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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Tk24, Nov 12, 2007.

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  1. Tk24

    Tk24 Thread Starter

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    I just upgraded to Windows Vista. I went on the User Accounts only to find that of the two accounts i previously had, only one remained (of course it is the one i used the less). The account that mysteriously disappeared was named "Administrator". i can still find the user files in my computer, but i can't log on the account. I tried to create a new account and name it "administrator" but it says that an account with that name already exists...i don't know what i can do to retrieve this account. For me the most important is my itunes library and i cant upload it on this current user account...
    If you have any ideas, please help
    Thanks
    -Tk24-
     
  2. Elvandil

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    There is no default administrator account in Vista like in XP, so the account was eliminated.

    You can tweak Vista to allow the creation of the account, but it will not be your old one.
     
  3. Tk24

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    Thanks for the reply. Do you know if there is any way i can retrieve my old itunes library? i tried to open the various "Previous libraries" but i can't seem to find my songs anywhere.
     
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    The security in Vista is much better than XP's and it makes everything safer. But it can at times be downright infuriating. Many places that were accessible easily n XP are "access denied" in Vista. You may find Vista "Take Ownership" Context Menu useful. It allows you to right-click and "take ownership" of files and folders that you want to access instead of using a command prompt.

    I don't think your files are gone. Do a search for a file name and see if you can find it. In Vista, there are a lot of symbolic links and most are hidden. So, C:\Documents and Settings\Username is the same as C:\Users\Username so you can still use the old XP paths when looking for your folders, especially if you enable hidden files.

    It is not recommended, and you are already an administrator, but you can enable that account if you want.

    I'd recommend Agent Ransack as a searcher that finds anything that is there.
     
  5. Tk24

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    Thank you! It is not recommended but how could i enable that account?
     
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    Keep in mind that that is the very first account name that malware, viruses, and hackers look for. Your own account name is safer for your machine.

    Go to Start > Run:

    lusrmgr.msc

    Look in Users, Administrator. Uncheck the box that says to disable the account. Check the other boxes to be sure they are as you want them. Reboot.
     
  7. Tk24

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    I get the message: "This computer is running Windows Vista Home Premium. This snapin may not be used with this version of Windows. To manage user accounts for this computer, use the User Accounts tool in the Control Panel".
     
  8. Elvandil

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    Oh. Sorry. You may not be able to enable that account at all in Home. Run: mmc.exe to see if you have the console at all.
     
  9. Tk24

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    No items. I'll just try to search for the files. I appreciate the help :D
     
  10. Elvandil

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    OK. No Admin in Home, but you are one already, anyway.
     
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