XP Pro Administrator issue - calling Administrator "Administrator"

By ahal · 34 replies
Feb 19, 2009
  1. ahal

    ahal TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Thanks for the feedback. I'm thinking of dropping the text out of the monitor altogether, and linking to my youtube effort. I just have to get the Carmageddon off it first ( I'd like to think that kids could visit, so I don't want my site barred from anything academic! ) I think splatting peds might be deemed 'inappropriate' lol!

    Yes, that pong thing from the 1950's is so weird. It totally blew my ideas out of the water ... I thought the atari was first! There's a cool new German site that has a good bit of history: www.pongmuseum.com

    Thanks again,

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    10 Print Looks really good
    20 Goto 10


    Actually I like the writing, idea. (might need rewording etc) But I don't think you should modernize it too much

    Hmm, "Computing Tips", best to keep this related to old computing tips, like confirm 720K or 360K floppy settings (things like that)
    As there are a few mistakes in there :(
  3. ahal

    ahal TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Yes, I'm at a bit of a crossroads ... I've got an ex-Microsoft employee prodding me along but he's more used to modernity, which isn't necessarily what I want to project. If it looks 'hey cool, old - style!' rather that 'Oh s*** this looks tired' I'll be happy.

    Must have a look at the section you mention. I'm all paranoid now lol! It's great to get some views though, thanks.
  4. ahal

    ahal TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 54

    W2K ponderings

    Hmm ...

    It's been an interesting week, to say the least. My XP pro upgrade disk is broken and I keep getting 'Unmountable_boot_volume' along with a nice blue screen when I try to upgrade Xp ( Home ). That got me thinking about my original question ...

    I am sitting here looking at the Windows 2000 Pro. setup disk. I'm wondering if maybe my 'Administrator' issue from before related to having W2K originally installed on a machine? Would I be right in saying that W2k defaults to Admin, yet in XP it uses 'Owner' and 'Guest' as user accounts?



    PS: Tell me again, to install XP and W2k on a 500 gig drive ( 50 / 50 ), what's the procedure? I remember from years ago using my W98 disk to format in FAT and then .... I don't remember :) If I remember rightly W2K has a 126 gig limit
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    W2K and XP are basically the same. Actually some say the XP is just a Service Pack upgrade to W2K, but I agree there are some marked differences and benefits that XP has over W2K

    Certainly all accounts in XP are User accounts, even the Administrator is a User account with elevated privileges. Actually that quote comes from a page that does include some errors.
    Anyway to prove this, in the Administrator account on an XP machine run %userprofile% your Administrator local account folder will open

    Here's the procedure. No need to do this.
    As explained XP is an improvement to W2K, actually the only reason why users continue to use W2K is because of security issues. Basically W2K and 98 I might add, did not have as many "open doors" to the web. Although this is not to say, not to use XP over the rest. XP is still supported by MS and is certainly preferred.

    Well I hope he said this to you:
    Backup everything, and install clean. You won't look back ;)
  6. ahal

    ahal TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Thanks Kimsland,

    I've been offline quite a bit since we last spoke ... for obvious reasons! I am quite a fan of W2K - in fact I prefer it - but I seem to remember some issue with Explorer ... it can only go to 6.0 or something? Would I be right in saying that W2K calls Administrator 'Administrator'?

    I used to like W98SE a lot, but found that the lack of drivers was a bit of a pain. Just to recap, if I want to keep a partition for XP, which goes on first?

    Thanks as always,

  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Pretty sure it goes oldest first then newer versions installed after that
    Privileges and Permissions -> Administrator account is correct since NT was introduced.
    There are some that still prefer W2K (as stated earlier) but I've never understood why
    Unless they are using Server environment and don't want all the additions to XP (or later really)

    I feel if you want compatibility especially with the Web and improvements to Operating Systems, then W2K is just too old.
  8. ahal

    ahal TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 54

    LOL ... I guess I just can't get away from the last strand of Windows 95 interface. The whole XP look just left me in shock ... but I have found it very stable like W2K. Actually I have to confess to liking Windows 95 a lot ... OSR2. The great thing about these older O.S.'s is that all the updates ( or patches as they called them back then ) came on cover discs ... all of which I still have.

    Actually I might put them on my site. Then again, MS will probably sue my *** if I do (I went looking for DOS 6.22 at one stage about a year ago and couldn't find it for download anywhere! ) Thanks a lot for all of your help, and I'll be having a look at that page you mentioned.

    It's great to get an honest appraisal ... everyone around me tells me everything is great on the site, and that's NOT what I want to hear entirely. I'm more into getting it right than an ego trip :)


  9. ahal

    ahal TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 54

    Up and running ... thank you :)

    Hi Kimsland,

    I just wanted to say a big "thank you" for your help. I managed to finally upload the updated version of the site yesterday morning, thanks in no small part to your help.

    I decided to install W2K, but as soon as I saw "incompatible OS" when I put in my Creative sound card cd, I formatted the drive and went back to XP altogether. The latter was not so easy: blue screen of death in fact.

    Went out and bought a disk repair kit, but there was a minute break in the data side of the disk so a whole morning was spent in vain. I eventually found my backup copy, and got up and running.

    Oh, incidentally I had formatted the 640 gb external drive by mistake ( I didn't realise that a USB device would be picked up during install ) so the first thing I had to do when XP was installed was use recovery software to get my data back off that!

    Regarding my Admin / website. issue, I decided to start from scratch - sort of. Obviously the machine I had backed it up from was pulling 'Administrator' reference from a prior W2K install on the particular machine or something. I swallowed hard and spent an entire night re-associating about 1000 pictures to 'Owner' instead. It was worth the pain, because now it is set and that's that.

    To say I learned a few lessons from all of this is an understatement!


  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Thanks for the update
    By the way, in future never format, always remove the partition (as I had previously stated)

    Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Repair Install step by step (* Including Delete Partition)

    Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step (* Including Delete Partition)

    * Warning deleting the Partition will remove all User data and Windows system files
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