Can't access administrator account on Win XP Pro

By Sotomoto ยท 4 replies
Mar 12, 2010
  1. Somehow I went from Admin to limited user.I can't get back to being an admin.I cant find the admin account on safe mode either.In fact I can only find the limited one wherever I go.I think its a virus but I really need some help!
    How can I access my admin account?Is it deleted?Can I create a new one from my limited one?
    Any help will be really appreciated!
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    its unlikely you deleted the admin account

    open windows explorer and look under documents and settings and see if it shows the admin account if it does

    try this

    log off (to the welcome screen)

    Hold down CTRL and ALT and tap DEL a few times

    it should take you to a standard logon box

    enter administrator as the username and try your password.

    If the password is wrong do a google on recovering lost admin passwords, there are loads of threads and help on it.
  3. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    not so unlikely if it was a malware attack, but in that case it could just be corruption.

    worst case scenario you need to use a BART CD to retrieve data and then just do a repair install of XP
  4. Sotomoto

    Sotomoto TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you both!will try and comment later today!
  5. zeta27

    zeta27 TS Rookie

    Into MSDOS Console:

    net user Adminitrator /activate:true
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