Problem: login as administrator, WinXP Pro

By Christufa
Mar 11, 2002
  1. WinXP woes, & easy fix with your help...

    1- How do you login as an administrator in WinXP Pro? At the login screen, what key command is it (if i remember correctly) that then takes you to an admin login area.

    2- I need to uninstall these (below). My computer worked fine sunday night, then I installed these two patches, and come to find out.... the HORROR! Today, I boot up and then sign in under my login, wait 3 seconds, and BLAM, blue screen o' death & my computer reboots. I need to get admin access to uninstall these patches (the other account doesn't have admin access), but I've forgotten how to login as one. bleh...

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    I installed these two patches on sunday night, and believe they are causing the mess. (thanks Microsoft :rolleyes)

    Any help is needed & appreciated.

    (how do i login as admin under winxp)
  2. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Do you need to be logged in to do the uninstall? I have never logged in to my home system. It just boots inas Admin.
  3. Christufa

    Christufa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes you do. I need to know in winxp pro how to log in as the main administrator.
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I know on my account that I am setup as an admin. I am not exactly sure how you would change to the admin account. If there is some different admin account it should popup when you are given choices to login with something. Like I have the choice to login as guest, or My Name. And under my name it says admin account. But before I setup my own admin account, I know that when given a choice to login, it was between guest, My Name, and Administrator. This seems very strange to me. I'll try and do some research and get back to you!
  5. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    Re: WinXP woes, & easy fix with your help...

    Press CTRL-ALT-DEL twice. That should prompt you the normal WinNT/2K login screen. You can then login as Administrator from there.
  6. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    You could disable the WinXP welcome screen, that way you would get a standard Windows style logon box. Think it was in Control Panel/Users Accounts/Change the way users log on and off.
  7. Christufa

    Christufa TS Rookie Topic Starter


    thnx Lokem. it worked. ctrl-alt-del x2 & then logged in as "Administrator." deleted the patches & used system restore.

    computer cured. thnx for the help!
  8. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    Not a problem! Oh, you can try what Th3M1ghtyD8 said to revert your login screen back to that of WinNT/2k.
  9. Vinushan

    Vinushan TS Rookie


  10. Vinushan

    Vinushan TS Rookie

    Hello, I'm Vinushan and I don't know how to log on as an administrator on Windows XP so please help me.
  11. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 650

    For a start, shouldn't this be in the windows thread?

    Anyway i know if you boot in safe mode you can log in as the admin, you do this by pressing F5 when your comp is booting up. Around the time of the screen that tells you to press delete to enter your bios or whatever, not really sure what to call this screen..
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Well actually, it should have been its own thread. This thing was dead back in 2002. But I'll move it.
  13. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 650

    Windows forum was what i meant. Meh, didn't realise it was that old...
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