I just happen to read this thread and I can say... wow!
I agree with both of you but my question is since this is a debate I'll put in my say.
no fighting guys ok
why can't his father put in the password for him, he doesn't need to know the password.... so his son can install program or get him here on this thread so you knows what's going on.
Yes, his father may have very little computer exper.
The son may have been downloading spyware,virus. so his father may very well locked him out.
also, the kid was telling people here the truth and didn't need to bring up his father.
a lot of older people don't know what they're doing. Most have no clue what a user account with administrator rights are. It could very well have been an oops. yes, This is so true too.
I hope you decide well, either way. I'm just saying this is a tough choice on both partys.