Child changed Windows XP admin account

March 3, 2011 at 15:04:56
Specs: Windows XP

My admin account was changed by a child. Now I cannot access my files unless its in safe mode. I created a new account and deleted the one the child created. I still cannot access my original admin file. The file is there but it is not opening with windows, only in safe mode. I tried systems restore but it did not work. What do I do now?

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March 3, 2011 at 15:36:56

Must have been a very clever child.

Windows will not let you change or delete the one remaining account with Administrative permissions or the default Administrators account that is accessible for Safe Mode, If all the child did was change the Admin account password it is a simple matter to change it back again from Safe Mode.

By deleting an admin account and creating another one you will need to take ownership of the files in the deleted account. How you do this is different depending on whether you are using XP Professional or XP Home.


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March 3, 2011 at 16:15:14

There was no password on the Original Admin file. I had to create a new account to delete the one she created. Presently my comp. has two Admin files. I want my original Admin but it opens with the other admin account, that is, the newly created one. I am using XP Professional. What do I do now? Suggestions please.........

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March 3, 2011 at 16:35:08

If the original was deleted it is gone. You need to take ownership of the files it left behind


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March 3, 2011 at 16:47:08

The original file is still there but opens only in safe mode. The other admin is the one that opens up when I put on my computer. Any suggestions?

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March 3, 2011 at 17:55:46

I don't understand what you mean when you say the original file is still there. Do you mean the original user account which consists of many files.

The one that opens when you turn on your computer should still be accessible from safe mode as long as it has administration privileges. If it doesn't you need to give it administration privileges from the account that you can open in safe mode. Once you have done that you should be able to log on with that account and take ownership of any files that are there.

I cant tell you how to do that because I don't have a computer running Windows XP Professional at the moment but it is done from Computer Management.

There is a difference between a user with administrative privileges and the Administrators account. The administrators account is the one you can open in safe mode with which you can do almost anything..


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March 3, 2011 at 19:02:09

Once you delete a user you can't undo that.

Just make a new admin user in safe mode an later put a password on it.

In safe mode move the files that you need to the new account.

All users ought to be on a limited or standard user account at all times. Only rare times would one need to be on an admin account.

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March 3, 2011 at 19:08:13

All you needed to do was clear the ADMIN password:

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March 3, 2011 at 22:16:35

The original user account is still there. How do I copy my much needed files from that account into the new account that opens when I put on my computer?

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March 4, 2011 at 04:54:00

Did you check the link I provided?

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March 4, 2011 at 13:41:34

I don't understand your problem but I'll give some information.
Use it if you can.

Lost password, Change Password or Delete Password on XP User Accounts with Admin or limited Privileges.
This procedure only works if you can enter safe mode thru the hidden Admin Account
1-Boot to Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key while booting
2-Choose safe mode, Press Enter
3-Select operating system, Press Enter
4-Click Administrator Account
5-Windows is running in Safe Mode, Click YES
6-At the Safe Mode Desktop, click, Start, Control Panel
7-Double click User Accounts, Here you can delete accounts, delete/change passwords ETC.
8-When done Close all Windows
9-Restart Computer

2nd. method.
Using Start - Run to change Password.
Click on Start-Run, type: CONTROL userpasswords2, then click on OK. When the "User Accounts" window loads, click once on the username you wish to change the password for, then click on the "Reset Password" button. At the next window, type the new password twice, then click on OK and restart the computer. You'll need to use the new password when you access the login to the normal user again.

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March 4, 2011 at 14:47:24

You can name a user account anything you like EXCEPT that you can NOT name it Administrator, which is the name of the built in Administrator user account, and you can't name it the same name as another account.

The built in Administrator user account is only accessible when you boot into Safe mode, unless there are no other users that have administator rights when you boot normally.

When you attempt to delete a user, a brief message pops up that says something like "Are you sure ? All the data for the user will be deleted !"
If you continue and delete the user....
EVERYTHING for that user listed in C:\Documents and Settings\(that user)\(all that users files and folders), and the C:\Documents and Settings\(that user) folder, are deleted and they DO NOT appear in the Recycle Bin.
That includes everything for that user in
- My Documents and all it's sub folders - My Music, My Pictures, etc.
- if that user was using an email program that's installed on the computer, all the saved emails, attachments, the saved email addresses or contacts, etc.
- all personally placed shortcuts, files, and folders that were on the desktop screen
- all personal Favorites for Internet Exporer (saved links to web sites)
- many programs also store personal info and settings there. E.g.other internet browsers, other email programs.

If you delete a user and then make another one with the same name, those files and folders ARE NOT restored.

The only way you can get those deleted files and folders restored is by using an un-delete program of some sort. The longer you wait before you do that while still using Windows on the same computer, the fewer files and folders that can be successfully restored.
For the best results, do NOT use Windows on the same computer at all ! Connect the drive to another computer that has an operating system such that you are not booting the computer from your drive, and run the un-delete program on your hard drive contents.

If you can't access a file or folder when you use a user when you boot normally, if that user has administrator rights, you can Take Ownership of the files and folders you can't access and be able to access them.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

NOTE: you probably have to reboot the computer before the settings you change actually take effect !

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March 4, 2011 at 17:32:49

"The original user account is still there. How do I copy my much needed files from that account into the new account that opens when I put on my computer?"

You can "take ownership" of the files. See this link.

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March 4, 2011 at 18:00:05

Well the OP has had the same link three times now. He or she must have a good idea of what needs to be done by now.


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