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Change "ADMINISTRATOR" name?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by rekilcoyne, Oct 7, 2003.

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  1. rekilcoyne

    rekilcoyne Thread Starter

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    I am the onle one that uses this computer and so the only account says 'administrator', is there any way i can chane this to my name or anything? ive looked on google but didnt find anything.
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    Go to user accounts in the control panel and double click on the name.
     
  3. Miz

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    The best way I've found to change both user names and passwords is to go to Start>Run and type in (or copy here and paste in): control userpasswords2 (note the space after "control"), click OK.

    You can select the account you want to change, click the Properties button and change the name there, clicking on OK to save any changes made.

    If you want it to automatically login to that account on startup, uncheck the "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" box. When you click OK, it will ask you to enter a password, which I recommend you do. Just don't forget that password!

    To be on the safe side, once you've established a password, go to Control Panel>User Accounts, click on the Administrator account and choose "Prevent a Forgotten Password" in the list on the left. You will need a clean, formatted floppy disk. Once it's created, store it someplace safe, away from heat, any sort of magnetic field (like a monitor), etc. Since floppies can deteriorate so easily, if you think you might forget the password, make a new password floppy every few months.
     
  4. downtime

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    Tell me if I'm wrong, please, but doesn't the recovery console REQUIRE the administrator account being named administrator? If you set windows to allow using the recovery console without logon does that cover there being no account actually named administrator? Or does the recovery console recognize the change of name? Has anyone tried logging in to a recovery console after changing the account name? I've been unable to log on to a recovery console on a machine the admin account was deleted, and also on an NT4 Server machine because someone used alt>keypad characters in the admin password. The alt>keypad characters aren't available in recovery mode, was that a mess!
    I've seen a few posts on changing the admin name, but is that such a good idea?
     
  5. ~Candy~

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    I guess I'm assuming he/she means instead of it saying log on administrator, it says log on MY NAME.

    Mine says the name I chose and there's only one user, me :)
     
  6. Squashman

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    I wouldn't suggest not having a backup admin account. Why not just make another account with your username that is in the Administrators group.
     
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