one of the problems I've had since before my computer actually died was I couldn't repair using the windows disc. Thanks to your help taking out the bad ram stick appears to have solved that problem. Now my bootable windows CD actually boots. However in attempting to repair my OS Install it's asking for an admin password. I only have two users both admins leftover from when it belonged to my cousin's boyfriend. I've renamed the users and I'm pretty sure they didn't have passwords before although one does now. I've tried both passwords (last years and this years) but nothing worked. My question: Is there a way to obtain the passwords the disc is asking for.