Problem accessing XP Administrator

By josbd ยท 8 replies
Nov 2, 2005
  1. A friend of mine has managed to "lock himself out" of the original Administrator account of his own XP Pro machine.

    Story: He decided to password his machine, but rather than password the original Administrator login he had been using, he opted to create a new user, also titled Administrator with his new password. Now he cannot get back into the original Administrator account, so cannot access his documents etc etc. When he boots up in Safe Mode, he can see the original account, but on logging in normally he cannot access this account. It does not show up on the Welcome Screen.

    Any ideas would be gratefully received!

    Cheers chaps!
  2. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Probably the easiest answer is to take ownership of his files whilst logged on to the present admin accunt.

    SeeRick's post.
  3. josbd

    josbd TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 202

    Right, shall give that a go!

    Many thanks for your help, tis appreciated!
  4. josbd

    josbd TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 202

    No go, I am afraid!

    Any more suggestions would really be appreciated!
  5. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    How "no go"? Does this new administrator not now own the files?
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    on boot to xp welcome it only shows the one account??
    something I did not notice check this out
    from msn if you create a account with admin privledges the original admin account will not show up on welcome screen???
    in safe mode do this ,remember back up all reg files
    Start the Registry Editor
    Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon \ SpecialAccounts \ UserList \
    Right-click an empty space in the right pane and select New > DWORD Value
    Name the new value Administrator
    Double-click this new value, and enter 1 as its Value data
    Close the registry editor
    now I did not do this when I setup 2 accounts,because the 2nd account was made first as a user then I upgraded to admin or try below may be easyer
    2nd user is also admin he can certainly take ownership
    or better yet should be able to go into the system user accounts and delete the password and make new one
  7. BiZ


    Im sure this could be sorted out through gpedit.msc.
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    right click on my computer icon
    -->properties---> advanced--->user profiles
    all should be here
    Microsoft Management Console can be a little tricky
  9. josbd

    josbd TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 202

    @ Iron Duke: Not from what he tells me. If all else fails, I might go up and see what I can do.

    Thanks chaps, I shall give your suggestions a go.

    I really appreciate your help!
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