Need help getting started

So I followed the installation instructions for running Home Assistant on windows (upgraded to Win10Pro, set up the virtual machine, etc…). I got all the way to start hass… but it reported that I needed python 3.9, but only had 3.8something. So I really know nothing about linux or python, but I thought I could just install python3.9. Trouble is that it asked for a password. I honestly don’t remember typing in a password when I created the homeassistant account, but I know what the password would be if I DID set it. Unfortunately - it’s not taking that password, so I appear to be stuck. Can anybody help?

Its a vm. Delete it and start again.