WinXP Start as Administrator after Reinstalation

By Jerk
Sep 25, 2008
  1. Hi everyone

    I don't know how to name this issue or problem,
    I think is not an issue or any other problem at all.

    Is just that i would like to know how or what make my
    reinstalation of my Windows XP start as Administrator
    after the reinstalation is done.

    For example, every 3 or 4 moths i do a fresh reinstalation
    of my Windows XP, i always choose a name for my computer
    But at the end after the reinstalation is done, i find out the name
    of the computer is "Administrator", now my question is, how does
    this happen? and why or when does this happend? and how can
    I prevent this by happening in evey reinstalation in my Windows?

    Normally when i name my computer "Sam" for example...
    Then when i go to "C:\Documents and Settings" i see three folders
    in that zone as fallow: All users, Default User, and my PC name "Sam".

    But when my reinstalation is only as administrator there is nothing i can
    do to change back to the name i give at the very bigninning of instalation
    and if i go to: "C:\Documents and Settings" all i see is the "Administrator"
    folder name.

    Any advice or help will be very appreciate.

    Thanks in advance
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    There are two questions that are similar in the Windows setup
    Name of the computer
    And logon username

    I suspect you are naming the computer, but not setting up a username.
    Next re-load be a bit slower, and read the questions fully

    Anyway, it's easily fixed.
    Just go to user accounts in Control Panel, and create a new user
    Log off and then log back on, to the new user account
  3. Jerk

    Jerk TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Hi kimsland

    Yeah, thats sounds like a good idea,
    But if i do that, am i going to see the welcome screen
    where you have to select the user and click on it.... ?

    if thats the case how can i do it so i avoid that screen?

  4. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    Hi Jerk

    As you put only one user on the PC and that you don't put any password thus Windows will load it automatically without presenting the User Logon Screen.

    To see it you will need to add a user or easily put a password to the existing user then you will be able to see it and choose.

    To do it simply go to user accounts in Control Panel and select the existing user and click create new password or create new user for creating another user...
  5. tuant

    tuant TS Enthusiast Posts: 200

    Open start => run and type 'control userpasswords2'. Un-check the box and type in the username and password of the account you want windows to automatically log in to when it boots up.
  6. Jerk

    Jerk TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Thanks amagnien,
    Thanks tuant,

    Good tip, i really appreciate.

    Hey guys i wanted to ask you one final thing about the same issue.
    one of my PC long ago, it was perfect running with it unique name...
    Then one day i start the PC only to find out that all the stuff i had in
    that PC was like gone or move, like if i have never use it before...
    Then i noted the "Administrator" name on top of the Start menu buttom.
    after that i was looking for a way to revert everything back to normal
    but i could not find a way to do it, then i was wondering what could it cust
    that problem in that PC.
  7. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    Normally it need to remain the same even if you don't use for years(if the PC starts after years of inactivity). The way it change like that is a little unnormal.
  8. Jerk

    Jerk TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Thanks amagnien :)
  9. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    You're welcome
  10. tuant

    tuant TS Enthusiast Posts: 200

    I assume you used the computer under a different account/user. Everytime you create a new user account, the desktop icons automatically revert back to default and a new profile is created. I'm pretty sure all your files are still there if you can remember which account yo used. You can also search your files by navigating to C:\Documents and Settings. Hopefully it will show a list of all users accounts on the PC.
  11. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    Yeah that's good I didn't think about that.
  12. Jerk

    Jerk TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Thank you too tuant :)

    you know what, is weird cus normally since i use computers
    i never like the idea of making other accounts 1, 2, 3 and so on.

    i always been using my computers under one single user account.
    but yeah, you right about that, i forgot to mention that in the comment.

    when this used to happen to me, i remember seen all in my pc just like when
    you do a fresh reinstalation of your windows, then i started to serach for all my files
    and they all where in here ==> "C:\Documents and Settings\My PC Name"
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    No, that's my point. It's "C:\Documents and Settings\Username"
    By the way even if you make a unique Username (which you should normally do) Administrator account will still exist (normally found by going to SafeMode)

    So make a new Username from Control Panel
    Run Control UserPasswords2 (stated above) and allow auto logon to you new user account
    Re-setup the Desktop properties and everything (like My Documents and email so forth)
    And that's it.

    In future when installing Xp, create a unique UserName
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