February 05, 2003
Never Forget

Remember that new computers (Windows 2000/XP) will have an administrator account. You will use this account to install and uninstall programs.

If your machine was setup on campus an administrator account and administrator password has been setup. The account name is 'administrator'. The password for this account is listed on the salmon-colored Checklist--New Computer Setup sheet that you received with the computer.

If you setup the computer in your office, you assigned a password to the administrator account yourself.

It's very important that you remember this password. You will need it to uninstall existing programs and install new programs on your machine. You may also need it to troubleshoot and repair problems that may arise.

You can change the administrator password to one that's easier for you to remember.

However, it's also important to keep the following in mind: the administrator account and password provide important security for your machine. Administrator passwords should be at least 6 characters, include a combination of alphanumeric characters (upper and lower case), numbers, and other characters, and not be a word commonly found in the dictionary.

Posted by dcoates at February 05, 2003 09:45 AM