a password before you press ENTER.
    Click Yes to acknowledge that Windows is running in Safe mode.
    Click Start, and then click Control Panel (or point to Settings, and then click Control Panel).
    Click User Accounts.
    Click the user account whose password you want to change.
    Click Change Password if you want to keep a password, or click Remove password if you do not want to use a password. If you remove the password, skip the next step.
    Type the new password for the user, and then click Change Password.
    Quit the User Accounts tool, and then restart the computer.
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    To log on as Administrator and reset the password:
    In the Welcome to Windows dialog box, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE.
    Type the logon information for the Administrator account, including the password, and then click OK.

    NOTE: In some cases, the Administrator password may be set to a blank password. In this case, do not type a password before you click OK.
    Click Start, click Run, type compmgmt.msc, and then click OK.
    In the Computer Management (Local) box, expand Local Users and Groups.
    Click the Users folder.
    In the right pane of the Computer Management window, right-click the user account whose password you want to reset, and then click Set Password.
    Click Proceed.
    In the New password box, type the new password for the user account.
    Type the same password in the Confirm password box, and then click OK.
    Click OK to acknowledge that the new password has been set.
    Quit the Computer Management snap-in, and then restart the computer.

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    Thanks on the tip about reseting passwords. I must make a not of that.


    I do know that MS doesnt want you to use XP on 2 systems, but found it interesting that they say 1-2CPU, someone could take that the wrong way.

    Also the pre-installed systems suck anyway, but I found today that on at least 2PCs HPs to be exact, the Admin account is turned off or inactive or whatever. So that the hole isnt there anymore. I just hope all manf. do that. As people dont even know that there is Admin account as it doesnt show up when you get to the login screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kane2g
    Also the pre-installed systems suck anyway, but I found today that on at least 2PCs HPs to be exact, the Admin account is turned off or inactive or whatever.
    Atlast they are starting to think before they do something :rolleyes2
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    Unless I'm mistaken:?:
    Windows XP Proffessional has the necessary coding to take advantage of a dual CPU setup.
    Windows XP Home Edition does not.
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    Ya quite right in that Mr. C.

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    So does that mean i could have the ultimate powerful master computer (well to computers linked together) or is that all a load of cr*p? :laugh:

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