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XP; rename Admin. acct. & logon w/o typing password

By videobruce
Jun 1, 2004
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  1. How can you rename the administrator account without creating a new account w/ admin. privileges and then deleting the orginal admin. acct. OR using Group Policy Editor and hunting through that mess looking for:
    Computer Config./Windows Settings/Security Settings/Local Policies/Security Options/Accounts: Rename administrator account

    Next; How can I logon w/o always retyping the password as you could in 2k?


    Really like 2k better, way too much bloat even w/o the FP interface!
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    I don't think its very straightforward to rename the admin account without deleting it. I think you'd have to log in as another member of the administrators group and then delete the administrator account, recreate another account and then give that administrator group membership - or just continue to use your current login.

    -Next; How can I logon w/o always retyping the password as you could in 2k?

    TweakUI (a powertoy you can download from Microsoft) will enter the password for you on every boot up but remember that the password will be stored in the registry in clear text form.

    -Really like 2k better, way too much bloat even w/o the FP interface!

    Turn it off. That's the first thing I do.
  3. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    Just a little Q...

    If you rename the Administrator account, why would you want to delete it? When it's renamed, it's renamed. It won't be listed as "Administrator" anymore.
  4. BumperJAck

    BumperJAck TS Rookie

    Please Help

    I just finished school at Cornerstone, and when you finish you can keep the computer. Anyway I got here (aulstralia) and tried to change the domain to a Home. Now I can't long into my computer. I tried to go into the System, but it asks for an admin Key. I called Dell, and cornerstone and they said that I would have to ship it back first, I have no time or money to do that! anyway can anyone help me?
  5. josh8178

    josh8178 TS Rookie

    I had a siemens laptop once and i could not log in as admin either, i do not know why this worked for me but i just typed "user" into the name box at the login screen and no password and just clicked "login" and i was logged in as admin! i was able to change xp from domain to home where i could have that nice welcome screen :)
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    right click on my computer icon /left clck manage
    go to local users groups
    under users
    the admin rename here open and enter same name or full name rather
    I would rather have password enabled
    the admin name should always be changed for security
    if not these are just one more back door left open
    I have been a big fan of W$K for a long time
    I still have it on machine as dual boot have not used it in 2 months
    xp pro will not crash no matter what I do HaHa
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