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Bill_Q

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Greetings:
I hope some one will be kind enough to help me sort a small but annoying problem.
I have been given an Acer 5051 laptop running "Vista" Basic and have set it up from basic delivery configuration. When setting up the Administrator settings with the inbuilt touchpad I was able to name it as "Administrator", but somehow hit something around the touchpad that caused the password setup dialogue to be bypassed. When I tried to re-enter "Administrator" again to set a password, I had a reply "not valid, there is already an account with that name...... ", but this account has no password assigned and does not show up anywhere! In the end I had to enter "Administrator1" and assign a password to get admin rights.

I have had a look at the registry entries for "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities" and note that there are four (4) "REG_SZ" entries, but only three (3) "REG_DWORD" entries.

What I would like to know is - is there an entry here I can delete to remove the original (password free) "Administrator", thus allowing me to rename "Administrator1" to "Administrator" and possibly avoiding future confusion? Unfortunately I cannot seem to copy/paste this particular screen (not surprising) but have made a screenshot of it. If it would be of any use I could email it as a Word attachment.

Ideas anyone?

PS: Sorry everyone, just realised this has been posted to the wrong forum and I can't delete or move. To be re-posted to Vista forum.
 

JohnWill

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Did you boot into safe mode? I think you may find your missing Administrator account there. :)
 

Bill_Q

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Thanks for the reply, John. I booted into Safe Mode as you suggested, but the only place I was able to sight the original Administrator account was when I went to "Repair your Computer" when the sign-in showed both Administrator accounts. However, when I selected "Administrator" I got a return of "Your account has been disabled". Do you have any suggestions for re-enabling it?
I might note that this is the Home Basic version of Vista, which appears to have a number of restrictions as to what you can do with it, even as an administrator!
 

Bill_Q

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Thanks for your input, Squashman, very interesting article and it's now crystal as to why I'm (apparently) having problems! While I can certainly understand MS philosophy, some of us were actually aware of the dangers of "living in" the Administrator environment. But on balance I guess they've probably got it reasonably right. Anyway, as it happens, Vista Basic doesn't allow you to access the "real" Administrator account, it stops you dead at "double-click Local Users and Groups"! There aren't any! So that's me sorted then.
I guess I learned something today. Thanks to both of you for your help. Cheers.
 

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You can mark your own threads solved using the thread tools at the top of the page in the upper right corner.© :)
 
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