here's another one from the "Windows Stupidity Files":
yesterday i had to repair a friends' XP master boot record that apparently had become corrupted somehow. so we put in the disk, booted, wait 5 minutes or so for it to get to anything remotely interactive, then press R for repair, C for console, and 1 for the windows installation to repair.
then it asks for the administrator password. okay, she forgot the password. so she enters something she thinks might be it, and it says no sorry, that's wrong, try again. after three times, the prompt quits, saying: "sorry, you have tried it 3 times, and that's all we allow. NOW PRESS ENTER TO REBOOT!!!"
whereupon we have to reboot the machine, wait another 5 minutes, and start all over again.
is that idiotic, or what? i can see if after 3 tries it just shut down and locked you out totally, but it just makes you reboot and do it all over again. how dumb.
btw, the solution? i went home and got my win2k disk, plugged it in, booted to recovery console, and fixed the MBR. no password required.