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I deleted the administrator user account

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by moosetags, Jul 3, 2008.

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  1. moosetags

    moosetags Thread Starter

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    By mistake, I have deleted the administrator user account from my Dell notebook (I am running XP Pro). All that is left in the user profile section of my user accounts section of my control panel is one guest account.

    I cannot even gain enough authorization to do a system restore or defrag.

    I backed up all my data and attempted to reload Windows XP to fix this, but the computer would not let me do this because I do not have administrator privileges.

    How should I proceed?
     
  2. brillser

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    Hi there,
    I think you'll have to go into safemode to create a new admin acc, off my head, I'm not sure how, I think it's tap on F8 at start up. choose "safemode"
    It's also a bit strange that you got to delete it.
     
  3. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

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    Could you post a screenshot of
    start > run > control userpasswords2
     
  4. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    If you are reloading Windows you will get Administrator privileges so I don't understand that part of your post. Otherwise, we can't help with passwords.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    You can't delete the Admin account, so I'm not sure what you actually did. ;)
     
  6. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Also, the Administrator account will only show in safe mode unless there are no other accounts created. Have you tried booting to safe mode to see if you can access the Administrator account?
     
  7. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

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    I didn't think you could delete the administrator account? :confused:
     
  8. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    I don't think you can either, as JohnWill said too. :)
     
  9. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

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    I just wanted to chime in :D
     
  10. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Chime away. :D

    I'm wondering if we'll ever hear from the original poster again. :)
     
  11. Squashman

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    I believe you can rename it though.
     
  12. ~Candy~

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    The "main" one? Or an admin account that you create for yourself or someone else?
     
  13. Squashman

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    The main one. Security thru Obscurity. I remember doing that when I was in school years ago and I just checked my work computer and they do that here as well.
     
  14. Squashman

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    They didn't get as creative as us. They just renamed it admin for some reason. It is a group policy. When I was in school I remember us renaming it Apollo.
     

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    Interesting.
     
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