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log-in problem with WinXP-Virtual-Machine under VMware Fusion on MacBook Pro

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Hello Experts,

I purchased a MacBook Pro a couple months ago (a *wonderful* machine!).  So that I could continue using a couple WinXP apps I had been using for several years, I purchased at the same time VMware Fusion (v. 2.0.5).  I was amazed at how easy and quick it was to install WinXP as a virtual machine (along with an Ubuntu Linux Virtual Machine).  It was equally quick and easy to install WinXP apps on the VMware Fusion virtual machine (VM).

Unfortunately, despite all these initial successes, I'm now dealing with a very frustrating problem.  After I had installed a few WinXP apps, I logged out of the VM so that I could cleanly shut down the MacBook Pro.  When I later restarted the MacBook, and attempted to open the WinXP VM, virtual WinXP presented a log-in screen in which the only user listed is 'Administrator', and then asked for a log-in password.  But I don't think I was ever asked to specify a password for the WinXP VM.  And if I was but just don't recall this, I am 100% confident that I know what I would've chosen for a password.  Nevertheless, the WinXP VM rejects this password.  I have tried all the possible passwords that are even remotely likely, and none of them were accepted.  And just leaving the password field blank was also not accepted.

I know there are utilities available for recovering WinXP passwords, but the only ones I know of are for dedicated WinXP machines, not for a Fusion VMware VM within a MacBook Pro OS X 10.6.1 system.

Does anybody have any suggestions for getting logged in to the WinXP VM 'Administrator' account?  If I can't figure out how to do this, I'll have to delete the VM and install a new copy.  I'd really rather not do that, as I've already set up WinXP apps in the VM (including entering all the initial set-up data, etc.).  This would be a huge hassle.

If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!


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