How to combine user accts?

Dell Dimension E310
September 9, 2008 at 04:08:33
Specs: Win XP Media Center, 2.8GHz / 1GB

My pc has 2 user accts - the default Admin and my acct. I may have set up the 2nd acct by mistake when first using the new pc. Since then there have been occasions when I needed to make changes or access files that I have been denied because I don't have administrator status. I've tried to delete the 2nd user acct but it remains. Can I get rid of this 2nd user acct or is it automatically created when I make choices about desktop appearance etc? I am the only user on this pc and do not need two accts plus I want to have full access to all files and systems. It seems when I try to log in as the administrator, I either cannot or still don't have full access. What can I do to correct this?

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September 9, 2008 at 05:39:08

If you can log in as the administrator account then do so and find the User Accounts settings in Control Panel and you should be able to give your account administrator priveledges from there. If unable to login to administrator account, try doing it with the Administrator account in safe-mode.

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September 9, 2008 at 09:37:59

Windows Setup always sets up at least two users - Administrator and at least one other user.
You can log on to the Administrator account only when you boot into Safe mode.
If your user does not have administrator rights, if you can boot into Safe mode and access the Administrator user without needing to use a password (or there is a password but you specified a password for it yourself), you can change your user settings so you do have administrator rights.
However, if someone else controls the Administrator user rights, such as when you are on a business or institutional network, they determine who has administrator rights and you need to know a password to log onto the Adminstrator user. There is nothing you can do about changing your rights in that case unless you know the password or the person in charge of the network Administrator user rights changes that for you.

If your user DOES have administrator rights, but your problem is you get access denied messages when you attempt to access certain folders or files
- you may have malware - that is frequently a symptom of fairly recent malware, especially the rogue anti-spyware/adware/virus ones that try to deceive you into scanning with their software and then buying their product to remove what was found.
- if you are trying to access some data that was previously set up on another system, or that was present before you re-loaded Windows and is still present, you may need to Take Ownership of the folders and files you cannot access.
However, if more users than just you (and Administrator) are accessing the computer, if the other users are using passwords when they log on, it is normal for you to get access denied messages when you try to access certain folders and files that are specific to their user.

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September 9, 2008 at 09:44:23

Thank you both for the responses. Tubesandwire, you pretty much covered my situation. I have had recent infections and perhaps that is where the problems arised. I am clean now and think I can live with the user accts - it is helpful to know that 2 accts is the default. Thank you both, again.

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September 9, 2008 at 10:09:44

These rogue anti-spyware/adware/virus ones often leave behind changes tyhey made after they have been removed. In some cases you can use a program to clean up those changes so everything in Windows is normal again.

If you had one of those, which one did you have, and what did you use to remove it? e.g.
- which web site or sites did it try to get you to go to?
- if you merely deleted lines found by HJT! there is probably more you need to remove, and certain other programs will do a better job of removing the craxx.

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September 9, 2008 at 13:31:51

I had a very deep and multi-level infection a few months ago. jabuck here at the forum coached me thru the most elaborate and intense cleanup I could imagine. I don't remember the names of the infections but it was about 10. Recently a similar but less serious infection occured and jabuck is still helping me finish the cleanup. I don't have a record of the infection names from this one either. Thanks again for your help.

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September 9, 2008 at 14:08:27

Well, in any case, if you still have leftover changes, you could try getting and running SmitFraudFix - it fixes many of the left over changes. If there is more than one user on the computer, you may need to run it on each user's log on.
Some anti-malware software (e.g.AdAware 2008) flags the download and the executable file it makes when you run the download - SmitFraudFix.exe - as malware even though it is not (there is/was malware called Smit.Fraud). If you don't want to delete them, you may need to add that file name or the folders they are in to an ignore or exclusion list.
SmitFraudFix is continually updated - get the most recent version.

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September 9, 2008 at 17:53:57

I'd also recommend NOT logging in with Admin privileges as a normal login. And, get yourself a good anti-virus program.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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September 9, 2008 at 19:50:28

Thanks to all - much appreciate the advice. Will do.

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