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alnuwer

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Just got this new PC and 1st experience with Windows 7. I set it up with no password for Administrator (the way I want it). However, the Administrator's files are shown as LOCKED. How do I unlock them? Thanks for your help.

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where are they showing as locked? In windows explorer? What files are they?
 

alnuwer

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where are they showing as locked? In windows explorer? What files are they?
On the opening page where you chose which user to go to (only user is Administrator), and the Administrator's folder under "USERS"
 

Squashman

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You are on Home Premium which means there has to be another user on the system. You can only login as the user named Administrator in Safe Mode. Not sure how you could have possibly only ended up with 1 user on the system.
 

alnuwer

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You are on Home Premium which means there has to be another user on the system. You can only login as the user named Administrator in Safe Mode. Not sure how you could have possibly only ended up with 1 user on the system.
Probably my bad - The login page and the User who's file shows a padlock icon is identified as Mary Lou. Since she is the only user on the system, I thought Mary Lou and Administrator is one and the same. Wrong, right? Please note also that there is no problem logging onto Mary Lou nor opening her files. The only problem is trying to get my other networked XP PCs to access her files. I'm able to access her C:\ but nothing below the C:\USER folder. I'm thinking that perhaps that is because they show as locked?
 
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The admin account is normally hidden by default. There is no reason for you to access the administrator folder.
 

alnuwer

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The admin account is normally hidden by default. There is no reason for you to access the administrator folder.
Thanks, I just learned that. Actually the log in page and User that shows "Locked" is the one user I set up - called Mary Lou.
 

DoubleHelix

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That's indicating you're already logged in with that account. Click it, and you should go to the desktop.
 

alnuwer

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That's indicating you're already logged in with that account. Click it, and you should go to the desktop.
Yep, I can go to the desktop - no problem. However, I cannot access User Mary Lou from my networked XP Pcs. I can access the C:/ drive and all files above the User\Mary Lou folder, but not User\Mary Lou. I'm thinking it must be because User\Mary Lou is locked (User\Mary Lou folder icon shows a padlock on it)
 

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You need a password set on the account. Network access requires a password. I believe there is a registry setting so you can access the computer without a password but I would advise against making that change.
 

alnuwer

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You need a password set on the account. Network access requires a password. I believe there is a registry setting so you can access the computer without a password but I would advise against making that change.
I understand the issues with not having it password protected, but still wish to do so. Any idea on how to set the registry for no password?
 
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