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Admin account changed to a guest account!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ruetasilitu, Jan 7, 2008.

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  1. ruetasilitu

    ruetasilitu Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I'm running XP Home SP2.
    I have always been using a user account with administrator rights.
    Having heard that it is not safe, I thought I would change my account type to power user.
    1. I ran "control userpasswords2" and, just in case, tried to change the account I was logged in with; which naturally did not work.
    2. Then, in the same window, I defined a password for the main (default) Administrator account, which I had never used.
    3. I rebooted in Safe Mode and logged in using the default Administrator account.
    4. Went to Control Panel > User accounts, and the admin account I use everyday was not there. Only admin, and guest.
    5. Then I rebooted in normal mode and logged in using my usual login... which is now a guest account! Meaning I don't have write access to the C:\ root, for instance... I can't even display the calendar as I don't have the rights to change the system date & time!
    How can I sort this out? I've done my Google research but did not find any relevant solution. I'd be very grateful for any advice.
    Thanks
     
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    ruetasilitu Thread Starter

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    For those interested (?), the solution was given to me on another forum:
    Safe Mode, log in as default admin, run the command prompt and enter the following command:
    net localgroup administrators /add accountname
     
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