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Windows XP -Can't Change Guest Account

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Tangerino, Nov 18, 2006.

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  1. Tangerino

    Tangerino Thread Starter

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    Hello

    My first Thread!

    Basically, for some reason, my computer has divorced me and only allows Logon as a Guest. This of course means I do not have permissions to change almost everything because my Account on logging on is not part of the Administrator Group. I've tried several routes but none work including Safe Mode. I do not have permission to Create an Administrator Account, Restore the System or use the Administrative Tools in Control Panel. Control userpasswords2 doesn't work either. I can change the password for my Guest Login however. Any suggestions?

    I thank you for taking the time to examine my query.

    Windows XP SP2
    Compaq Presario 2100CA
    512Mb Ram - 80Gb HDD
    1.8 Mhz
     
  2. Dan O

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    Try using the Administrator ID.

    From the Welcome screen press Ctrl+Alt+Del twice to bring up the logon window, which then allows you to log on as Administrator.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Tangerino

    Tangerino Thread Starter

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    Thank you very much Dan O but it didn't work. I've tried everything within the parameters of my knowledge including: the Registry, deleting the logon password, and all sorts of options. This is the first problem to leave me flumoxed in 10 years!

    I'm even starting to suspect that since I had a new laptop HDD installed, the installer might have reserved Administrator rights to himself as default in case of logon or User Account failure.

    Every database and Forum (Including Microsoft KDB) begins from the perspective that the User is an Administrator then proceeds to describe how to turn ON/OFF Guest Accounta and Administrator Accounts.

    I can only log on as a Guest. Ant other ideas? I would indeed be very thankful.

    Also, I cannot find my initial post on November 18 to check for othe replies.

    Thank you again for your assistance.
     
  4. Dan O

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    You could try an inplace reinstall of Windows, which will refresh the files and settings.
     
  5. Tangerino

    Tangerino Thread Starter

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    Thank you Dan-O

    How would I do that? It may be the solution.

    Thanks
     
  6. Dan O

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  7. Tangerino

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    Problem still persisits!

    Basically, for some reason, my computer has divorced me and only allows Logon as a Guest. It does not recognize me as Administrator.This of course means I do not have permissions to change almost everything because my Account on logging on is not part of the Administrator Group. I've tried several routes but none work including Safe Mode. I do not have permission to Create an Administrator Account, Restore the System or use the Administrative Tools in Control Panel. Control userpasswords2 doesn't work either. Nothing works.

    After posting my firs thread here, the Moderator was kind enough to suggest some answers but the bottom line would mean a repair install which would wipe out all my data unles backed-up. I have tried every conventional avenue including MS Knowledge Base, other forums..etc..

    Almost evry solution requires me to be an Administrator first. But of course this is the problem.

    I can change the password for my Guest Login however. Any suggestions?

    I thank you for taking the time to examine my query.

    Windows XP SP2
    Compaq Presario 2100CA
    512Mb Ram - 80Gb HDD 1.8 Mhz
    2 external HDDs
    AVG
     
  8. JohnWill

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    I've merged your second thread with this one. Please don't start a new thread on the same issue, continue in this one.
     
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