OK, here's the problem. I installed Parallels and Windows XP Pro SP2 using the Express Installation method that produced an instance of Windows with a user account called "Administrator" without a password. Well, that's not very secure so I added a password to the user account and that's when I started to get problems. Basically, Parallels seems to assume that there is a user account called Administrator installed and there is no password so that it can get Windows running as soon as possible when you start running the virtual machine. When I have a password associated with the Administrator account then Windows either throws an error message when the account selection screen is reached or it seems to "skip" this aspect of the logon process and all I get is the message "Windows is starting up...". The error message, to be honest, isn't a problem since I can cancel that, select my account from the list and enter the appropriate password. My issue really is that this option the dismiss the error message doesn't happen too often and the usual result is that I get the "Windows is starting up..." message perpetually. Is it possible to setup Parallels to use user accounts other than Administrator (my account on the Windows ActiveDirectory at work isn't Administrator, surprisingly)? Is it possible for Parallels to work with user accounts with passwords? Any suggestions are gratefully received.