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[Resolved] no administrator user account on computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by compdum66, Sep 23, 2003.

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  1. compdum66

    compdum66 Thread Starter

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    help! I changed my user account to a limited account for security reasons and now there is no administrator account on my computer. Therefore, i am unable to perform any administrator tasks. How can I make my account back into an administrator account if you must be an administrator to do so? I am just learning about computers so please be specific with any advice that you can oofer me. It will be deeply appreciated.
     
  2. tomsxp

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  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Are you sure the admin account isn't there? It doesn't show up on the default selection screen. Log off and hold the Shift key while the login screen comes back, you should be able to enter the admin account there.
     
  4. compdum66

    compdum66 Thread Starter

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    well i have tried your suggestions and it still does not solve my problem. Even when i switched to safe mode you still must be an administrator to do anything. Any other suggestions ?
     
  5. tomsxp

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    Did you try this, i got it from HP support>> it seems that you need to make a
    new account with
    Administrative rights. The information below
    describes the different
    account types in Windows XP, and explains how to
    change account types
    and how to save and change passwords.

    Windows XP provides three types of user accounts:

    * Administrative accounts can change privileges
    (change Limited to
    Administrative account), passwords,
    system-wide settings, and
    install any Windows XP compatible software
    and drivers.

    * Limited accounts may not be able to install
    or run certain programs
    and can change the account picture, create,
    edit, or delete the
    account password.

    * Guest has limited access (similar to Limited
    account) to computer
    resources and can use certain programs
    installed by others.

    Adding administrative user privileges

    If an account requires administrative privileges,
    log in as the main
    user (or any user with administrative privileges)
    and add
    administrative privileges to a user account as
    follows:

    1. Click Start, then Control Panel.
    2. In Control Panel, click User Accounts.
    3. Click Change an account.
    4. Click the account you need to change.
    5. Click Change the account type.
    6. Select Computer administrator.
    7. Click Change Account Type.

    The account type has been changed.

    Saving a password

    Create a password protection floppy disk. This
    disk allows the
    recovery of a lost password. One formatted
    floppy disk is required.

    1. Click Start, then Control Panel.
    2. In Control Panel, click User Accounts.
    3. Click Change an account.
    4. Click the account whose password will be
    saved.
    5. Under Related Tasks, click Prevent a
    forgotten password, and
    follow the instructions of the Forgotten
    Password Wizard.

    Follow the instructions below to reset a password
    in Windows XP:

    Note: If the main administrator password
    has been lost, you must
    run a system recovery to reinstall
    Windows XP and setup a
    new administrator password.

    With a password reset disk

    1. Insert the password reset disk into the
    floppy disk drive (A:).
    2. At the Windows XP logon screen, click the
    arrow next the account
    name.
    3. Click use your password reset disk, and
    follow the instructions of
    the Password Reset Wizard.

    Without a password reset disk

    1. Turn on or restart the computer.
    2. Press the F8 key until the Windows XP
    startup menu appears, then
    select safe mode.
    3. Click Administrator.
    4. Click Start, then Control Panel.
    5. In Control Panel, click User Accounts.
    6. Click Change an account.
    7. Click the account you need to change.
    8. Click Change the password, or Remove the
    password, and follow the
    on-screen instructions for the option
    chosen.

    This should resolve the issue.
     
  6. compdum66

    compdum66 Thread Starter

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    I tried to create a new user account but since there's no administrator account, I do not have the privellage of creating one. It states that you must be an administrator to do so.
     
  7. JohnWill

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    I have a hard time believing there's no admin account... All of the machines I've installed W2K or XP on get one by default, without asking.
     
  8. Tushman

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    Compdum, the admin account you purportedly changed to 'limited account' is not possible. The built-in Admin Account (for Win2K & XP) is designed so that it cannot be changed in such a manner. Most likely the account you changed was something other than the built-in one.
     
  9. peptobismal

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    http://winguides.com/registry/display.php/1165/

    that should work there. try that and lemme know what happens. o yeah and always remember to back up da registry before proceding

    start / run / regedt32 / file (up top) export

    enter a name of like registrybackup and there ya go start messing round with the registry.. (but only this one lol) now what ya need to do if ya mess up somehow is just go into safe mod by just pressing the F8 key repeatedly click on admin if you can and if you can then you can re import the registry or better yet, go into user accounts and make an admin account see yas!
     
  10. compdum66

    compdum66 Thread Starter

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    If there is a built in administrator where would I find it? and what is it called? Under user accounts in control panel, I am the only user and my account is a limited user account.
     
  11. JohnWill

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    You do realize that with XP home, you can only see the Admin account when you boot to safe mode, right?
     
  12. compdum66

    compdum66 Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys for your help. I finally fixed my problem. When I was putting the computer in safe mode I was not typing in administrator under user name. I was using my own user name. However, once I did that I was able to fix the problem. I appreciate your patience with me. Thank you once again.
     
  13. tomsxp

    tomsxp

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    So Johnwill, gave you the answer then! Thank You for posting back the resolution, some people wouldnt bother.
     
  14. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    It just took me a while, I'm not much of an XP-Home user, I usually work with XP-Pro. I have a machine that came with XP-Home, and I'm keeping it that way so I have something to look at when an XP-Home question comes along. :D
     
  15. tomsxp

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    I have two xp home editions but i dont know what the difference is with xpPro? Is it much?
     
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