unknown password Windows 2000 professional

I was just given an older Dell computer.  It is a Dimension XPS T500.  It has Windows 2000 professional installed on it.  There are no disks or other materials with the computer.  Apparently in its former life, it was password protected.  What can i do to make the computer usable?  I do not have any Windows disks or manuals.  Thanks.
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If you have the system restore disk, you should use it and this will install the originally installed software on the disk.

If you own another operating system, you can delete the partitions on the computer, create a new for the new installation, format it and install your operating system.

On this page you will find a link to a linux bootdisk, that can change any passwords on the windows 2000. Also the administrators. I have used it on both windows NT and 2000 and it works.

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Try username = Administrator and password = password, or no password.  

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As i said in my previous comment, the advice i gave, i have tested and it works.
Comment from tonnybrandt accepted as answer.

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